Game Features

Win the hearts and minds of America’s voters and take the 2020 presidential election by storm in Stardock’s popular political strategy game. Choose a candidate and run against a computer opponent or a candidate controlled by another person over the Internet.

Latest Update Details [Show]

  • v1.4 Included: New randomization options, achievements, issues, and additional improvements.
  • v1.3 Included: Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin have entered the race, plus new Candidate Workshop, campaign events, and dynamic map features.
  • v1.2 Included: Barack Obama and John McCain are entering the race, along with new issue tweaks, ideologies, and fixes.
  • v1.1 Included: New candidates and Steam Workshop support have been added in this major update for the Political Machine 2020.
  • Spread your Ideology – Participate in Town Hall events to earn ideology points and solidify your position on hot issues with your voters.
  • Manage your Campaign Budget – Purchase advertisements, travel across the country to campaign, and hire operatives to enhance your PR or cripple your opponent. Be wary - if you overspend and need extra cash, it might come from somewhere that will shake voters’ confidence in you!
  • Create a Candidate – Customize your own front runner and race for the White House.
  • Be Ready for Anything – Torrid affairs, natural disasters, email scandals, and other “breaking news” events can pop up and change the direction of the campaign for better or worse.
  • Participate in Interviews - Accept invitations to various talk shows across the country in order to share your opinion on issues important to the American people.
  • Generate Enthusiasm – Use your power and money to purchase ads to discredit your opponent and influence voters. The greater enthusiasm your base has for an issue, the more effective your ad campaigns will be.
  • Choose your Candidate – Play as one of several candidates, each with their own custom stats like stamina, intelligence, charisma, media bias, and more.
  • Practice your Politics – A sophisticated underlying simulation model uses census data and real issues to test your political savvy.
  • Check your Standings – With poll tracking and leaderboards, you can see how well people are playing as their candidates or what issues they are supporting over time.


Create your own custom candidate and put up a fight for the White House!

Biden and Trump aren't "feeling the Bern" here - and neither is Kentucky.

Customize your ideology and choose the platforms that appeal most to your voters.

Stay "sharp" on interviews - they could raise voters' enthusiasm or put you in danger.

Give speeches on important issues, paying attention to what's important to that state.



Battle for your spot in the White House against the founding fathers of America! Play as political heavyweights like George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and more. Do you have what it takes to go down in history?


  • New Candidates - None of the founding fathers could predict where the world would be some 200 years later, but some of their ideals are still applicable anyway! All of the new candidates’ ideologies have been adjusted to tackle current real-world issues. The founding fathers included in the DLC are:
    • George Washington
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • James Madison
    • John Adams
  • New Ideology Tree - Democratic Republican - States’ rights and a way to keep the national government in check were the cornerstones of the Democratic Republican party’s ideals. Founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison will take on real-world 2020 issues like lower taxes, Wall Street regulation, liberty, and much more!
  • New Ideology Tree - Federalist - A strong government and a powerful executive branch were the basis of every Federalists’ belief system. Founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John Adams bring their beliefs into 2020 by fighting for things like free market capitalism, taxing the rich, subsidizing domestic industry, and much more!
  • New Customization Parts - Race for the White House in style! New customization parts from hairstyles to clothing choices give you more options when creating your own candidates.
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Minimum System Requirements


Windows 8 / 10
64-bit Processor


2 GHz Dual Core Processor




Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
Radeon HD 3600 or Better


Version 11


Broadband Internet

Hard Drive

500 MB Available Space

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