Democratic Primary News

Klobuchar and Warren make it official. Democrats are pessimistic about Biden.

  • Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has announced a presidential bid. The three-term senator from a state Hillary Clinton nearly lost in 2016 could help win back the sort of blue-collar Midwestern voters who left the Democratic Party for Donald Trump. Although Klobuchar’s voting record is more left-wing than her image, she has notably not (yet) endorsed universal health care.
  • Elizabeth Warren has officially launched her presidential campaign with a combative speech focused on making life better for the American working class.
  • The Democratic political community is broadly and deeply pessimistic about Joe Biden‘s potential candidacy, McClatchy reports.

Still undecided

Among the Democrats officially undecided — but unofficially testing the waters — are:

  • Joe Biden, former vice president
  • Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York
  • Sherrod Brown, senator from Ohio
  • Steve Bullock, governor of Montana
  • John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
  • Eric Holder, former attorney general
  • Jay Inslee, governor of Washington
  • Beto O’Rourke, former Texas congressman
  • Bernie Sanders, independent senator from Vermont

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  • Daniella Greenbaum Davis believes Klobuchar could be attractive to center-right voters disappointed in Trump.
  • David A. Hopkins on why the candidates can’t be neatly divided into “lanes”.
  • David Leonhardt argues Brown and Klobuchar are the two most electable candidates.
  • Nate Silver on Klobuchar’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • NBC on the fighter-versus-uniter dynamic in the Democratic Party.