The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

First blood, fresh blood, and bad blood: That is this week’s narrative in the presidential race.
Begin with blood. This afternoon in California, Representative Eric Swalwell ended his race for the Democratic nomination, shocking news to many Americans who had no idea he had been operating in the first location. Swalwell will seek reelection to the U.S. House instead. He is the primary candidate to depart the race.
Swalwell’s effort was quixotic from the beginning, but unlike Cervantes’s hero, he never actually journeyed anywhere. Swalwell was not able to build much name recognition, despite managing to qualify for the first Democratic debate in June. His most notable moment came early in the second night of that argument, when he contested Joe Biden to hand off the torch to a younger generation. Biden whined Swalwell off; Kamala Harris delivered the punch that Swalwell had been expecting to land on the former vice president; and Swalwell much more or less vanished, end up using the second-least amount of talking time of the night, before only Andrew Yang. He had been in danger of not making the next argument, at the end of July.
This is not necessarily an indictment of Swalwell; it’s just that it’s hard to get focus in this field. 1 common explanation for why long-shot candidates conduct is to raise their profiles, and perhaps Swalwell failed, but based on a Morning checkup survey, 50 percent of respondents hadn’t even heard of him, with only his House colleague Seth Moulton fared worse.
It speaks well of Swalwell he is able to read the writing on the wall if many of his rivals are still feigning illiteracy. While he may be the very first to leave the race, he’s likely to be joined by others before too long. Take John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, who recently fired much of his team and is trying a relaunch. After initially seeming to blame his former aides, he told a reporter in Iowa that the real issue was probably the offender. “Certainly the huge majority of the issue with the effort was not being as good of a messenger as I need to be, however you can’t change or trade in a new offender,” he said. Which may be true of the Hickenlooper campaign, but voters can change or exchange in–not that a lot of these were in his corner in the first place.
Then, the fresh blood: Much as Swalwell prepares to exit, another Californian, the financier Tom Steyer, may enter the race, my colleague Edward-Isaac Dovere reports. I’ve written in this space multiple times that the area is finally at ability and will only psychologist, and new candidates keep emerging. (Hi, Joe Sestak! Nice to see you, Steve Bullock!) Steyer is an interesting case because he declared back in early January that he wouldn’t run. Yet despite watching a field of coiffed white dudes don’t go anywhere, he’s seemingly tempted to try his hand anyway.

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