2020 presidential candidate preview

Above, the results from 211 surveyed South students responding to the following question: “If you were able to vote (regardless of age) out of the following declared or likely to declare candidates, which would you choose to be the 46th President of the United States?”


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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, U.S Senator for Vermont

Age: 77

Sanders, who also ran in the 2016 presidential election, is know for his far left political views. He supports universal healthcare, free college tuition, and tax increases for the wealthy. His “radical” ideas make him very popular among younger voters.

Sanders lived a portion of his life in Chicago, which sparked his interest in political activism. He became involved in civil rights, socialist, and antiwar movements, which he continued to stay involved in throughout his career. If elected, Sanders would beat Trump for the oldest United States President.

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California Senator Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, current U.S. Senator for California

Age 54

Harris is very passionate about solving problems in the economy, as well as healthcare and rising taxes among the lower and middle class. She strongly believes the government needs significant change and agrees with many other Democratic views.

Harris’s parents came from Jamaica and India but she was born and raised in Oakland, California. Her first job in her political career was as a District Attorney for San Francisco in 2003, from which she worked her way up until she became a Senator in 2016.

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, current U.S. Senator for Massachusetts

Age 69

Warren will prioritize strengthening the country’s democracy, economy, foreign policies, and judicial equity; she wants an America that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy. She is looking to change the structural flaws of government to benefit everyday people.

She attended Rutgers Law School to work her way to becoming a law professor, and she now is an expert in the financial struggles that middle class families face. Later Warren married her second husband with whom she had two kids.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar, current U.S. Senator for Minnesota

Age 58

Klobuchar is running on a platform of providing more jobs, helping the economy, the environment, and veterans. She keeps her campaign very general, with the overall focus of working toward the ‘common good’ together.

Klobuchar was born and raised in Minnesota and has been a U.S Senator for Minnesota since 2006, and a licensed attorney since 1985. Throughout her time as Senator, she sponsored 111 pieces of legislation that went into law. Klobuchar was married in 1993 and has one child.

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

Cory Booker, current U.S. Senator for New Jersey

Age 49

Booker is strongly focused around uniting the country and making sure everyone is supported. His top priority is to solve the issues facing the country by finding solutions that will bring the country closer together, stressing common ground.

When Booker was a child, his family was turned away from buying a home because of their race. A group of lawyers looking to support African American families helped them fight the discrimination they faced. This changed the path of Booker’s life, allowing him to pursue a successful career in law and later, politics.

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand, current U.S Senator for New York

Age 52

Gillibrand is running to fight for families, equality, and justice. She is passionate about healthcare, education, and jobs for everybody. Her top priority is to rebuild the American economy.

She grew up in upstate New York with two attorney parents, later graduating from Dartmouth College and UCLA School of Law. She is married to Briton Jonathan Gillibrand and has two children.

Hawaii Senator Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, current Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District

Age 37

Affordable housing and cost-of-living-related issues are listed as one of Gabbard’s top priorities. She has a long history of public service including time spent in Hawaii’s National Guard, multiple deployments in the Middle East, and service in multiple political positions.

Gabbard is the first American Hindu to be elected into Congress and comes from a family of small business owners and political figures. She has also apologized for her past affiliation with an anti-LGBT group according to the New York Times.

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Former Congressman Beto O’ Rourke

Beto O’ Rourke, former Representative for Texas’s 16th Congressional District

Age 46

O’ Rourke is calling for unity across party lines. He has mainly liberal views, but not as progressive as other candidates for 2020. He has distinguished his campaign by taking a more centrist position in a field crowded with more progressive candidates.

O’ Rourke gained popularity when he lost against his Ted Cruz for a Texas Senate seat in the 2018 Midterms. O’Rourke has recently started supporting Medicare For America instead of single payer Medicare For All, which he previously supported. He was a City Council member for El Paso, Texas, before he served as a United States Representative.

Maryland Congressman John Delaney

John Delaney, former Democratic Representative for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District

Age 55

Delaney is running with very clear, detailed promises to create tangible solutions to big issues like climate change. He is also focused on embracing technology’s role in the country’s future.

Delany grew up in a low income family and worked hard to put himself through college and become a successful business owner and politician. He spent most of his life as an entrepreneur before being elected as a Representative in 2013.

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Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado

Age 67

Hickenlooper stresses the importance of issues like gun control, climate change, and access to healthcare. During Hickenlooper’s time as governor, he helped the people of Colorado to take on on some of those issues through expanding Medicaid, passing gun safety legislation, and other actions.

After losing his job in the early 80s, Hickenlooper started a successful business that helped to kickstart new growth in an abandoned area in Denver, Colorado. As the business and neighborhood thrived, he became an advocate for this new community and eventually ran for mayor.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee, current Governor of Washington

Age 68

Inslee’s biggest priority in his campaign is defeating climate change. His aggressive strategies to defeat climate change include increased usage of clean energy, eliminating dependency on fossil fuels, creating green new jobs, and environmental justice action. He believes doing this would also help to support marginalized families and increase job opportunities.

He has been a Governor for the state of Washington since 2013, and has spent his career tackling climate change in Washington. He wrote a book called Apollo’s Fire, and has three children with his wife, Trudi.

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg


Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Age 37

As mayor, Buttigieg helped the town of South Bend out of economic struggles and also has military experience as a Navy lieutenant and Afghanistan veteran. He was also mentioned by Obama as one of the top Democrats who represent the future of the Democratic Party.

Buttigieg is married to his husband Chasten Buttigieg which would make him the first openly gay president. Buttigieg is only the 32rd mayor of South Bend, Indiana as of 2012.

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Former Federal Housing Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro


Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio Mayor

Age 44

Castro has a strong focus on uniting the country with a pledge to visit all 50 states. Castro also has a focus on promising a future of equality for underserved citizens such as people of color, veterans, seniors, students, and immigrants.

Castro comes from immigrant roots and a family that believes in the power of the people to enact political change. Castro married his current wife in 2007 and now has two children. He was a mayor of San Antonio,Texas, for five years until he became the youngest member of Obama’s cabinet in 2014.

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Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang, entrepreneur

Age 44

Yang’s campaign focuses on implementing a universal monthly income for every American citizen. He believes artificial intelligence is taking over jobs in the U.S. and the world, so he plans to implement policy to take money from companies profiting the most from advancements in technology.

Yang studied economics and political science in college and later started Venture for America, an organization that helps other entrepreneurs create jobs in American cities. The organization has created over 2,500 jobs so far. Yang is also a husband and father of two children.

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Author and self-help guru Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and author

Age 66

Williamson has never held political office, but if elected, she would focus on improving children’s health, education, safety, the relevance of environmental policy, and crime prevention, along with many others. She has generic Democratic views, and doesn’t seem to have any specific priority.

She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now lives in Los Angeles, where she has one daughter who she’s very devoted to. Williamson could be described as a reflective and meditative, a free spirit who cares about the ‘best interests’ for her country. She has written 12 books and is a leader to many in the spiritual world.


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Current President Donald Trump

Donald Trump, current U.S. president

Age 72

Current president, Trump is known for his far right views and conservatism. As president one of his main focuses has been tighter immigration restrictions and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He has also fought against gun control, recognition of climate change, and women’s access to sexual healthcare.

Trump grew up in a very wealthy family, and when his father died, he inherited the family real estate business and played the main character in a television show called, ‘The Apprentice.’ Throughout his life, he was given all of the support financially he needed to work towards his goals. He has no previous political experience.

If you were able to vote (regardless of age) out of the following declared or likely to declare candidates, which would you choose to be the 46th President of the United States?

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden (43%, 72 Votes)
  • California Senator Kamala Harris (20%, 33 Votes)
  • Current President Donald Trump (17%, 29 Votes)
  • Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (7%, 11 Votes)
  • South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (7%, 11 Votes)
  • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Former Federal Housing Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Maryland Representative John Delaney (0%, 0 Votes)
  • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (0%, 0 Votes)
  • New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of the above (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13,849

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