Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

The Ocasio-Cortez Effect: Wave of Challenges Hits Entrenched N.Y. Democrats

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be just the beginning. Less than eight months after Ms. Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world by unseating a powerful Democratic congressman, her home state is emerging as an epicenter of House primary challenges in 2020. Party insurgents are plotting and preparing to battle with the entrenched establishment — targeting as many as […]

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Democrats’ 2020 Choice: Do They Want a Fighter or a Healer?

MASON CITY, Iowa — Senator Cory Booker glided into the state first, offering himself as a herald of peace in a northern Iowa church that advertised “radical hospitality” on its marquee. As a rainbow cracked the frozen sky outside, Mr. Booker spoke of restoring “grace and decency” and erasing “the lines that people think divide […]

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Beto O’Rourke to Make 2020 Decision by End of February

Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat whose near miss Senate bid last year catapulted him to national fame, said on Tuesday that he would decide by the end of February whether to run for president in 2020. In an interview in Times Square with Oprah Winfrey, who prodded him to join the race throughout their chat, […]

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2020 Democrats Agree: They’re Very, Very Sorry

The Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls differ on their approach to policy issues such as income inequality and climate change, but on one thing there is almost uniform agreement: They’re all very, very sorry. The most recent high-profile mea culpa came Thursday when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts apologized for her controversial decision to take a […]

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How to Talk Presidential

Cory Booker is running for president. That makes nine announced candidates for the Democratic primary, and if you add everyone The Times lists from likely to “might,” you’re up to 22. When you throw in the Democrats who say they’re “thinking,” we’re way past two dozen. You’re a concerned citizen — when you go to […]

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The Argument: Who’s Leading the Democratic Primary?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” a debate over who is leading the 2020 Democratic primary in its nascent state. Jamelle Bouie, The Times’s newest Opinion columnist, joins his colleagues to discuss declared and potential […]

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Is There Room in 2020 for a Centrist Democrat? Maybe One or Two.

Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks chief executive contemplating an independent run for president, stated it as a plain matter of fact: For someone with his views — a distinctly white-collar blend of conservative fiscal instincts and liberal social values — there is no suitable political party. That would come as news to the eight or […]

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Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama’s Success With Black Voters? It’s Complicated

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As Senator Kamala Harris attempts her own version of former President Barack Obama’s historic rise from first-term senator to the White House, one of her political tests will be trying to secure the overwhelming support from black voters that buoyed Mr. Obama in 2008. Ms. Harris wants that support, but it does […]

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A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects. His Team Fears a Primary Fight.

President Trump’s defeat in his border-wall standoff with Congress has clouded his already perilous path to a second term in 2020, undercutting Mr. Trump’s cherished image as a forceful leader and deft negotiator, and emboldening alike his Democratic challengers and Republican dissenters who hope to block his re-election. The longest government shutdown in history inflicted […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Leading and Following at the Same Time

The most active wing of the Democratic Party — the roughly 20 percent of the party’s electorate that votes in primaries and wields disproportionate influence over which issues get prioritized — has moved decisively to the left. With all the attention that is being paid to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and other new […]

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For Democrats, South Carolina Already Looms Large for the 2020 Race

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The rally in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of South Carolina’s Capitol was solemn, with speaker after speaker invoking his courage and vision. But this city’s mayor couldn’t help but turn his eye from the past to the future for just a moment. “The road […]

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They Still Like Steve King Here

The Republicans in Des Moines and Washington are doing what they can to run away from and run off Representative Steve King, the Republican from my district, for yet more of his outlandish remarks over white supremacy, nationalism and western civilization — remarks that simply echo things he has said many times over the past […]

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Kamala Harris Joins Democratic Presidential Field

Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and barrier-breaking prosecutor who became the second black woman to serve in the United States Senate, declared her candidacy for president on Monday, joining an increasingly crowded and diverse field in what promises to be a wide-open nomination process. The announcement was bathed in symbolism: Ms. Harris chose to […]

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Political Memo: Democrats Want to Run on Issues in 2020. But Does Beating Trump Matter Most?

WASHINGTON — Medicare for All. A federal jobs guarantee. The “Green New Deal.” No Super PAC money. No mass deportations. And, of course, a candidate who can beat President Trump — right? After a 2018 midterm election that energized the left, perhaps the most consequential political question facing the Democratic Party is whether liberals will […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to […]

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Democrats Find a Foil for 2020 Primary: Billionaires (Even Liberal Ones)

With populism making a strong comeback on the Democratic left, liberals have found an early, enticing foil in the party’s 2020 presidential primary: billionaires like Michael R. Bloomberg who could bankroll their own campaigns or finance others. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts fired several shots after entering the race last week, denouncing “campaigns that are […]

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Biden Sees Himself as Democrats’ Best Hope in 2020, Allies Say

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is in the final stages of deciding whether to run for president and has told allies he is skeptical the other Democrats eyeing the White House can defeat President Trump, an assessment that foreshadows a clash between the veteran Washington insider and the more liberal and […]

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Elizabeth Warren Campaigns in Iowa: ‘This is How It Starts’

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren hit the presidential campaign trail in southwestern Iowa on Friday evening, making her the first declared major candidate to host an event in the pivotal state and kicking off a Democratic primary season that promises to dominate the coming year. Hundreds of people packed a room in a […]

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Five Ways Elizabeth Warren (and Other 2020 Hopefuls) Will Campaign When There’s No Campaign Yet

The new year has begun, and so has the nomination process for next year’s presidential election. But what do candidates actually do at this point, when the Iowa caucuses are still 13 months away? Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who just entered the race and plans to campaign in Iowa this weekend, will move quickly […]

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Mitt Romney Says Trump ‘Has Not Risen to the Mantle of the Office’

Mitt Romney, the incoming senator from Utah and former Republican presidential nominee, revived his rivalry with President Trump on Tuesday with an op-ed essay in The Washington Post in which he said Mr. Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” Days before joining a Republican-controlled Senate, and as the 2020 presidential race […]

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