Politics

Dems' Top Pick For '20 Campaign: Someone Completely New

| by Lauren Briggs

As Democrats look to regroup fresh on the heels of a stinging loss in the 2016 general election, there is one candidate who stands out in the public's mind as a viable 2020 presidential candidate: somebody entirely new.

According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, released on Dec. 21, 66 percent of Democrats and independents said that they would be excited to see a currently unknown and unnamed candidate who is not yet on the national stage and has not previously run for president look to clinch the White House for the Democrats, while only 9 percent said that they would not like to see that candidate run.

For comparison, the unidentified new candidate fared significantly better than 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, for whom only 23 percent said they would be excited to see run in 2020, while 62 percent said that they would prefer she didn't.

Many other Democrats fared far better than Clinton, though none quite so well as "somebody new." A full 61 percent of Democrats said that they would love to see First Lady Michelle Obama run for any elected office, even though she has said that she is categorically uninterested in doing so. Only 32 percent said that she should not run.

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Vice President Joe Biden took in high scores as the next most popular candidate, with 43 percent of respondents expressing excitement at the prospect of his bid for the presidency, even though he would be 78 years old on his theoretical first day of office, while 31 percent said that they would rather not see him run.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who will be 79 years old during the 2021 inauguration, also fared well with 44 percent of voters saying they would be "excited" to see him run and 38 percent saying otherwise, while 34 percent said they would like to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts run, and 27 percent said they would not.

Las Vegas odds give Mrs. Obama the highest chance of beating Donald Trump in 2020, followed by Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine, Sen. Warren, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, in that order, according to The Wrap.

Sources: USA Today, The Wrap (2) (3) (4) (5) / Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull/Flickr

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