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7 Democrats Who Could Benefit From CA’s Early 2020 Voting

California will have a big impact early in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Reuters reports. Here are seven candidates who could benefit.

By NTK Staff | 12.14.2018 @10:00am
7 Democrats Who Could Benefit From CA’s Early 2020 Voting

The large, liberal state of California will play an earlier and more impactful role in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary than any primary before it, Reuters reported on Friday.

The outlet’s James Oliphant wrote that a “reshuffling” of the calendar will make it so that California Democrats are voting “at the same time as those in traditional early primary states such as New Hampshire.”

The nation’s most populous liberal state has moved its presidential nominating contest to early in the 2020 calendar, a shift its leaders hope will give it maximum impact on the selection of a Democratic nominee and push candidates to address progressive issues such as climate change.

The reshuffling means California voters, who can cast ballots weeks before primary election day, will be helping to determine a nominee at the same time as those in traditional early primary states such as New Hampshire.

Here are seven potential presidential candidates who could benefit from California’s move up in the calendar:

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA): Harris is an obvious beneficiary of the move, given she represents the state in the U.S. Senate and is fairly popular there.
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti (D-Los Angeles): Garcetti is another obvious beneficiary, and would seek to mobilize activists and party insiders in the nation’s second-most populous city to his benefit.
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer: The billionaire environmental activist (turned lead impeachment advocate) is from California, and has invested significant resources into local fights there.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): Oliphant noted in the Reuters piece that candidates will need significant sums of money to compete in California. Warren is a prolific fundraiser, and leads potential 2020 candidates in cash on hand as of November 2018 (with $12.5 million). It doesn’t hurt that Warren hails from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and will be competing for very progressive voters in California.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): Gillibrand is second in cash on hand of the potential 2020 candidates ($10.5 million), and her proximity to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire also doesn’t hurt as she tries to build momentum.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): For the same reasons Warren is competitive, so is Sanders. He has $8.8 million cash on hand as of November 2018, and his progressive stances on issues will resonate with many of California’s liberal voters. He also earned 46 percent of the vote in the 2016 presidential primary in California when he ran against Hillary Clinton.
  • Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX): O’Rourke doesn’t have a lot of cash on hand after an expensive U.S. Senate race in Texas. But he’s on this list because he is the most prolific fundraiser in the Democratic Party in 2018. If he can put up fundraising numbers like he did for his race against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), he’ll have money to spend on a campaign in California.

Of course, Iowa and New Hampshire will stay play critical roles in the Democratic presidential primary process. Further, the one consistent rule of presidential primaries is unpredictability: no one can know right now who will come out on top in spring or summer 2020.

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