When is the next US Presidential election, is Donald Trump standing again and who is running against him?

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BACK in 2016 Donald Trump shocked the world when he was voted in to be the 45th President of the United States.

But the clock is ticking until the next US election – here’s when America will head to the polls again, and whether the President is standing for re-election.

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US Election was one of the great political shocks of our time
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When is the next US Election?

The next US presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

In America, election votes take place every four years, and this will be the 59th election since the first in 1788.

As always, it will be a drawn-out affair, with the primaries and caucuses set to stretch over the first half of the year.

The winner of the election will then be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Democratic presidential hopefuls US Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders (L) and US Senator for California Kamala Harris (R) arrive on stage for the second Democratic primary debate
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Will Donald Trump run for President again in 2020?

Donald Trump kicked off his campaign to retain the White House at a packed MAGA rally in Florida.

He wowed some 25,000 supporters with his new election slogan: “Keep America Great!”

He raised a record £18 million within just ONE DAY of launching his 2020 re-election campaign.

Those inside the campaign reveal the cash was rolling in at an average rate of one million dollars an hour.

In a tweet, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel wrote the president “raised a record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his reelection.”

She added: “The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen! #trump2020 #KeepAmericaGreat.”

News of the bumper fundraising drive is being seen as a poke in the eye for the political pollsters and pundits who say Trump is lagging behind his potential challengers.

They point to supposed staffing chaos in his administration and internal splits over his immigration, trade and foreign affairs policies as hints he is losing popularity.

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the second night of the first Democratic presidential candidates debate in Miami, Florida
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Who is running against Donald Trump?

Up for the position to run for the Democrats are: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bill de Blasio.

A new poll shows that Joe Biden lost support but extended his lead after the Democratic debates, ahead of Bernie Sanders, who plummeted since a pre-debate survey in June.

Despite losing four points of his support from 34 per cent to 30, Biden extended his lead in the Democratic primary from seven points in June to 15.

Meanwhile Sanders dropped 12 points to 15 per cent from his June number of 27 per cent, according to the Emerson Polling survey released Wednesday.

But another 19 percent said Biden performed the worst.

Biden’s lead held up in all age groups, a departure from earlier Emerson polls that showed Sanders consistently leading among the youngest group of voters.

Among 18- to 29-year-olds, 26 percent backed Biden, 24 supported Sanders and 10 went for Warren.

Among 30- to 49-year-olds, Biden led with 23 percent followed by Sanders with 19 and Harris and Warren with 16 each.

With voters aged between 50 and 64, Biden led with 36 percent followed by Harris with 22, Warren with 15 and Sanders with 8.

For those over the age of 65, Biden received 38 percent, followed by Warren with 19, Harris with 14, and Sanders with 8.

Who he is up against – the Democrat Party's top candidates for the 2020 presidential election

Joe Biden. The 76-year-old is making his third tilt at the president. He was Barack Obama’s vice president. Trump claims he is absolutely no threat.

Bernie Sanders. The 77-year-old “independent” ran against Hillary Clinton last time out and says he wants to expand health care and make higher education free.

Elizabeth Warren. Financial expert Warren, 69, was a former assistant to President Obama and a special adviser to the US Treasury secretary.

Kamala Harris. Harris, 54, is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants and has a progressive stance of health care for all and marijuana legislation.

Bill de Blasio. The 58-year-old is the current Mayor of New York raising the minimum wage and a low murder rate during his second tenure.

 

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How do US elections work?

The US Presidential election system works in a very different way to our own.

Each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, where Washington is located, has a number of votes in the Electoral College to award to a candidate.

The number of votes is based on the number of members of congress the state has which is in proportion to the population of the state.

All states bar Maine and Nebraska give their votes on a winner takes all basis according to which candidate received the most number of votes in that state.

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