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Are These 2018 Dems Actually Building 2020 War Chests?

Democrats are finding it easier to raise money with President Trump in the White House, but how many have presidential aspirations of their own?

Cory Booker

Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti broke down the 2018 Democrats who are raising big money, particularly from outside of their respective states. Here’s a breakdown of that list:

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ):

Booker has been especially active — his travel itinerary reads like an atlas of at-risk Democratic incumbents. He’s raised money for grateful colleagues in Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Montana, and Michigan, among others, according to Democrats familiar with the itinerary.

On his rainmaking tour, the New Jersey senator has also held events designed to fill his own coffers, including at the home of Hollywood agent Michael Kives, a prominent party fundraiser for candidates like [Hillary] Clinton.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

Warren, a fundraising juggernaut, has had several California fundraising stops including one in San Francisco where the Massachusetts senator joined Esprit founder Susie Tompkins Buell, a high-level party donor and close Clinton friend. Another gave Warren face-time with Oakland Athletics part-owner Guy Saperstein, who in 2016 offered Warren $1 million to run for president.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT):

Others still — including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut — have spent the opening months of Trump’s presidency building intimidating campaign war chests that could both scare off potential opponents and turn into groundwork for potential presidential funds in two years: Murphy is sitting on over $5 million, with no prominent challenger, for example.

The Politico list also includes potential 2020 Democrats who aren’t running for reelection in 2020, like Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Keep an eye on these Democrats. What they do in the next year and a half will speak volumes about their plans for 2020.