Democrats likely to take on Trump in 2020 presidential election

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The dust still hasn't settled on the 2016 election.

As Hillary Clinton supporters continue to wipe their tears, and Donald Trump supporters up their MAGA inventory, many are already counting down the days to the next presidential election. Democrats in particular have a huge task in front of them. Who will challenge Trump in 2020? Here are a few possible candidates that may run.

Bernie Sanders

Populism seemed to be a crucial factor in the 2016 election. Donald Trump mobilized and garnered a considerable portion of his support through an anti-establishment message -- a message that Democratic nomniee Hillary Clinton was unable to overcome. Trump was as an outsider, Clinton viewed as a career politician. And while Clinton defeated the left's 2016 populist leader Bernie Sanders during the primary, there is some evidence suggesting that the Vermont senator may have had a proper chance at defeating Trump in the general election--to a certain extent due to his outsider appeal.

Sanders, who would be 79-years-old in 2020, seems at the very least to considering a future White House run. "We'll take one thing at a time, but I'm not ruling out anything," Sanders said when asked if he would consider challenging Trump. Trump will be 74-years-old during his reelection run, perhaps taking the issue of Sander's age off the table.

Click through our full list of possible 2020 Democratic candidates here:

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Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders thrusts his fist in the air as he arrives to speak during the first session at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two people with knowledge of Warren's plans say the Massachusetts senator will formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president in the next week or two. They spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 8, 2016, because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the endorsement before Warren makes it. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., listens s Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, listens as fellow Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, describes the need for Booker's âRailroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act,â at Newark Penn Station, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Newark, N.J. Booker introduced the bipartisan bill last week with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., that would improve passenger rail safety, reauthorize Amtrak services, and improve existing rail infrastructure. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is seen at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night party at Javits Center on November 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
California Attorney General Kamala Harris arrives to address delegates during the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration", on Capitol Hill in Washington February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Elizabeth Warren

In the early days of the 2016 election, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was one of the top progressive names tossed around as a possible hopeful for the White House. Warren denied any interest in running time and time again, but many Democrats pushed for the former Harvard professor to run. The website ready4warren.com was even erected based on the prospects of a Warren candidacy. Warren's name was once again thrown around as a possible vice presidential pick once Clinton clinched the 2016 nomination.

Warren is also no stranger to going after Donald Trump. The Massachusetts Senator often takes a page out of the billionaire businessman's book--jumping on Twitter to fire off some sharp jabs, once calling out Trump for what she called "sexist tweets & disgusting lies."

And Warren may already be positioning herself as the Democratic champion in the face of Trump's America. Just days after Trump captured the presidency, the Mass. Senator issued a challenge to the future Republican president. "We will stand up to bigotry. No compromises ever on this one. We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, on African Americans, on women's, on Muslims, on immigrants, on disabled Americans, on anyone," said Warren.

Tim Kaine

In the days following the Democrat's devastating loss, news starting to swirl that vice presidential nomniee Tim Kaine might be in position to carry the party into the future. While Kaine's profile has no doubt risen after being named Clinton's VP nominee, others have been critical of the Virginia senator's ability to ignite excitement among the left.

Cory Booker

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is a rising star in the Democratic party. He's already saved someone from a burning building so maybe he can do the same for Democratic Party? Well, people are already lining up behind Booker. A Facebook group named "Cory Booker for President in 2020" already has over 4,000 likes. However Booker, who is also a Rhodes Scholar and former mayor of Newark, has yet to comment on any future plans.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Hillary Clinton's replacement in the senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, is also rumored for a presidential run. A profile back in 2013 characterized Gillibrand as a "beloved by gay rights activists," calling her "a viable presidential candidate," long before Hillary Clinton annouced plans to run in 2016.

Al Franken

Perhaps an outside pick, but then again so was Donald Trump, Al Franken left his career in comedy behind to become a U.S. senator in 2009. Franken stayed out of the spotlight for much of his time in Congress, but lately has shown signs of letting his comedic flag fly once again. There's already a "Draft Al Franken 2020" super-PAC registered. Could Franken be the left's answer to Trump?

Michelle Obama

It's not happening. While the first lady's name was trending for hours on Twitter after Trump won the presidency, there is no indication Michelle Obama has any interest in running for office. In fact, she has made this very, very clear.

Tom Hanks or Oprah?:

Well, at least one person thinks Democrats should try running a celebrity presidential candidate.

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