According to Ballotpedia, over 500 people have filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to run as President in the 2020 race.
A scan of the list can leave one thinking: “What a wonderful political system we have!” or “Not again. Can’t we put some restrictions on all these third parties?” to “Well if Trump could do it, anyone can.” And much in between that triangle.
As of February 10, 2019, the candidate list includes the following major party breakdown:
- 175 Democratic candidates
- 70 Republican candidates
- 19 Libertarian candidates
- 13 Green candidates
These are a few of the unique party affiliations on that list:
- The George Wallace Party, namesake of the deceased Alabama governor who called for “segregation forever.” Justin Tomlinson is its candidate.
- The People’s Party, which is an offshoot of the Draft Bernie campaign, connected to Our Revolution, which is an offspring of the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign. Michael Bowers is its candidate.
- The Citizens’ Party, a holdover from 2016 with an outdated website. Erika Ronice Blakely is its candidate.
- KSP, possibly the Kirsten Sinema Party. Kameron Scott, its candidate, filed in July 2016.
- FHB and its candidate, Jordan R. Lassiter are both unknowns. Lassiter filed in March 2016.
- The Human Rights Party was active in Ann Arbor, MI in the 1970s but apparently disbanded. Nonetheless, Avital Hadas Oberstein is running as its candidate.
- The Commandments Party has no online data available to describe its platform. Its candidate is Herman Yoder who may be a fictional character who appears in a crazy book by Gregory Blake Smith.