EVOLV­ING DEMOCRATS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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