The 2020 presidential campaign is officially under way now that we have a straw poll to report. The leftward MoveOn.org group released the results of their first straw poll, testing for preference among the plethora of Democratic candidates. In a bit of a surprise, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), fresh from his US Senate defeat at the hands of Sen. Ted Cruz (R), led all the candidates with 15.6% support. Closely behind in second place was former Vice President Joe Biden (14.9%), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (13.1%), and California Sen. Kamala Harris (10.0%).
In the second tier were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (6.4%) with a rather poor showing, Sens. Sherrod Brown (2.9%) and Amy Klobuchar (2.8%), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2.7%), and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (2.6%), consecutively.
The poll is not statistically significant but does give us an idea that the party’s most hardened ideological faction is almost evenly split.
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