As the first primaries of the 2020 election season grow near, Democrats are increasingly worried about their chances of beating incumbent President Donald Trump.
Party leaders are concerned that Biden, once considered to be an easy winner, is mired in corruption and hasn’t performed well in debates or when it comes to fundraising, compared to where many think he ought to be at the moment.
Meanwhile, smart party insiders — not to be confused with party activists — are aware of the fact that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, also near the front of the pack with Biden, are likely too liberal to win a national election. That is doubly true against Trump, who is strong with a lot of the voters Democrats need to win.
Other top Democrats decided not to run, including Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Many think either of those women would have been a force to be reckoned with in the Democrat primary.
Democrats now find themselves in the unenviable position of deciding which candidate is least destructive to their party’s chances in 2020, including down-ballot races such as U.S. Senate races.
One suggestion is that Hillary Clinton, recognizing the state the party is in, might jump in the race and try to make a third run for the presidency. But Democrats might just be tired of her, especially after she lost the 2016 election to a man they hate so strongly. Some Democrats blame Hillary’s poor campaign for the loss.
Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: Democrats are far from a sure thing in 2020. Donald Trump has a strong economy, and almost all Republicans support him, which is something that most presidents have a tough time achieving. Smart money is usually on the incumbent.
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