7 Democratic women to watch in 2020

If she runs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

  • The enthusiasm behind Democratic women running for office could help launch a female candidate to the top of the party’s ticket in 2020. 
  • The potential contenders include progressive firebrands like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and moderates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

Democratic women are running for office — and winning — in unprecedented numbers this year.

And the enthusiasm behind women candidates could help launch a female candidate to the top of the Democratic ticket in 2020. 

They’re being fueled by women voters, particularly college-educated women, who are leading a national backlash against President Donald Trump, spurred in part by the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

And some pollsters say there’s evidence that female candidates in Democratic primaries are benefiting from an intense desire among Democratic voters to elect women.

In May, Dave Wasserman of the non-partisan Cook Political Report looked at the 65 House Democratic primaries (without incumbents) that featured at least one man and one woman and found that the female candidates defeated their male opponents in 45 of those races. Wasserman chalked this up to a 15% „gender bonus.“

„2018 might be remembered as the ‚Year of the Angry College-Educated Female,'“ he wrote.

Here are seven Democratic women to look out for in 2020:

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

The former law professor would likely be the Democratic frontrunner should she launch a 2020 bid. She’s a national leader of the progressive left-wing of the party with a strong fundraising operation — and she’ll likely win reelection to the Senate this fall in a landslide.

During a September event in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Warren gave her clearest indication yet that she’ll run in 2020. 

„It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government and that includes a woman at the top. So here’s what I promise: after November 6, I will take a hard look at running for president,“ she said to an extended standing ovation.

But the senator must also contend with what her constituents want her to do. Recent polling in Warren’s home state found that a majority of Massachusetts voters don’t want her to run for the presidency, despite approving of her work in the Senate.

California Sen. Kamala Harris

The freshman California senator — the second black woman ever elected to the US Senate —has gained notoriety since she was elected in 2016 as a tough opponent of the Trump administration. Clips of her grilling Trump administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have helped her build a national following. 

But while Harris has embraced the party’s leftward shift on issues like single-payer healthcare and reforming the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, the former California attorney general is is viewed as too cozy with the establishment for some on the left.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

The former centrist congresswoman from upstate New York was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate in 2009 and has since been reelected by wide margins on a deeply progressive platform.  

Gillibrand has consistently been one of the first national Democrats to sign on to populist progressive policies like a federal jobs guarantee, Medicare-for-all, and abolishing ICE. 

A longtime champion of victims of sexual assault and harassment, Gillibrand made headlines last year when she led the charge in pressuring Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat accused by multiple women of groping and other sexual misconduct, to retire from the Senate. She has since become one of Washington’s most influential advocates for the #MeToo movement. 

While Gillibrand is one of the party’s strongest fundraisers, her ideological evolution from a more conservative congresswomen to the most liberal senator in Washington could hurt her in a presidential race.

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