An Early Look at the Democratic Field for President in 2020

Do YOU want to run against me in 2020?

The 2018 election hasn’t even really started to reach a boiling point yet, but with President Trump making an historic ass of himself (and America), it’s never too early to look ahead to the next Presidential election.

Writing for CNN, Chris Cillizza and Harry Enten toss out their top 10 early favorites for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020. Here’s their list:

10. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown
9. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
8. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
7. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
6. Former Attorney General Eric Holder
5. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
4. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
3. California Sen. Kamala Harris
2. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
1. Former Vice President Joe Biden

With that list in mind, this seems like a good time to ask Colorado Pols readers about the 2020 Democratic field. Pols readers are generally pretty good about predicting Colorado outcomes, so let’s see if you can keep it going in a national election.

As always, we want to know what you think will happen — not what you want to happen or who you personally might support. If you had to make a choice today, which is what we’re asking you to do, who would you predict will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?

Who Will Be the Democratic Nominee for President in 2020?


27 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Mike W. says:

    Not sure Eric Holder is on anyone's radar, and I also feel like more than one House Democrat will make a run for it as well who may end up being more competitive than a few people on this list, despite the early name rec. 

  2. PKolbenschlag says:

    Dear Joe and Bernie,

    Please. Just No. 

    • Voyageur says:

      Life expectancy for a white American male is 76.  Bernie, if elected, would be 79.  Bide n 78.

      Let go, gentlemen.  You're too damn old.

      sayeth the 73 year old  Voyageur.

      • ohwilleke says:

        Not to rub it in too much, but in order to serve a full two terms, Bernie would need to remain healthy enough to serve through age 87 and Biden would have to remain healthy enough to serve through 86, and being President is a job that has aged everyone who has served in it (and taken it seriously) at an incredible rate.

  3. ajb says:

    I'd guess that it'll be a governor from a purple or red state. Not that I know who's available beyond Hick. 

  4. Davie says:

    I think the only way Joe Biden would get the nomination is if the convention was deadlocked and they needed a peacemaker.  At 78, I'm afraid to say, we'd have to be more concerned with who he'd pick for VP.

    Kirsten Gillibrand is a solid candidate, with proven electability and fundraising capabilities.  Her Blue Dog history could work for her in the general, but I'm not sure she would be able to lock up the votes in the primaries where her middle of the road tendencies may not play as well.

    So I went with Kamala Harris for now.  It's waaay too early to have much confidence in picking a winner.

  5. DaftPunk says:

    Gavin Newsome, Antonio Villaraigosa?

  6. davebarnes says:

    The Dimocrats need to run a candidate who is:

    Male, Anglo, under 56, gives good TV, veteran.

    I want to win. We can wait until 2028 to have a great candidate on issues and character.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      I agree with the notions of under 56 (I'd fudge and say under 60), gives good TV, and has five or more years of "public service," whether that is a military veteran, someone from the intelligence community, or some other sort of front-line "real world" job AWAY from Congress or other political environments. I would add a requirement of having, at some point, executive experience over a large-ish bureaucracy, because I think those skills will be needed for clean-up.

      I disagree with limiting to male and Anglo.

  7. itlduso says:

    I won't support anyone (at least in the primaries) who assassinated Al Franken.

  8. MADCO says:

    It's amusing any of us think we have anything to say about it.


    • Davie says:

      That's not the question or issue posed by Pols.  At this point we may not have any more influence on the outcome than someone putting down $2 on a horse at Pimlico. 

      But when the campaigning starts in earnest, we'll at the very least be part of the swarm that follows in support of the queen bee.

  9. ohwilleke says:

    Biden is a nice guy and generally has decent political views. But, Biden would be 78 years old when he took office in 2021 if he won, and has the charisma of a lamp post. Every time I see a public appearance by him he looks tired and that will only get worse two years from now. Even if he won, would his health be strong enough to serve for two terms?

    He also isn't acting like he's interested in running in 2020. He isn't making ear catching public statements or otherwise taking an active political role in a way that keeps him in the public eye.

    A Biden 2020 campaign is not going to happen, or if it does, is not going to go far.

    Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, is seeking the spotlight, is saying good things, as a women embraces a key aspiration and priority of Hillary Clinton supporters, and as an active proponent of bold consumer protections and unabashedly liberal political positions could appeal to progressives and Occupy Wall Street anti-corporate factions in the party who supported Bernie Sanders. She would be 71 in 2021 when she took office (she is a year younger than Hillary Clinton and shares my daughter's birthday!). She is a much more inspiring public speaker than either Hillary Clinton or Al Gore.

    Also Biden is hurt by the change to the Democratic nomination process scaling back super delegates while Warren is helped by that change.

  10. Negev says:

    Wow with that line up you may want to consider the potential nominee for 2024 instead. Kinda makes sense now that the best political option is to remove Trump from office before the election by any means necessary. 

    • ajb says:

      I think you overestimate support for T*.  I suspect that if you removed the issues of guns and abortion, you'd have enough Republicans left to fill a good-sized stadium, but not much more. By the time 2020 rolls around, the tariffs of T's trade ware will be biting hard in the farm belt and the rust belt. Inflation will have  wiped out any gains the working class made from the tax cut. Of course, the Russia probe will still be going on. By 2020, everybody will know somebody who couldn't get health insurance, which will be an issue Republicans own. 

      So by 2020, liberal policies will be looking pretty good and it may not matter too much who on that list is running.

      • Davie says:

        Nobody wanted to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.  Charlotte, NC accepted the burden very reluctantly.  The delegates will probably have to bring sleeping bags because the convention will likely be under total lockdown due to the expected protesters flooding the city.

        Yeah, we're really worried that Trump is going to get re-elected cheeky

  11. Arvadonian1 says:

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar needs to be on that list.  She's flirted with running over the last two (open) cycles and there is no reason to believe she won't make the dive this time.  She is well known (and liked) among Iowa Democrats and will make quite a bit of noise in that early state.  She also has a pretty compelling background and would have strong Midwestern appeal.

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