kids encyclopedia robot

2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

← 2016 February 3 to June 23, 2020 2024 →

1,990 of 3,979 pledged delegate votes needed to win the presidential nomination at the convention's first ballot.
(2,376 of all 4,750 delegate votes needed to win any subsequent ballots at a contested convention.)
  Joe Biden February 2020 crop.jpg Bernie Sanders March 2020 (cropped).jpg Elizabeth Warren by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Candidate Joe Biden Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren
Home state Delaware Vermont Massachusetts
Delegate count 2,671 1,073 63
Contests won 46 9 0
Popular vote 18,015,274 9,443,990 2,780,873
Percentage 51.05% 26.76% 7.88%

  Michael Bloomberg by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg Pete Buttigieg by Gage Skidmore 2 (cropped).jpg Amy Klobuchar by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Candidate Michael Bloomberg Pete Buttigieg Amy Klobuchar
Home state New York Indiana Minnesota
Delegate count 59 21 7
Contests won 1 1 0
Popular vote 2,475,130 912,214 524,400
Percentage 7.01% 2.58% 1.49%

  Tulsi Gabbard February 2020 town meeting.jpg
Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Home state Hawaii
Delegate count 2
Contests won 0
Popular vote 263,952
Percentage 0.75%

Democratic Party presidential primaries results by first instance vote, 2020.svg
First place by popular vote
Democratic Party presidential primaries results, 2020.svg
First place by national pledged delegates

Previous Democratic nominee

Hillary Clinton

Democratic nominee

Joe Biden

The 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries and caucuses were a series of elections by the Democratic Party to select the about 3,979 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Those delegates picked the Democratic nominee for president of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election.

The elections took place from February to August 2020 in all fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and Democrats Abroad.

On June 5, 2020, Biden passed the threshold of 1,991 delegates, securing the nomination.


The 2020 field of Democratic presidential candidates peaked at more than two dozen candidates. According to Politifact, this field is believed to be the largest field of presidential candidates for any American political party since 1972; it exceeds the field of 17 major candidates who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

In May 2019, CBS News referred to the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates as "the largest and most diverse Democratic primary field in modern history", including at least six female presidential candidates.

Delegate votes

The new superdelegate reforms also regulate how the 2020 Democratic National Convention shall handle the outcome of primaries and caucuses for three potential scenarios:

  1. If a single candidate wins at least 2,268 pledged delegates: Superdelegates will be allowed to vote at first ballot, as their influence can not overturn the majority of pledged delegates.
  2. If a single candidate wins 1,886–2,267 pledged delegates: Superdelegates will be barred from voting at first ballot, which solely will be decided by the will of pledged delegates.
  3. If no candidate wins more than 1,885 pledged delegates: This will result in a contested convention, where superdelegates are barred from voting at the first formal ballot, but regain their right to vote for their preferred presidential nominee for all subsequent ballots needed until the delegates reach a majority.



Democratic Party (United States)
2020 Democratic Party ticket
Joe Biden Kamala Harris
for President for Vice President
Joe Biden February 2020 crop.jpg
Vice President of the United States
U.S. senator from Delaware
Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg


Candidates in this section are sorted by date of withdrawal from the primaries
Bernie Sanders Tulsi Gabbard Elizabeth Warren Michael Bloomberg Amy Klobuchar Pete Buttigieg Tom Steyer
Bernie Sanders March 2020 (cropped).jpg
Tulsi Gabbard (48011616441) (cropped).jpg
Elizabeth Warren by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Michael Bloomberg by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Amy Klobuchar by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Pete Buttigieg by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Tom Steyer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
U.S. senator from Vermont
U.S. representative from VT-AL
U.S. representative from HI-02
U.S. senator from Massachusetts
Mayor of New York City, New York
CEO of Bloomberg L.P.
U.S. senator from Minnesota
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Hedge fund manager
Founder of Farallon Capital and Beneficial State Bank
Bernie Sanders 2020 logo.svg Tulsi Gabbard logo.svg Elizabeth Warren 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Amy Klobuchar 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Pete for America logo (Strato Blue).svg Tom Steyer 2020 logo (black text).svg
Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign
W: April 8, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
8,466,161 votes
1,007 delegates

W: March 19, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
191,459 votes
2 delegates

W: March 5, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
2,607,928 votes
58 delegates

W: March 4, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
2,422,368 votes
43 delegates

W: March 2, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
494,695 votes
7 delegates

W: March 1, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
855,014 votes
21 delegates

W: February 29, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
248,875 votes

Deval Patrick Michael Bennet Andrew Yang John Delaney Cory Booker Marianne Williamson Julián Castro
Deval Patrick 2016.jpg
Michael Bennet by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Andrew Yang by Gage Skidmore.jpg
John Delaney by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cory Booker by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Marianne Williamson November 2019.jpg
Julian Castro 2019 crop.jpg
Governor of Massachusetts
U.S. senator from Colorado
Founder of Venture for America
U.S. representative from MD-06
U.S. senator from New Jersey
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Founder of Project Angel Food
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
Devallogo2020.png Michael Bennet 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Andrew Yang 2020 logo.svg John Delaney 2020 logo.svg Cory Booker 2020 Logo.svg Marianne Williamson 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Julian Castro 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign
W: February 12, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
19,630 votes

W: February 11, 2020

42,322 votes

W: February 11, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
108,313 votes

W: January 31, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
15,985 votes

W: January 13, 2020

(endorsed Biden)
28,913 votes

W: January 10, 2020

(endorsed Sanders)
21,437 votes

W: January 2, 2020

(endorsed Warren, then Biden)
36,277 votes

Kamala Harris Steve Bullock Joe Sestak Wayne Messam Beto O'Rourke Tim Ryan Bill de Blasio
Kamala Harris April 2019.jpg
Steve Bullock by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joe Sestak August 2019 (3) (cropped).jpg
Wayne Messam by Marc Nozell (cropped).jpg
Beto O'Rourke April 2019.jpg
Tim Ryan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Bill de Blasio by Gage Skidmore.jpg
U.S. senator from California
Attorney General of California
Governor of Montana
Attorney General of Montana
U.S. representative from PA-07
Former Vice Admiral of the United States Navy
Mayor of Miramar, Florida
U.S. representative from TX-16
U.S. representative from OH-13
U.S. representative from OH-17
Mayor of New York City, New York
Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Steve Bullock 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg N/A Wayne Messam 2020 presidential campaign logo.png Beto O'Rourke 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Timryan2020.png Bill de Blasio 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign
W: December 2, 2019

844 votes

W: December 3, 2019

(endorsed Biden)
549 votes

W: December 1, 2019

(endorsed Klobuchar)
5,251 votes

W: November 19, 2019

0 votes

W: November 1, 2019

(endorsed Biden)
1 vote

W: October 24, 2019

(endorsed Biden)
0 votes

W: September 20, 2019

(endorsed Sanders)
0 votes

Kirsten Gillibrand Seth Moulton Jay Inslee John Hickenlooper Mike Gravel Eric Swalwell Richard Ojeda
Kirsten Gillibrand August 2019.jpg
Seth Moulton August 2019.jpg
Jay Inslee by Gage Skidmore.jpg
John Hickenlooper by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mike Gravel (4361913984) (cropped).jpg
Eric Swalwell (48016282941) (cropped).jpg
MAJ Richard Ojeda.jpg
U.S. senator from New York
U.S. representative from NY-20
U.S. representative from MA-06
Governor of Washington
U.S. representative from WA-01
U.S. representative from WA-04
Governor of Colorado
Mayor of Denver, Colorado
U.S. senator from Alaska
U.S. representative from CA-15
West Virginia state senator from WV-SD07
Gillibrand 2020 logo.png Seth Moulton 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg Jay Inslee 2020 logo3.png John Hickenlooper 2020 presidential campaign logo.png Gravel Mg web logo line two color.svg Eric Swalwell 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg N/A
Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign Campaign
W: August 28, 2019

(endorsed Biden)
0 votes

W: August 23, 2019

(endorsed Biden)
0 votes

W: August 21, 2019

1 vote

W: August 15, 2019

(endorsed Bennet)
1 vote

W: August 6, 2019

(endorsed Gabbard and Sanders)
0 votes

W: July 8, 2019

0 votes

W: January 25, 2019

0 votes

Primary and caucus calendar

2020 Democratic presidential primary and caucus calendar
Democratic primary and caucus calendar by currently scheduled date
      March 3 (Super Tuesday)
      March 10
      March 14–17
      March 24–29
      April 4–7
      April 28
      No scheduled 2020 date
Date Total
Pledged Delegates
February 3 41 Iowa caucuses
February 11 24 New Hampshire primary
February 22 36 Nevada caucuses
February 29 54 South Carolina primary
March 3
(Super Tuesday)
1,345 Alabama primary
American Samoa caucuses
Arkansas primary
California primary
Colorado primary voting period ends
Maine primary
Massachusetts primary
Minnesota primary
North Carolina primary
Oklahoma primary
Tennessee primary
Texas primary
Utah primary
Vermont primary
Virginia primary
March 10 365 Democrats Abroad party-run primary voting period ends
Idaho primary
Michigan primary
Mississippi primary
Missouri primary
North Dakota firehouse caucuses (party-run primary)
Washington primary voting period ends
March 14 6 Northern Mariana Islands caucuses
March 17 577 Arizona primary
Florida primary
Illinois primary
Ohio primary
March 24 105 Georgia primary
March 29 51 Puerto Rico primary
April 4 107 Alaska party-run primary
Hawaii party-run primary
Louisiana primary
Wyoming caucuses
April 7 84 Wisconsin primary
April 28 662 Connecticut primary
Delaware primary
Maryland primary
New York primary
Pennsylvania primary
Rhode Island primary
May 2 46 Guam caucuses
Kansas party-run primary
May 5 82 Indiana primary
May 12 57 Nebraska primary
West Virginia primary
May 19 115 Kentucky primary
Oregon primary
June 2 215 District of Columbia primary
Montana primary
New Jersey primary
New Mexico primary
South Dakota primary
June 6 7 United States Virgin Islands caucuses


EasyTimeline 1.90

Timeline generation failed: 1 error found
Line 53: from:04/25/2019 till:09/27/2023 color:Active text:"[[Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign|Biden]]"

- Plotdata attribute 'till' invalid.
Date '09/27/2023' not within range as specified by command Period.

New Hampshire
Final primaries


The convention was scheduled to be held from July 13–16, 2020, at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was held from August 17–20. Most speakers did not go to the central location. Instead, they joined the convention from other places, using the internet.


Map legend
     Joe Biden
     Michael Bloomberg
     Pete Buttigieg
     Amy Klobuchar
     Bernie Sanders
     Tom Steyer
     Elizabeth Warren
     Winner not yet declared


Polling aggregates
Source of poll aggregation Date updated Dates polled Biden Sanders Undecided
270toWin Mar 19, 2020 Mar 11–18, 2020 55.0% 34.4% 10.6%
FiveThirtyEight Mar 19, 2020 Mar 8-17, 2020 51.5% 32.6% 15.9%
RealClear Politics Mar 19, 2020 Mar 8–16, 2020 55.7% 35.3% 9.0%
Average 54.1% 34.1% 11.8%

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Primarias presidenciales del Partido Demócrata de 2020 para niños

National Hispanic Heritage Month on Kiddle
Famous Hispanic actresses
Zoe Saldaña
Rosa Salazar
Sofía Vergara
Rita Hayworth
kids search engine
2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.