It comes as no surprise when political strategists hear liberal and progressive voters in Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia or Boston saying that they won’t be voting for President Donald Trump in 2020; strategists already know that Trump isn’t going to get much support in those Democratic strongholds. But the thing that really grabs the attention of political strategists and organizers is hearing how people in swing areas are planning to vote, and one such attention-grabber is an MSNBC interview with a conservative-leaning Iowa family who told the cable news outlet why they’re leaning Democratic for the 2020 election.
Kate, Taylor and Paul Miller, interviewed at the Iowa State Fair, clearly had conservative voting histories. The mother told MSNBC she was a “lifelong conservative” who had “campaigned door to door” for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley in Iowa but now finds herself politically drawn to Sen. Kamala Harris, who has generally been in the top five in recent polls among Democratic presidential candidates. Some polls of Democratic voters have found Harris in second place behind frontrunner Joe Biden; others have found the California senator in third or fourth place.
“I cannot vote for Donald Trump,” the mother said. “He is not a conservative, and I don’t think he’s a good man.”
She went on to say that she is looking for a Democratic candidate who is “reasonable on our borders” and values “the rule of law,” indicating that Harris might be the one she’s looking for.
Paul, her husband, said he voted for Trump in 2016 but seemed open to possibly voting Democratic in 2020 — although he didn’t rule out the possibility of voting for Trump a second time. And his daughter, who is 17 but will be old enough to vote next year, said that while she considers herself conservative, “I cannot vote for Donald Trump. If there was a better conservative, I would probably vote for them. But he says so many things that are just absolutely disgusting and despicable.”
The daughter said she is looking for a Democratic candidate she can “get behind and support” and isn’t “completely crazy on immigration.” She added that while she likes Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are “a little too far left for me” —although some of her friends like them.
‘Disqualifying’: Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for praising right-wing Tea Party movement in resurfaced 2010 video
"I believe we might find that we have a lot in common," Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said during an event hosted by Citizens for Common Sense.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing backlash over a resurfaced video from 2010 in which he offered words of praise for the right-wing Tea Party movement and expressed a desire to find common ground.
During an October 2010 forum in Indiana hosted by the Tea Party-affiliated group Citizens for Common Sense, Buttigieg—then a candidate for Indiana state treasurer—told the audience that "there's some, especially in my party, who think the Tea Party's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party."
Sanders becomes fastest presidential candidate in history to reach 4 million individual donations
"This is damn impressive," said progressive strategist Rebecca Katz.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign announced Tuesday morning that it reached four million individual contributions faster than any presidential candidate in history, a milestone the campaign touted as evidence that the Vermont senator is surging with less than 80 days to go before the Iowa caucuses.
"This is what momentum looks like," Faiz Shakir, Sanders' campaign manager, said in a statement.
Optimistic Democrats are lining up to run for Texas’ high courts in 2020
The depth of the bench for non-marquee statewide races, like the state’s two high courts and the Railroad Commission, is a measure of how high Democratic hopes have soared ahead of the 2020 election.
For Brandon Birmingham, a state district judge in Dallas, the 2020 race for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals started on election night 2018.
As he watched Beto O’Rourke win more votes than any Texas Democrat ever had in a statewide race, Birmingham — who won reelection that night with 100% of the vote in his countywide district — began to mull his own chances at winning Texas. Within weeks, he’d reached out to the state Democratic Party. By December, he’d sat down with party officials over breakfast in Dallas to discuss a possible run.