As the United States election 2020 draws near, the clash between President Donald Trump and Presidential candidate Joe Biden from the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively, grows fiercer.
However, amid all the politics, media coverage, and extravagant campaign, most forget that these two are not the only candidates running for the Presidency in the US election.
According to the Federal Election Commission, 1,218 candidates from various parties are also running for the Presidency in the US election 2020.
However, in the Electoral College, four candidates have qualified to appear on appropriate state ballots to gain a majority of electoral votes.
These candidates are: Donald Trump from the Republican Party, Joe Biden from the Democratic Party, Jo Jorgensen from the Libertarian Party, and Howie Hawkins from the Green Party.
As of October 12, 2020, 1,218 candidates filed to run for Presidency but focusing on the noted four parties, there are 324 Democratic candidates, 164 Republican candidates, 65 Libertarian candidates, and 23 Green candidates.
Whereas Trump is up for re-election, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee after Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign.
Many candidates like Bernie Sanders withdrew their campaigns from the US presidency run; for example, Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City from the Democratic Party, also withdrew his campaign.
Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts, and Joe Walsh, former US representative from Illinois from the Republican Party, also withdrew their campaigns.
The United States has rarely seen any other candidate succeed in the US presidential run beside someone from the Republican and Democratic parties. George Washington is the only president elected as an independent to date.