2020 Democratic Primaries: Which Candidate Will Prevail?

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2020 Democratic Primaries: Which Candidate Will Prevail?

Henry Sendra, Staff Writer

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Since the 2016 presidential election, in which Republican Donald Trump won against Hillary Clinton, Democratic enthusiasm has increased greatly throughout the nation. This was made clear during the 2018 midterms, when the Democrats won majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate. In 2020, Democrats wish to gain back the White House, with many contenders each trying for a shot against Trump.

With fourteen announced candidates, and some still considering a run, there are many ideas about the path the Democratic Party will take in the future. Donald Trump’s election has drawn out new priorities from both voters and candidates, which includes a progressive push from the Party’s past to its future. Candidates range throughout the Democratic spectrum from moderate to Socialist, giving voters the chance to solidify the mainstream position of the party. With so many different ideas and viewpoints represented, these primaries will redefine what to expect from Democratic voters.

So far, the top three candidates (according to Rolling Stone) are Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke. Sanders has centered his campaign around Democratic Socialism since 2016, and has introduced the position into the mainstream of the party. He’s an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and expects to regain the White House. Senator Kamala Harris, while not as far left as Sanders, supports such plans as the Green New Deal. Harris has faced criticism from progressives from her years as an attorney general and has been quoted as on the “wrong side of history”, but has said that she takes full responsibility. In third, Beto O’Rourke’s campaign focuses on progressive immigration reform. The Texan candidate fought a senate battle with Ted Cruz, a Republican, and got the closest to the seat a Democratic candidate has in a long time.

Overall, the 2020 Democratic primaries will influence and shape the Party and future politics.

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