Are too many dang Democrats running for president? | The Tylt
Are too many dang Democrats running for president?
NPR reports the field is already large and varied, including governors, mayors, senators, and business people. While a large number of candidates can be seen as a detriment, it could also encourage more competition and help voters find candidates they are actually enthusiastic about.
There are nine candidates in the race so far, with nearly 20 others still thinking about it and another already dropping out. It's a big change from 2016 when a total of five major candidates ran in the Democratic primary.
For Democrats, it's also one of the most consequential elections ever, with the opportunity to deny President Trump re-election after a term that has outraged the left. The candidates come from different parts of the country and have differing approaches on how to win in 2020 and beat Trump.
As Salon reports, the large number of Democratic candidates reflects a similar field of Republicans in 2016.
The fact that there is such a huge potential field can't be dismissed lightly. During the 2016 campaign, the Republican Party fielded more candidates than had ever previously competed in a major party's presidential primaries — there were 17 going into the Iowa caucuses. As we now know, the end result, after many twists and turns, was the nomination and election of Donald Trump, the first U.S. president to lack either military or political experience, and the party's large-scale abandonment of what were previously understood to be its core principles.
With so many candidates, no clear frontrunners pulled into the lead, allowing Donald Trump to step in and fully differentiate himself from his opponents.