For some reason, Democrats are deeply concerned they could wind up nominating a white man for President in 2020.
Currently, early polls show that Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) are the top three candidates by a long shot… and the idea of, gasp, a white man being the party’s standard bearer is apparently too much to bear.
According to The Hill, Democratic strategists are quietly panicking about the party “moving backwards” and nominating a white man.
“It’s almost like we’re moving backwards,” The Hill wrote, quoting one unnamed Democratic strategist. “We elected a black president in 2008 and 2012, we nominated a woman in 2016, so why are we now back with three white men at the top of the polls?”
The Hill continued, noting that, “Democratic strategist Seth Bringman added that it ‘definitely sends the wrong message about who our party is.’”
In the latest poll of Iowa voters—the first step to weigh in for 2020—Biden leads the pack with 32 percent, Sanders has 19 percent, and O’Rourke has 11 percent.
Early polls are often based mostly on name identification, as voters aren’t yet tuned in to the presidential race… but they’re critical for getting early fundraising and recognition in what’s sure to be a crowded and contentious race.