2020 presidential candidates

When Kamala Harris lost on election night, but won three weeks later
Her nail-biting 2010 victory for California attorney general raised her national profile

Kamala Harris, here campaigning in Los Angeles in September 2010, came under fire in her race for state attorney for her record as San Francisco district attorney. (Jason Redmond/AP file photo)

This is the fourth installment in “Battle Tested,” a series analyzing early campaigns of some Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination. Earlier pieces focused on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Cory Booker and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

In November 2008, Kamala Harris was sprinting through Burbank airport with her campaign adviser, Ace Smith.

Politics aside, everyone hates burpees

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts discuss men's health with Clyde McGrady. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call)

It's 7 a.m. on a Wednesday and the sun isn't even warm yet. Do you know where your congressman is? He might be working out outside Longworth while Rep. Markwayne Mullin makes fun of him.

Michael Bennet is running for president, here are some congressional basics
Eye on 2020

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., arrives for a vote in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's announcement that he's running for president makes him the 21st Democrat and the 11th sitting member of Congress to vie for the nomination. Bennet, who was recently given a clean bill of health after surgery for prostate cancer, is making health care a central issue of his campaign. He cites his opposition to GOP efforts to roll back the 2010 health care law as a motivation for running.

2020 Democrats showcase campaign styles in Barr hearing
Three presidential contenders questioned attorney general about Mueller findings

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., looks over papers before the start of the Senate Judiciary hearing with Attorney General William Barr. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Three presidential contenders were in the national spotlight Wednesday thanks to their day jobs as senators. And the questions they directed at Attorney General William Barr highlighted how each is also approaching the race to take on President Donald Trump. 

Barr sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a daylong hearing. He faced questions over his conclusions about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign, and whether the president obstructed that probe.

How the 2020 Democrats reacted to Trump’s State of the Union address
Gabbard spent most of it on her phone, Sanders was editing his response

President Donald Trump and others in the House chamber applaud during his State of the Union address Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was one of the few Democrats to sit next to a Republican during the State of the Union address Tuesday night, but she spent much of it on her phone. Sen. Bernie Sanders, pen in hand, reviewed and edited the prepared text of his response during the first part of the speech. Rep. Tim Ryan stood in the back looking bored most of the time.

The rest of the Democratic lawmakers running or considering bids for president in 2020 paid more attention to President Donald Trump as he spoke but often sat stone-faced in reaction to his assertions and promises.