Declared U.S. Presidential Field and their Vaping Positions
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 1, 2020.
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The United States Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.
The Democratic National Convention will be held July 13-16, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place August 24-27, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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- Guide updated to reflect delays and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States and its outlying territories.
- 19 March 2020 – List updated. After the past few primary races, Joe Biden now has an insurmountable lead in the Democratic race. Tulsi Gabbard has dropped out of the race making it a contest between Biden and Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump has also taken control of the Republican nomination for president after Bill Weld dropped out of the race, leaving Donald Trump to dominate over Roque De La Fuente.
- 12 March 2020 – Updated to reflect the latest results. Please refer to the VAPING WEEKLY podcast for insight regarding Joe Biden’s standing.
- 10 March 2020 – RESULTS FOR MARCH 10: DEMOCRATS: Biden leading. Poised to receive the Democratic nomination. REPUBLICANS: Trump is poised to receive the Republican nomination. All results listed below.
- 5 March 2020 – Reports suggest that Elizabeth Warren will suspend her bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.
- 4 & 5 March 2020 – Super Tuesday results show Joe Biden surging to the lead among Democrats. The contest is now between Biden and Bernie Sanders. Michael Bloomberg has suspended his campaign, with Elizabeth Warren is expected to follow suit. Tulsi Gabbard remains. Donald Trump has easily won the vast majority of GOP fights, Bill Weld and Roque De La Fuente. Trump is now poised to overtake the GOP nomination.
- 2 March 2020 – Amy Klobuchar is the latest Democrat to end their presidential bid for the party’s nomination.
- 1 March 2020 – Pete Buttigieg, one of the most prominent LGBTQ politicians in the United States, has suspended his bid for the Democratic nomination. After winning Iowa and securing a sizable amount of delegates, Buttigieg has decided to stop his run before Super Tuesday.
- 29 February 2020 – Note, Joe Biden’s win on Feb. 29 has potentially revived his campaign against formidable opponents Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.
- 29 February 2020 – Tom Steyer has suspended his bid for the Democratic nomination, following terrible results in each primary competition. Expect other candidates to drop out after the results of the upcoming Super Tuesday.
- 29 February 2020 – OFFICIAL SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS: DEMOCRATS: Joe Biden has won South Carolina is an unprecedented win. Following was Berne Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. REPUBLICANS: There was no Republican primary automatically giving the state to Donald Trump.
- 24 February 2020 – Election guide is updated with the most recent information available.
- 22 February 2020 – OFFICIAL NEVADA RESULTS: DEMOCRATS: Sen. Bernie Sanders won a plurality of the vote in Nevada, giving him the most promised delegates. Biden followed with over 20 percent behind in the total Democratic turnout with only 18.9 percent, compared to Sanders’ 40.5 percent. Buttigieg took 17.3 percent. REPUBLICANS: There was no official Republican primary in Nevada, but people still turned out to voice their support for a conservative president. Trump would’ve likely won Nevada over a challenger like Bill Weld.
- 12 February 2020 – Despite expectations from our analysis last night, Democrat Deval Patrick suspended his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.
- 11 February 2020 – UNOFFICIAL NEW HAMPSHIRE RESULTS: DEMOCRATS: Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win in the New Hampshire primary. Pete Buttigieg, the winner of Iowa, trails. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden follow within in throwing distance. Tulsi Gabbard and Deval Patrick have low numbers. Patrick is expected to continue his bid past New Hampshire. REPUBLICANS: Donald Trump wins over Bill Weld. Roque De La Fuente, another supposed nationwide challenger against Trump, only one 73 total votes. He is likely to withdraw in the coming days. Weld is expected to compete on through to Super Tuesday.
- 11 February 2020 – PENDING UNOFFICIAL NEW HAMPSHIRE RESULTS
- 11 February 2020 – Technology executive Andrew Yang and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet have both suspended their bids for the Democratic presidential primary. This announcement comes as New Hampshire voters participate in the state’s primary.
- 9 February 2020- According to aggregated polling data, Joe Biden is still the national pick for the Democratic nomination. Trump is still the pick for the Republican nomination.
- 9 February 2020 – Extensive updates published to the Vaping Post voting guide, including Iowa results and the latest election dropouts.
- 7 February 2020 – Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) ended his presidential campaign after a terrible Iowa result. The Republican race leaves incumbent Donald Trump, and challengers Bill Weld, and Roque De La Fuente.
- 3 February 2020 – UNOFFICIAL IOWA RESULTS: DEMOCRATS: Pete Buttigieg won the Iowa Caucus. This means that he was granted the most delegates to begin the race for most delegates to earn the national Presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders followed suit. REPUBLICANS: Donald Trump won the Iowa Caucus for the Republican Party. Bill Weld and Joe Walsh only received a dismal fraction of the votes.
- 31 January 2020 – Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) ended his presidential campaign before the Iowa Caucuses.
- 13 January 2020 – Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson have dropped out of the race for the Democratic Presidential Primary.
- First 2020 update; 8 January 2020 – The election year is finally here. We would like to take the time to announce that we will be expanding our election guide to cover key regulatory and legislative developments. There will be more information regarding this update to the project in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the guide has been updated to reflect Julian Castro’s withdrawal from the 2020 race.
- 5 December 2019 – Joe Biden still leads the Democratic field. Trump also leads the Republican field. The guide has been updated to reflect the necessary changes to catch up after a brief hiatus. Michael Bloomberg has been added, as several other members of the Democratic field have dropped out in recent weeks. This includes Kamala Harris, Steve Bullock, and Joe Sestak.
- 19 November 2019 – Wayne Messam suspended his election bid.
- 15 November 2019 – An analysis conducted by RealClearPolitics.com found that a majority of Americans still support impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, regardless if he is found innocent or guilty of corruption charges. Polls do reveal, though, that Trump enjoys the support of most Republicans. Challengers against him will pose problems because of the possibility of Trump losing key segments of the Republican electorate during the primary phase. Other data shows that challengers to Trump are really just long-shot campaigns created to make a statement against the controversial president and de facto party leader. Most Americans, though, don’t mesh with Trump’s policies. Vaping and tobacco harm reduction aside, many Republicans have criticized the administration for overly aggressive immigration policies. Even social conservative groups have condemned family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border, for example. But, the vaping industry should take note of specific issues that directly impact the health of the market. Trump did announce that he intends to speak with members of the industry to formalize a balanced regulatory policy on vaping; however, that is clear political pandering to a segment of the total electorate that could potentially cost him the election in 2020. Keep in mind; any policy that restricts or removes any amount of products negatively impacts the vaping industry. Despite the recent FDA controversies and the administration’s mixed response to the EVALI lung injury outbreak, Trump still forced rounds of new tariffs on e-cigarette components and other imports in the context of his trade war with China. His own budget proposals have also called for millions in new user fees for the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. And, most notably, Trump is responsible for appointing health leaders who falsely characterize e-cigarettes as a gateway to heroin use (e.g. Surgeon General Jerome Adams), among other falsehoods.
- 15 November 2019 – Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, enters the Democratic field with a new challenge to the still flooded fight for the party’s nomination to take on the Republicans. He is considered “establishment” and has overseen tobacco control strategies that advocated for the ban of smoking cigarettes in public areas. Joe Biden still leads the field currently, followed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
- 15 November 2019 – Republican Mark Sanford has suspended a short-lived primary challenge against incumbent Donald Trump. Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, and Roque De La Fuente remain in the contested field against the controversial Trump. Additionally, Trump’s administration continues to have scandal after scandal. From impeachment to other accusations of corruption and unethical conduct, it still remains unclear on how Trump will respond to calls to ban e-cigarettes nationwide.
- 11 November 2019 – In recent days, reports indicate billionaire and anti-tobacco mega-donor Michael Bloomberg is supposedly considering a run for the Democratic ticket. He has not announced officially; however, we will update the list here.
- 6 November 2019 – One poll suggests that a majority of voters believe that Trump will be reelected in 2020. This is one poll, however, meaning that most others in recent weeks predict a loss. Impeachment proceedings against Trump are also underway as Democrats continue to probe allegations of corruption and tit for tat foreign policy with Ukraine. Many Republicans say they support Trump in the impeachment fight, despite a majority of Americans supporting the impeachment of Trump due to allegations of corruption. At the time of this update, Trump is also expected to release his administration’s official rules banning non-tobacco flavored e-liquids nationwide. We will break this story as the official order is released by the FDA.
- 6 November 2019 – The Republican primary field grows as Roque De La Fuente, a perennial candidate and Lantix businessman from San Diego, is one of the few to qualify for multiple state ballots against Trump. La Fuente has business holdings in Mexico, the United States, the Dominican Republican, and Uruguay.
- 1 November 2019 – Beto O’Rourke, a Texas candidate for the Democratic nomination, announced the suspension of his campaign. The field continues to shrink as Republicans challenging Trump remain hellbent on unseating him. Sources at the White House expect the president to be impeached in the coming weeks. For those who are outside the U.S., the impeachment process requires a legitimate trial before the Senate where the body judges the president as if it were a traditional criminal proceeding. Trump is accused of corruption and breaking federal law in an effort to obtain dirt on political opponents like Democrat Joe Biden. Biden continues to lead the Democrats in public polling.
- 28 October 2019 – The list has been updated to reflect that Democrat Tim Ryan of Ohio has dropped out of the race. Current political data shows Biden leading the field and Trump leading the Republicans. It also should be noted that political strategists believe that Trump could opt-out of seeking reelection due to a series of controversies including the noteworthy impeachment inquiry that could put the president in criminal trouble. Republicans challenging Trump are likely to carry with them GOP voters who oppose the president. It should also be noted that there are public opinion surveys showing that pro-vaping Trump voters will likely vote against the president given his position and actions against the industry.
- 24 September 2019 – We have updated this guide to reflect the suspension of Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, and his bid to win the Democratic primary.
- 9 September 2019 – We have updated the guide to reflect that Mark Sanford, a former Republican governor from South Carolina, has entered into the Republican race against incumbent Trump.
- 4 September 2019 – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ended her bid for the Democratic Party nomination for the American presidency. She announced this on August 28.
- 26 August 2019 – We have updated the guide to reflect the latest campaign dropouts from the Democratic ticket. These include Washington governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton. We also added Joe Walsh, a former Republican member of Congress representing the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He is also a conservative political pundit and radio host.
- 19 August 2019 – According to the most recent RealClearPolitics average on public polling, Joe Biden still maintains a commanding lead over the Democratic field. Following behind Biden is Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
- 19 August 2019 – John Hickenlooper, the former Governor of Colorado, withdrew from U.S. Democratic Party presidential primary. He announced his withdrawal on August 15.
- 4 August 2019 – Mike Gravel, the latest dropout from the U.S. Democratic Party presidential primary, has been removed. All other records are current.
- 4 August 2019 – Mike Gravel, former U.S. Senator of the state of Alaska from 1969 to 1981, announced that he is withdrawing from the race due the fact that he was unable to generate the necessary support. He additionally cited his campaign’s blocking from the debate stage by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
- 30 July 2019 – As of today, the following candidates, their affiliations, and our assessments of their positions are still current with no changes.
- 19 July 2019 – We again updated our records to reflect that former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district announced his candidacy. Sestak entered the race with a June 23 announcement.
- 19 July 2019 – We updated our records to reflect that investor and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer has announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential field. Steyer officially announced on July 9.
- 19 July 2019 – Our records have been updated to reflect that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) suspended his bid for the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential nomination. Swalwell announced the suspension of his campaign on July 8.
- 19 July 2019 – 2020 Presidential Election Voting Guide Released.
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|Candidate||Vaping friendly||Current position||Reason|
|Joe Biden||No||Former Vice President of the United States||Biden has accused the vaping industry of criminal acts and intends to ban vaping if elected president.|
|Bernie Sanders||Most Likely Against||U.S. Senator for Vermont||Sanders has reportedly been in support of vaping and tobacco harm reduction but has also questioned the legalization of cigarettes and nicotine products more recently.|
|Candidate||Vaping friendly||Current position||Reason|
|Donald Trump||No||President of the United States, Incumbent||As president, Trump has appointed regulatory leaders who are anti-vaping and oppose tobacco harm reduction. Notably, former FDA Comissioner Scott Gottileb, a Trump appointee, declared youth vaping a public health epidemic. Trump is also responsible for appointing Surgeon General Jerome Adams who falsely compared vaping to heroin use. He is also expected to ban most vaping flavors nationwide.|
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