The Democratic Party may soon experience a genuine identity crisis. A substantial new survey now reveals this news: “Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democrat, is considered one of the top Democratic contenders for the White House in 2020 even among more well-known potential hopefuls.”
Uh-oh. That startling news about the newly elected, skateboard riding, former punk rocker comes from a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, exclusive to The Hill. Here’s what they found. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the group of White House hopefuls with 28 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place at 21 percent. Mr. O’Rourke is in third place with 7 percent.
“Beto is the kind of fresh face who could shake up the Democratic race. He starts off by blowing past some well-known names. Biden loses support upon his entry,” says poll director Mark Penn. So do some other eager Democrats. “Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Kamala Harris of California as well as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who are all openly considering 2020 campaigns — all polled in the low single-digits,” Lisa Hagen, a Hill reporter, writes in her analysis.