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FOCUS: Bernie Sanders Tops the List of 2020 Democratic Contenders in New Poll
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48830"><span class="small">Andy Kroll, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 11:52

Kroll writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) holds a commanding lead in a new poll of liberal grassroots activists conducted by Democracy for America, the lefty activist group founded by former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean."

Sanders at a rally on Capitol Hill for economic and social justice. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Sanders at a rally on Capitol Hill for economic and social justice. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Bernie Sanders Tops the List of 2020 Democratic Contenders in New Poll

By Andy Kroll, Rolling Stone

19 December 18


Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke round out the top three in the Democracy for America survey

en. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) holds a commanding lead in a new poll of liberal grassroots activists conducted by Democracy for America, the lefty activist group founded by former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean.

In a field of 23 candidates, Sanders claimed 36 percent of the first-place votes by DFA activists, more than double the percentage of former Vice President Joe Biden, who finished in second with 15 percent. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who narrowly lost his Senate race against Republican Ted Cruz last month, took third place with 12 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) grabbed fourth with 8 percent and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) rounded out the top five with seven percent.

It’s far too early, of course, to make definitive statements about the state of the 2020 race and which Democrats are best positioned to win their party’s nomination. But the DFA poll largely aligns with a recent straw poll by another stalwart progressive group, MoveOn.org, whose members ranked O’Rourke, Biden and Sanders as their top three picks.

What makes the DFA poll interesting is that the results allow you to remove candidates from the field and see how the poll’s results change accordingly. For instance, take Biden out of the mix and O’Rourke surges into second place, with Warren, Harris and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) behind him. Pull O’Rourke out, however, and Harris leapfrogs Warren into third place behind Sanders and Biden.

And what if Sanders chooses not to run? In the unlikely scenario that happens, the Democratic field becomes wide open, according to DFA’s numbers. Biden, O’Rourke and Warren are neck and neck for first place, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who endorsed Sanders for president and has cultivated an outsider persona akin to Sanders, makes a big leap from ninth place to fourth. Gabbard only last week said in an MSNBC interview that she was seriously considering a run for president. That she performs so well in DFA’s poll isn’t terribly surprising given the pro-Bernie bent of DFA’s membership.

Charles Chamberlain, DFA’s executive director and incoming chair, says in a statement that the poll’s results show that the 2020 Democratic primary “is up for grabs and so is Democracy for America’s endorsement.” Chamberlain adds, “Unlike 2016, no candidate has support strong enough for the Democratic Party establishment to clear the field, which means progressives will have an excellent opportunity over the next year to kick the tires on a wide range of different candidates and find the best one to take on Trump.”

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+15 # jon 2018-12-19 16:44
We don't need to "kick the tires on a wide range of different candidates and find the best one to take on Trump” !! Bernie Sanders would have won in a land-slide in 2016 - even against the election corruption of Putin, etc. He will win in a land-slide in 2020. The only question is who would be the best running mate.
 
 
+11 # Robbee 2018-12-19 18:31
Bernie Sanders Tops the List of 2020 Democratic Contenders in New Poll, Andy Kroll, Rolling Stone, 19 December 18

- how odd? bernie tops my list, too!

frankly nobody else is too close!
 
 
+1 # tr4302@gmail.com 2018-12-19 20:12
Bernie is # uno so follow your own advice RSN and cut the nonsene wrt meaningless speculation so damned soon!
 
 
+3 # elkingo 2018-12-20 01:43
Absolutely! I like Bernie/Warren best, if she'll run and accept VP.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-20 08:00
"in a new poll of liberal grassroots activists conducted by Democracy for America, the lefty activist group founded by former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean."


Of course he leads in this poll. But the mainstream, corporate, CIA lackey media like the WashPo, NYT, all the cable news outlets and the broadcasts news are ignoring Sanders as they did in 2016. In a recent "sunday news show" Chuck Todd asked a panel of "experts" about who they thought would be the Demo party candidate in 2020. No one mentioned Sanders.

It is really good to have a poll like this. It may help to break the wall of silence in the mainstream corporate, CIA-lackey news. but there's a very long way to go.

The 2020 election will be very interesting. The people will be going one way -- toward Sanders and left wing populism. But the ruling elites of America and the intelligence agencies will be going the opposite way. They lost last time in Trump's victory. They probably think they won't lose this time. It will be an all-out assault on democracy by the ruling elites and their agencies like the CIA and FBI. I'm sure there is some parking ticket Sanders has forgotten to pay and he will be investigated by some Mueller-type and indicted.