The 2020 Presidential Election is only nine months away, meaning that some of the largest battles between candidates are already occurring.
With a Republican partisan currently occupying the Oval Office, most qualified Republicans did not even announce their running. The few that have, however, have mostly been defeated already by the president’s relentlessly coarse personality, his undeniable power as President of the United States and the sure vastness of his personal fortune that backs his forceful campaigning. Trump has currently invested the most money into his campaign out of any candidate with an striking $206 million.
Now, the only other Republican candidate willing to stand it out with Trump is former Governor of Massachusetts, William Weld. While Weld offers the only diversity of choice on the red side, he would frankly need a miracle to win the election.
In contrast to the Republican side of the election, Democratic voters will have much to think about in this election with the large majority of candidates now representing the Democratic Party.
In recent months, the U.S. has seen millions of dollars spent, many candidates drop out of the race and friends become competitors at best and enemies at worst, all in an effort to gain the title of President of the United States for the next four years.
Needless to say, the Democratic Party already shows tireless effort in the race and, if nothing else, is united by at least one motivation: getting President Trump out of office.
This motivation was obviously shared in the heat of Trump’s impeachment case and is now saturating all events leading up to November.
With that being said, the splits between left-sided candidates is already brewing an election that Business Insider is calling “one of the largest, most competitive, and most unpredictable in modern history.”
Plainly, the Democratic voters will be forced to yield support to one candidate. Otherwise, the odds of seeing a blue tie in office will not be ones to put money on.
Despite this reality, polls show that opinions are generally split between the first and second most popular Democrats right now: former candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden, who served as President Obama’s vice president while in office, appeared to be the Democrats clear leading candidate, exiting 2019 with polls reaching above 30 percent and stabilizing in the high 20 percent.
However, just since this month, Biden has fallen down significantly in the wake of Sanders’s excellerating campaign. Sanders’ promise of a largely reformed education system, free of cost, seems to have spiked the attention of voters, giving Sanders’s popularity percentages to rival Biden’s former. Meanwhile Biden is now polling at 16 percent popularity, just above the more stagnant, Mike Bloomberg.
In the early months of this election year, there are still many things that can change, particularly on the Democratic side. The coming months will provide all indications of which candidates can obtain the trust and, more tangibly, the votes of their party in anticipation of the next President of the United States.