We are now less than one year away from the 2020 election, and there seems to be no end in sight for the Democratic Party’s primary process.
The field itself has dwindled only slightly over the course of the last few months, from a record high of nearly two dozen candidates. Slowly but surely, low-polling progressives have begun to drop out of the race, having seen the writing on the wall.
But that hasn’t stopped a few more Democrats from eyeing up the considerably weak field and deciding to give it a go. Just days ago, for instance, we discovered that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was eyeing a run.
Now, another prominent northeastern Democrat is doing the same.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday that he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
His decision to enter the primary comes against the backdrop of the realities of the political calendar — the filing deadline in all-important New Hampshire is Friday — as well as continued consternation from some Democrats about whether the current field presents viable options to beat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Patrick ruled out a presidential bid earlier this year, telling NBC Boston at the time that he had concerns about the negativity of a campaign and the impact of that on his family.
His late entry presents big hurdles, both in fundraising and when it comes to building a campaign organization that can keep pace with other candidates who have been running for almost a year.
These late entrants into the race belie a dirty secret that the Democrats don’t wish to admit: Their 2020 field is far too weak to compete with the juggernaut that is Donald Trump, and the only real hope they have now is to catch lightning in a bottle with a tardy and tawdry politician surprising the field.
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