The 2020 election cycle might have already started. The Federal Election Commission shows that 129 people have filed to run for president in the next election. Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR hide caption toggle caption Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR Analysis Say It Ain't So: 129 People Have Already Filed To Run For President In 2020 May 6, 2017 Already 129 people have filed to run for president in 2020. Among them: Donald Trump. Prominent people are considering it, but these elections receive outsize attention compared to office's power.