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Potential Staff Departures, Poor Polling Spell Trouble for Elizabeth Warren

Once thought of as the Democrats’ 2020 front runner, the Massachusetts senator is suffering through a serious rough patch.

By NTK Staff | 12.10.2018 @1:30pm
Potential Staff Departures, Poor Polling Spell Trouble for Elizabeth Warren

A senior aide, credited for being the “primary architect” of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) political career, may be leaving the Massachusetts Democrat’s team in the latest sign of trouble for her White House ambitions.

Warren, once thought of as a front runner for Democrats, is entering some of the choppiest waters of her political career to date. After releasing DNA test results weeks before the 2018 midterms, she’s been on the receiving end of scorn from both Native American groups, who saw the move as some form of cultural appropriation, and national Democrats, who believe the timing of the release was self-serving and unhelpful.

Now, one of her closest advisers, Mindy Myers, could be jumping ship to join Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) 2020 campaign:

Mindy Myers, who was one of the primary architects of Warren’s political rise and has remained one of her close advisers, had been expected to play a senior role in the senator’s campaign. But she has been in talks with several rival campaigns and is planning to meet soon with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.), who is considering a presidential run.

Myers ran Warren’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign and then served as her senate chief of staff, giving her a deep understanding of Warren’s strengths and weaknesses.

The news comes on the heels of a scathing Boston Globe editorial in which Warren’s hometown editorial board not only declared that she missed her chance to run for president in 2016, but went further, urging Warren to sit out the 2020 White House race.

Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020. While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there’s a ceiling on her popularity; Republican governor Charlie Baker garnered more votes than her in a state that is supposed to be a Democratic haven.

Massachusetts voters are no more enthused about a Warren run than the Globe. According to a recent poll of Massachusetts voters, 19 percent support former Vice President Joe Biden, 14 percent support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and just 11 percent back Warren. Nipping at Warren’s heels in that poll was O’Rourke, at 10 percent.

To be clear, the Democratic field in 2020 will be massive. Warren will need any advantage she can get to move ahead of the competition, but a string of bad news like this will only make that challenge more difficult in the months ahead.

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