No one person is the obvious Democrat challenger, but this name came out ahead of the others.
Recently, the chances of Al Franken becoming the Democrat challenger in the next Presidential election dropped drastically. So, who’s left? Despite Clinton’s efforts to stay important, it is definitely not her. But other than that, it is hard to predict. While no one person is agreed upon by top Democrats, there is one came that was mentioned more than the rest.
The Hill reports, “How Dem insiders rank the 2020 contenders.”
Democrats predict that as many as 30 candidates will compete in their party’s presidential primary in 2020.
There’s also no clear standout in the potential field.
“You have a bunch of Celine Dions but there’s no Beatles,” said Phil Singer, a Democratic strategist who served as press secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run.
The fortunes of potential candidates can change quickly. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), for example, was regarded just a few weeks ago as a potential dark horse candidate in 2020, but that changed instantly when sexual misconduct charges surfaced against him.
The Hill interviewed nearly a dozen prominent Democrats to find out who has captured the party’s attention in recent months and who has fallen out of favor.
The top choice for Democratic challenger was Bernie Sanders, ahead of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, or anyone else.
Advisers to the senator are telegraphing that Sanders is eying a 2020 run — and his network is already ready to go, with supporters convinced that he was the candidate who would have beaten President Trump in 2016.
“His people have never gone away,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “And he has a loyal core following out there that will be with him come hell or high water.”
Also working in Sanders’s favor, Bannon said, is the leftward shift of the Democratic Party.
“The Sanders wing is becoming the dominant wing of the party,” he said.
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