A failed U.S. Senate candidate from Texas topped a MoveOn straw poll for 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates.
“An early straw poll of members of the progressive group MoveOn.org shows a wide-open competition for liberal voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, with Rep. Beto O’Rourke narrowly beating out former Vice President Joe Biden,” according to NBC.
The state representative won 15.9 percent of the vote to Biden’s 14.9 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) placed third with 13.1 percent. The most popular answer in the early poll was “undecided,” at 30 percent.
O’Rourke, whose full name is Robert Francis O’Rourke but who uses “Beto” as an appeal to Latino voters, met with former president Barack H. Obama in mid-November, a sign that points to him making a presidential bid in 2020. He also placed in the top three in a recent Harvard/Harris poll, coming in just behind Biden and Sanders.
O’Rourke, who gives off a charismatic populist vibe not dissimilar to that of Obama during his 2008 campaign, has a father-in-law who is a billionaire and spent a record $80 million losing to Sen. Rafael “Ted” Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2018 midterm.
“The three men were followed by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who garnered 10 percent support, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with 6.4 percent,” the NBC report said. “Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were each selected by about 3 percent of members.”
The Democrats are searching for an identity after running their 2018 midterms strictly on a platform of Trump hatred, and banking on the historical norm of a first term president losing seats in Congress. Soon they will have to choose is they want to stick with what they know – a former Vice President and a socialist who ran a strong primary campaign in 2015 and 2106, or a newer, fresher face without a proven track record.
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