The number is now up to 744. That’s right. That’s the number of people who have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for president of the United States as of June 3rd. It shouldn’t be surprising the number is so high when you consider the Constitution prescribes only three criteria be met to be president: one must be at least 35 years old, be a natural born citizen, and be a resident of the United States for 14 years.
Of the 744, only 26 (24 are Democrats) are considered by the website Ballotpedia to be “notable declared candidates” because they are either public figures or are current or former elected officials. There are no restrictions on the “how” one declares for the office. However, there are as it pertains to the “when.” The FEC requires candidates to register within 15 days of either receiving a contribution or making an expenditure greater than $5,000.
First out of the gate for 2020 was President Donald Trump himself. Trump filed to run in 2020 on his inauguration date, January 20, 2017. His first Democrat opponent was former Maryland Congressman John Delaney who filed to run on August 10, 2017. The vast majority of the other 25 notable candidates filed or announced in 2019. The only Republican in that group is former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who was also the Libertarian candidate for vice president in 2016.
You can learn an enormous amount about each candidate, including their positions on issues, their campaign staff, campaign travel and appearances, and more at Ballotpedia’s site here.
Jeff Szymanski works in political communications for the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), a senior benefits organization with nearly 2 million members.