Democratic voters helped elect a historic number of women to Congress during the midterm elections.
They elected Democrat Susan Wild to become the first woman to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress, defeating two opponents in a nationally watched race that turned nasty in the final weeks of the campaign.
Democratic voters also helped elect the first Muslim-American women in both Michigan and Minnesota, and voted in the first Native-American women in Kansas and New Mexico.
And, after one of the most closely watched elections in the nation, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat by beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
ABC News said women accounted for 52 percent of voters in the midterms, preliminary exit polls showed.
If you’re noticing a trend, you’re not alone. It’s a trend that may carry all the way through the 2020 Democratic presidential race: Monthly power rankings put together by mainstream media outlets are now dominated by women.
We took a look at the names being floated around as top contenders, as well as those drawing big interest in Google search trends. Yes, there are men, too. But women make up a top tier of the candidates likely to run. Those candidates are:
Harris has served as the junior U.S. senator from California since 2017. She served as attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017. When elected to Congress, she became the first African-American woman and the first Indian-American woman to represent California in the Senate.
CNN says she’s exactly what Democratic voters are looking for — a young-ish, non-white woman whose candidacy will be well-funded, as well as someone who has “demonstrated her chops” in high-profile tests.
Warren is a senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, a seat she has held since 2013. She was formerly a professor of law, and is an active consumer protection advocate. She is a leading figure in the Democratic Party, and in October released the results of a DNA analysis showing she has distant Native American ancestry, drawing a rebuke from President Donald Trump who had previously questioned her ancestry.
Klobuchar is the senior U.S. senator from Minnesota, elected in 2006 (she won a landslide reelection during the midterms last week). She is also a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor-Party, Minnesota’s affiliate of the Democratic Party. Facing off in the Senate Judiciary Committee with now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh raised Klobuchar’s profile in a big way, but so has her continued belief in bipartisanship as she’s served her constituents with a dose of “Minnesota Nice.”
The former vice president continues to lead polls in the Democratic field. He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009 and is beloved in his home state. However, as a septuagenarian — Biden will be 77 on Election Day 2020 — his age is often said to be working against him. He also continues to bemoan how ‘demeaning’ politics has become, and many wonder if he’ll be up for what will surely be a contentious political season.
Booker is a junior U.S. senator from New Jersey, serving since 2013. He is the first African-American senator from New Jersey, and was mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. He’s considered to be a shoo-in to run, which was potentially helped when the state legislature voted to say a candidate could run for both president and re-election in 2020. His name has been floated among the ‘who’s who’ in power rankings, including a recent list from The Washington Post, which called him “hugely impressive,” but someone who can be “over the top.”
Sanders, the junior U.S. senator from Vermont since 2007, is also the longest-serving Independent in congressional history. His failed campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination was noted for its supporters’ enthusiasm — what many were calling a “political revolution.” He remains at the top of many polls as a 2020 frontrunner, but, like Biden, his age could be a factor. Sanders will be 79 on Election Day 2020.
Other Names Garnering Interest
Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior U.S. senator from New York, pretty much said she wasn’t going to run for president. Then she said she was thinking about it. She previously held the position of U.S. representative for New York’s 20th congressional district from 2007 until her Senate appointment. She said on ABC’s “The View” that she believes she’s been called on to restore a moral integrity and moral decency in the country.
Beto O’Rourke came mighty close to winning a Senate race that would have dramatically unseated incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas. O’Rourke lost by less than three points, and his campaign served to inspire millions of Democrats nationwide. Six days after the midterms, the Polk County Democratic Party in Des Moines invited him to visit, and Dems across the country now appear to be calling on him to run.
Other Names of Interest: Keep an eye on Sherrod Brown, Steve Bullock, Julian Castro, and Michael Bloomberg.
This article provided by NewsEdge.