Who will face off against President Donald Trump in 2020?
You’ll see a headline every couple of months claiming that Hillary Clinton may give it another shot, but there’s no reason believe these claims (especially when the polls still show voters preferring Trump over her). Perhaps Bernie Sanders would be more likely to give it another shot.
Those who are putting their money where their mouths are and gambling on the 2020 election results are putting their money on Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Of that bunch, Warren and Zuckerberg seem to be the most likely contenders in theory. Warren has been branding herself as a leader in the “resistance,” and can’t seem to go a week without an anti-Trump Twitter tantrum. Zuckerberg on the other hand is in the process of visiting all fifty States this year to get the perspective of life for the “average American.” He’s also made it public that he’s no longer an atheist, which is interesting given that atheists receive the most bias as potential presidential candidates (while 43 percent of Americans wouldn’t vote for an atheist, “only” 40 percent wouldn’t vote for a Muslim candidate. For some contrast, only 4 percent wouldn’t vote for a black candidate, and only five percent wouldn’t vote for a female candidate).
Of the list mentioned, only one has made it nearly official thus far, making her the first to confirm she’d be running in 2020: California senator Kamala Harris.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is “absolutely” running for president, according to one fundraiser, after Harris raised money among former Hillary Clinton supporters at a fundraiser in the posh Hamptons in New York last weekend.
The Hill reported that: The Bridgehampton event, where Harris mingled with top donors and supporters of Hillary Clinton, was the ultimate signal that Harris is “thinking much bigger” than the Senate, one top bundler said. “She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” another fundraiser said. “She’s absolutely going to run.” Donors say Harris is giving them a glimmer of hope when they need it the most.
They see the former prosecutor-turned-California attorney general as embodying the qualities a Democratic presidential candidate would need to win the White House in 2020.
They also see the 52-year-old African-American woman as a fresh face.
The Hill also describes Harris’s recent viral videos, in which she is rebuked by the chair in Senate committee hearings for interrupting and badgering witnesses, including Cabinet members. Reporter Amie Parnes adopts Democrats’ spin on those exchanges, writing that Harris “was twice shushed by Republican senators.”
Among a handful of other potential Democrat candidates, including Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, and Corey Booker, Harris polls the worst. In fact, she’s the only candidate on the list that polls within the margin of error of Trump, while the other candidates beat him handily (though take that with a grain of salt – because we all know EVERY poll said the same for Hillary).
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