Ojeda threw his hat into the ring for the presidency in November after losing his congressional candidacy bid in West Virginia.
A former Army paratrooper who resigned as a state Senator to focus on his campaign, Ojeda voted for Trump in 2016 but made it clear his opinions on the president had soured.
“I think I relate to the people far more than what the president can ever relate to these people,” he said upon announcing his campaign. “The very people he comes down to West Virginia and stands in front of could never afford one single round of gold in some of his fancy country clubs. That’s not where I stand.”
Ojeda, 48, eventually dropped out of the race in late January, writing in a statement that he did not want to accept money from people for a campaign “that does not have the ability to compete.
“I want you to know that my fight does not end. I may not have the money to make the media pay attention, but I will continue raising my voice and highlighting the issues the working class, the sick and the elderly face in this nation,” he wrote.
Rep. Eric Swalwell
A long-shot when he announced he was running in April, Swalwell stuck out his campaign until July, when he became the first candidate who had made it onto the debate stage to then drop out of the race.
The California congressman, 38, was heavily focused on gun violence prevention (he proposed a gun buyback program), climate change, health care and the student debt crisis.
He said he was calling it quits after his polling and fundraising numbers fell short, but he promised to continue fighting for a safer nation.
“After the first Democratic presidential debate, our polling and fundraising numbers weren’t what we had hoped for, and I no longer see a path forward to the nomination,” he said. “My presidential campaign ends today, but this also is the start of a new passage for the issues on which our campaign ran.”
Sen. Mike Gravel
The 89-year-old former senator from Alaska led a brief — and rather nontraditional — campaign before dropping out in August.
Gravel, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008, first as a Democrat and then as a Libertarian, was convinced to run by a pair of teenagers and announced his candidacy by claiming he only wanted to make it to the debate stage in order to “push the field left.”
Despite a viral, Twitter-heavy campaign run by the 18-year-olds, one a high school senior and the other a freshman at Columbia University, Gravel failed to qualify for the first debate in June and missed the polling mark for the second debate a month later.
“I’m proud and honored to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidency of the United States,” he said in a Twitter video. “Bernie has a program that benefits all Americans — not just the 1 percent. He will be a great president for all Americans.”
Gov. John Hickenlooper
The former governor of Colorado kicked off his presidential campaign in March, describing himself as a “pragmatic progressive.”
“Ultimately I’m running for president because I believe that not only can I beat Donald Trump, but that I am the person that can bring people together on the other side and actually get stuff done,” Hickenlooper said on Good Morning America. “The division is keeping us from addressing big issues like climate change and the soaring costs of health care.”
The Democrat, who was the mayor of Denver, a geologist and a restaurateur before serving as governor from 2011 to 2019, pulled the plug on his bid in August.
“In almost every regard, this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than I ever imagined, although of course I did imagine a very different conclusion,” he said in a video announcing his decision to drop out of the race.
“I ran for president because this country is being ripped apart by politics and partisan games while our biggest problems go unsolved. Now today, I’m ending my campaign for president but I will never stop believing America can only move forward when we work together.”
As for what’s next, Hickenlooper said he would give “some serious thought” to a Senate run.
Gov. Jay Inslee
The Washington governor, 68, announced his candidacy on March 1 with a clear message: He wasn’t afraid to talk about climate change, vowing to make it America’s “No. 1 priority.”
On Aug. 21, not quite six months later, Inslee announced he was withdrawing from the 2020 presidential race but remained committed to combatting climate change.
“As disappointing as this is, it is only right to recognize what we have accomplished and how far we have come together,” he wrote on Twitter. He dropped out a few weeks before the next scheduled Democratic debate, for which he was unlikely to qualify.
The Associated Press soon reported that Inslee was preparing to launch a re-election bid for his third term as governor.
Rep. Seth Moulton
The 40-year-old Marine Corps veteran and Massachusetts lawmaker announced on Aug. 23 he was ending his four-month campaign for the presidency.
“I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders,” he told the Times, describing the question for voters as one about how fully to embrace progressive politics.
A more centrist Democrat who had made headlines last year unsuccessfully seeking to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, Moulton launched his campaign in April touting his own military service.
“I am running because I am a patriot, because I believe in this country and because I have never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it,” Moulton said on Good Morning America.
In August, in withdrawing, Moulton told the Times he would instead seek another term in the House.
According to his website, Moulton is supportive of paid family leave and the Green New Deal to combat climate change and wants to expand government-backed health care as an option for all consumers.
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand
Gillibrand, 52, dropped out of the race nearly eight months after announcing her plans to run for the presidency.
The Democratic candidate and New York senator announced the news in a video on Twitter on Aug. 28 and explained that her decision came as a result of “knowing how you can best serve your community and country.”
“Our work is not done and we have a clear mission in front of us,” she said in her video. “We have to defeat President Trump, flip the Senate and elect women up and down the ballot.”
A fierce supporter of equality and women’s rights, Gillibrand was outspoken against Trump and his administration and vowed to advocate for family’s economic security and solutions on gun violence and climate change.
Her decision to drop out comes ahead of the third Democratic debate on Sept. 12, as Gillibrand was failing to meet the DNC’s donor and polling requirements.
Besides her insufficient funding, Gillibrand also lacked public support, polling at less than 2 percent nationally.
Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City’s mayor announced Friday that, having failed to leap from the lower tier of presidential candidates, he would be dropping out of the race.
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary campaign, and it’s clearly not my time,” he said in an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, according to The New York Times. “I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people.”
De Blasio, 58, had focused on worker’s issues and a vow to tax the wealthy, according to the Times, but even New Yorkers were unenthused about his bid.
President Trump, who shares New York roots with de Blasio, could not resist a dig at the mayor.