WASHINGTON – At a certain point it will be easier to list those who aren’t running for president in 2020. Since President Trump’s 2016 victory, Democrats have pushed Russian collusion but have little to show for it with the recent release of the Mueller report.
Without a topic like Russian collusion to pull the Democratic base together, there is little Democrats can do to overcome a steady economy and Trump’s incumbency, as incumbent presidents rarely lose bids for reelection.
The Hill noted that “Since 1916, only three [Presidents Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush] have lost; all three had negative annual real GDP growth within a year of seeking reelection.”
There are 15 candidates running or who have formed an exploratory committee in the Democratic presidential primary.
JOE BIDEN – 29.7 PERCENT
The former vice president is coming off of a rocky week with numerous accusations he was inappropriate with women. Biden’s “handsy” behavior lands him at 29.7 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.
It’s no secret Biden has the highest name recognition and is no rookie to pulling in big donors and PAC money. However, during the powerful #MeToo movement, Biden must prove himself worthy to base of feminists and a younger generation who is begging for fresh new faces like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to take over the political arena in D.C. He has not yet apologized for his behavior, only putting out a video via Twitter acknowledging he must be more aware of others’ personal space. Less than 48 hours since the seven allegations against him were reported, Biden made a public appearance and joked about getting permission to touch/hug others.
Since then he has received backlash from both liberal and conservative media outlets.
Biden has thrown his hat in the ring twice for president and won zero primaries.
BERNIE SANDERS – 21.1 PERCENT
A seasoned Senate veteran, Sanders remains a frontrunner in the Democratic primary. Sanders –who was progressive before being progressive was cool – has a war chest of $28 million. He has a campaign staff of approximately 100, 40 percent of whom are of color.
Sanders was criticized earlier in 2019 for his lack of response and understanding of sexual harassment on in 2016 campaign. His former campaign manager acknowledged there was a “failure” in the campaign to solve and take these issues seriously.
Numerous women stepped forward and said the campaign had not taken sexual harassment complaints seriously and women were mistreated on numerous occasions.
KAMALA HARRIS – 9.9 PERCENT
While Harris remains popular in California, there is little chance the junior senator will push forth and become the frontrunner. RealClearPolitics noted she almost lost an attorney general race in California, and she has yet to band together the African American vote in the south.
Last month, during a Jimmy Kimmel Live segment, Harris failed to name one policy that distinguishes her from the pack.
Harris must also find politically sound answers to her work as San Francisco’s district attorney where she was accused of, “Withholding information regarding corrupt criminal inquiries, declining to take a position on reducing sentences for low-level felonies, refusing to support a bill standardizing body cameras for police officers, and more.”
BETO O’ROURKE – 8.9 PERCENT
Former three-term congressman and failed Senate candidate against Ted Cruz came out of the gate with a bang. O’Rouke has become a promising fast leaner in the art of fundraising but faced intense criticism over standing on the tables of diners and his front cover GQ magazine cover when he first announced.
Beto’s skateboarding tactics and easy going manner may give him an edge with the younger generation, however, his two misdemeanor arrests have been brought to light. Most notably, his second arrest was for driving while intoxicated in 1998.
ELIZABETH WARREN – 5.7 PERCENT
The Massachusetts senator, who has taken on the nickname of Pocahontas, had to backpedal on her Native American roots and publicly apologize for using her 1/1024 heritage in staff directories during her time in academia. In October, Warren tried to put the rumors to rest by taking a DNA test, but it was not well received. In fact, she had to apologize to Native American groups and activists.
Warren continues to hit the campaign trail and has tried to win over folks with little things, such as allowing selfies with her dog and doing 30 seconds with him and her husband on the campaign trail with her.
She has a long way to go in mending relationships with minority groups and gaining real traction in the primary.
CORY BOOKER – 3.6 PERCENT
Most known for raising more than $5 million since the launch of his campaign on February 1, Booker has hit the campaign trail and locked down New Jersey. However, Booker’s flip-flopping has become the spotlight for his campaign. A recent story from Vox highlighted how Booker had joined a Republican caucus “aimed at lowering drug prices.” While the well-backed legislation was likely to pass, progressives were outraged that Booker had worked with GOP lawmakers.
HuffPost slammed Booker (and 13 other Democrats) for breaking ranks. In its report, it also said Booker had received $267,338 from pharmaceutical companies.
These types of stories do the hopefully Booker no good and instead force progressives away from him.
PETER BUTTIGIEG – 2.9 PERCENT
Better known as Mayor Peter, he has been all over TV stations putting his name out there. Most recently, Buttigieg spoke at an annual LGBTG PAC Victory Fund event about his coming out during his younger days.
The 37-year-old also had to back track on controversial 2015 remark of “All lives matter.” He told media outlets he no longer uses that phrase. Buttigieg has yet to prove if he can handle fundraising on a national level as well. Although he raised more than $7 million since declaring in January he will need a greater war chest to take on Trump.
AMY KLOBUCHAR – 1.7 PERCENT
Klobuchar’s campaign said it has raised more than $5.2 million over the first seven weeks of her run. Her announcement was overshadowed by the horror stories of how she treats staffers. The most prominent one being when a staffer forgot a fork for Klobuchar’s salad and she had to eat with a comb. She then instructed the staffer to wash the comb. Other stories of how she forced staffers to perform personal tasks and even throw office supplies have also emerged.
ANDREW YANG – 1 PERCENT
The New York entrepreneur is only known for making a case for universal basic income plan. Following a typical socialist track, Yang believes in giving every American $1,000 simply because “we’re in the midst of the greatest economic and technical transition in the history of the country.”
As for how to pay for this income plan – the details are still unknown. Yang, the founder of Venture for America, has a long way to go if he wants to make a real splash in the Iowa caucus.
OTHERS – JULIAN CASTRO, KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, JOHN HICKENLOOPER, JAY INSLEE, MICHAEL BENNET, STACEY ABRAMS (UNDECLARED) AND OTHERS WHO HAVE LESS THAN 1 PERCENT
With less than 1 percent of the vote in polling, it’s safe to say these individuals have a long way to go with the general public.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.