Minor party and independent candidates for the 2020 United States presidential election

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Minor party and independent presidential candidates for the 2020 presidential election

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The following political parties, and independent candidates, currently have ballot access to less than 270 electoral votes. These parties and/or their nominees will need to conduct ballot access drives (or run write-in campaigns) in order to have a theoretical chance of winning the election. Ballot access deadlines vary from state to state, with the latest deadlines falling in September 2020.[1]

Declared candidates[edit]

  Seeking party's nomination
Party Presidential nominee Vice presidential nominee Attainable Electors
States with ballot access
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Brian Carroll
Educator from California
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Amar Patel
Chairman of the American Solidarity Party from Illinois
(53) (Alabama,[2] Iowa,[2] New Hampshire,[2] New Jersey,[2] Oregon,[3] Pennsylvania,[2] Rhode Island,[2] Vermont[2]) [4][5]
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Jerome Segal
Philosopher from Maryland
TBA 10 Maryland [6]
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Don Blankenship
Coal Executive from West Virginia
TBA 137 Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming[7] [8]
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Mark Charles
Activist from the District of Columbia
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Gloria La Riva
Activist from California
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Leonard Peltier
Activist from Florida
TBD TBD [10]
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Phil Collins
Libertyville Township Trustee
(2013-2016) from Nevada
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Billy Joe Parker
Activist from Georgia
6 Mississippi[11] [12]
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Jeff Mackler
Activist from California
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Heather Bradford
Public school teacher from Minnesota
TBD TBD [13]
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Howie Hawkins
Co-founder of the Green Party from New York
TBA See Green presidential primaries [14]
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Elizabeth Warren
U.S. senator from Massachusetts
TBA See Democratic presidential primaries [15]

Notable people who have announced that they are running for president in 2020 as independent candidates but have not established campaign websites are:

Withdrawn candidates[edit]

Publicly expressed interest[edit]

Individuals in this section have expressed an interest in running for president as an independent candidate within the last six months.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Winger, Richard (August 1, 2019). "2020 Petitioning for President". Ballot Access News. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Ballot access for presidential candidates". Ballotpedia. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Election Law Summary" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Elections Division. p. 14. Retrieved October 19, 2016. Oregon voters have the option of not voting for any of the candidates for office who are printed on the ballot, but instead writing in a name of a candidate for each office. All write-in votes for each office on the ballot are tallied together with a lump sum recorded unless: 1 No names of candidates are printed on the ballot for the office; or 2 If the total number of write-in votes for candidates equals or exceeds the total number of votes for any candidate for the same nomination or office. In these two circumstances, the county clerk tallies all write-in votes cast for the office to show the total number of votes for each write-in candidate.
  4. ^ https://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/605/201910019163579605/201910019163579605.pdf
  5. ^ Carroll, Brian (April 2, 2019). "April 5, 2019 Preview". YouTube. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Chason, Rachel (August 28, 2019). "Jerome Segal, of Maryland socialist Bread and Roses party, to run for president". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ballot Access". constitutionparty.com. 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Don Blankenship declares for Constitution Party presidential nomination". ballot-access.org.
  9. ^ "'Yá'át'tééh ... I am running for president'". IndianCountryToday.com.
  10. ^ La Riva, Gloria (September 25, 2019). "Party for Socialism and Liberation launches 2020 presidential campaign". Party for Socialism and Liberation. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Political parties in Mississippi". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Presidential Candidate". prohibitionparty.org. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Baker, Nick (May 11, 2019). "Socialist Action launches 2020 presidential campaign". Socialist Action. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Socialist Party USA [@SPofUSA] (October 26, 2019). "The Socialist Party is excited to announce Howie Hawkins as its presidential nominee for the 2020 election!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 26, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President". Working Families Party. September 16, 2019. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "The 213th Podcast".
  17. ^ "HEY, JEREMY GABLE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT - committee overview". FEC.gov.
  18. ^ Kroell, Ronnie. "Ronnie Friend Kroell was live". Facebook. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "Florida Reform Party Chair Joe Wendt Announces POTUS Bid". independentpoliticalreport.com. September 10, 2019.
  20. ^ Darcy G. Richardson (July 15, 2019). "FEC FORM 2" (PDF). Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  21. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (October 23, 2019). "Dick's CEO Ed Stack considering third-party presidential run: Report". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  22. ^ Rodrigo, Chris Mills (September 30, 2019). "Jesse Ventura considering run for president as independent". The Hill. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  23. ^ Ganesh Setty (September 30, 2019). "Mark Cuban says he needs permission to run for president: 'My family voted it down'". CNBC. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  24. ^ Merica, Dan (October 18, 2019). "Hillary Clinton suggests Russians are 'grooming' Tulsi Gabbard for third-party run". CNN. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  25. ^ Veronica Stracqualursi (September 6, 2019). "Howard Schultz drops plans to run as independent candidate in 2020". CNN.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  26. ^ Garcia, Victor (October 17, 2019). "Marianne Williamson rules out third party run, vows to get behind Democratic nominee". Fox News.
  27. ^ Amy B. Wang. "Andrew Yang rules out minor party or independent run if he's not the Democratic nominee". Washington Post.