THE DEMOCRATS MAKE READY
Perhaps it makes sense, given that there could be up to 40 Democratic hopefuls vying to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2020. The face-off among them could be sooner than we think.
“The Democratic National Committee is preparing to release the first part of its 2020 presidential primary debate plan before year’s end, eyeing at least a half a dozen in 2019 and ultimately moving to de-emphasize polling as a driving factor for early candidate qualification,” writes David Cantanese, senior politics writer for U.S. News & World Report. The debates could begin as early as late spring. “Prepare for a long, chaotic presidential primary fight,” predicts National Journal columnist Josh Kraushaar. “The huge roster of credible candidates, the presence of Democratic nomination rules allocating delegates proportionally, and a drawn-out calendar with ample early voting all suggest that the 2020 process will be a never-ending mess.”