The 2020 presidential campaign is already shaping up to be as long, if not longer than the 2016 election season. Many high-profile Democratic politicians are already posturing and campaigning for a Presidential bid, including Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden. Other, less mainstream possible candidates include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. While some journalists such as Joe Scarborough have raised doubts that President Donald Trump will run in 2020, the frequency of his rallies and campaigns suggest otherwise. While there was speculation that former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley would challenge Trump in the Republican primaries, she announced she would be supporting him when her resignation was announced.
As early as the Kavanaugh hearings in September, Senators Booker and Harris were making sure to keep a high profile. In recent weeks, most of the hopeful Democrats have been traveling to fundraisers and Congressional rallies in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, seeking to make an impression on voters as well as gauge their influence when supporting other candidates.
When asked whom he wanted to run in 2020, Drew sophomore Matthew Gronert (C’21) stated “I think Pete Buttigieg would be a good choice. He’s young, smart, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He’s the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a blue dot in a red state, and he’s talking about the really important things like paving the roads. I think he’s new and refreshing from the Establishment Democrats and the other ‘up and comers’ in the party.”
In contrast to Matt’s support for this lesser-known candidate, Shehab Marzouk (C’20) voiced support for the mainstream Democrats—“I think we need someone who can excite the Democratic party in 2020, no matter what happens in this election cycle, they both have charisma and both have a base that they can appeal to! I think that [Cory] Booker’s campaign would be interesting because he just promised he wouldn’t take PAC money any longer and I think it would be cool to see another Bernie-esque campaign fundraising strategy.”
According to a recent CNN poll, former VP Joe Biden is currently in the lead among Democrats at 33 percent, followed by Sen. Sanders at 13 percent, Sen. Harris at 9 percent, Sen. Warren at 8 percent, and Sen. Booker at 5 percent. This same poll concluded that Trump would likely win against Biden currently, as he has 78 percent of Republican support. Trump has also seen gains among the general voter population, who still believe he will lose but only by a 47-46 percent, one point margin. It is likely that the large field of Democrats will persist for some time, with possible Republican challengers to Trump in the primaries remaining unknown.