Democratic Primary News

Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren make it official.

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announces her presidential campaign in Minneapolis, February 11
Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announces her presidential campaign in Minneapolis, February 11 (Lorie Shaull)
  • 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.