Election 2020: who will the Democrats pick? Here are the 7 favourites

Can any of these potential candidates defeat President Donald Trump?

7th – Hillary Clinton

Believe it or not, but Clinton is the betting markets’ seventh favourite to be the Democratic party’s 2020 pick. After losing to Donald Trump only last year, a Clinton candidacy, let alone a nomination, seems unlikely, but it is worth remembering that she won the 2016 popular vote.

Ladbrokes odds: 16/1 (via Oddschecker).

6th – Joe Biden

America’s former VP ruled out a 2016 run, but could he make a national comeback in three years time? CNN reported in September that the 74 year-old’s daughter said that the most recent Democratic Vice President could be considering a 2020 presidential bid.

Ladbrokes: 14/1. William Hill 10/1.

5th – Michelle Obama

Could America’s former first lady run for public office? The betting markets certainly seem to think she is in with a shot of becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee, but Obama has other ideas. According to the Herald, she has no plans to run in 2020.

Coral: 10/1.

4th – Cory Brooker

Brooker is a US Senator representing New Jersey, a position he has held since 2013. The Hill reports that Brooker is undecided about a 2020 bid. Could he be the breath of fresh air the party needs?

William Hill: 8/1.

3rd – Bernie Sanders

Sanders lost in 2016, but could he win in three years-time? If he ran, there is no doubt that he would gain substantial support from those on the left of the party, but it is worth considering that he will be approaching 80 by the time of the next election. Could he pass the baton on to someone else with similar progressive views?

Ladbrokes: 8/1.

2nd – Elizabeth Warren

Warren is a strong progressive senator from Massachusetts who could energise the party and take the fight to Donald Trump. Will she be crowned nominee in 2020?

Ladbrokes 6/1, Betfred 7/1.

1st – Kamala Harris

1st – Vice President Mike Pence

The former governor of Indiana was announced as Donald Trump’s running-mate ahead of the general election last November. Previously a member of the US House of Representatives, Pence became Indiana governor in 2013 and served right up until January of this year. Pence is currently the second favourite political figure to win the 2020 election, only beaten by incumbent Donald Trump, according to Oddschecker.

2nd – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Should the unthinkable happen to Trump and Pence, or should both get caught up in a scandal and are forced to resign together, this establishment Republican would be elevated to the presidency. Ryan was Mitt Romney’s running-mate back in 2012, and has served as Speaker since the end of 2015.

3rd – President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch

The president of the senate is the vice president, who can vote on the senate floor in the event of a tied vote. The president pro tempore is a position usually reserved for the most senior member in the majority party, meaning that the current president pro tempore of the Senate is 83-year-old Republican Orrin Hatch, who is the second longest-serving senator in the chamber.

4th – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

America’s most senior foreign affairs figure is fourth in line to the presidency. Under Barack Obama, this post was first held by Hillary Clinton and later John Kerry, but is currently held by Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the biggest oil companies in the world.

Hillary Clinton started by taking down Donald Trump. Plenty of outlets are reporting that Harris could be considering a 2020 presidential run, most recently the Capitolist. Ladbrokes: 5/1, William Hill 6/1.

All odds via Oddschecker and accurate on 12th October.

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