However, with 12 candidates still in the running, the race is wide open ahead of the first Democratic debate of the year, and of course, the upcoming primaries.
Read on for a refresher on every Democratic candidate in the running, and their key issues.
Current/Former Role: Colorado Senator since 2009
Current/Former Role: Former Vice President, former six-term senator from Delaware
Key Issues: According to Biden, his vision is to assert America’s role as a global leader, and to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act. He’s also spoken about rebuilding the middle class and protecting the right to vote.
Current Role: Billionaire media executive and philanthropist, former New York City mayor
Current/Former Role: Former mayor of South Bend, Ind., former intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve
Key Issues: Buttigieg’s campaign has said they are pushing for generational change, and calls for a new era in American politics. He has called for creating more seats on the Supreme Court, and supports the implementation of a Green New Deal.
Current/Former Role: Former U.S. Representative for Maryland
Current/Former Role: Congresswoman representing Hawaii’s Second district
Key Issues: The first female combat veteran to run for president, Gabbard’s platform aims to end wars abroad and ensure peacebuilding.
Current/Former Role: Senator from Minnesota since 2007
Key Issues: Klobuchar has unveiled a plan for her first 100 days that includes getting the U.S. back on the International Climate Agreement, protecting voting rights, and raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. She has also championed legislation to fight the opioid crisis.
Current/Former Role: Former governor of Massachusetts
Key Issues: Patrick has vowed to invest in public schools, grow the economy, and provide high-quality healthcare by expanding a public option within the Affordable Care Act. He has also pledged to reform immigration by overhauling (but not abolishing) ICE.
Current/Former Role: Senator from Vermont
Key Issues: A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders has emphasized Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, and tuition-free public college. He has also advocated for the Green New Deal, as well as expanding social security.
Current/Former Role: Billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist
Key Issues: Steyer’s platform is focused primarily on addressing climate change, breaking corporations’ influence on the government, and expanding access to the ballot box.
Current/Former Role: Senator from Massachusetts since 2013
Key Issues: The candidate who famously “has a plan for that,” Warren has prioritized tackling corruption in Washington, canceling student loan debt, and creating a wealth tax.
Current/Former Role: Former technology executive