The Democratic Presidential Primary Candidates

By Linnette Cruz 9-III

Young voters are for Bernie, blacks are for Biden, LGBTQ+ go to Warren, and older voters are for Pete. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg are the relatively well-known frontrunners for the United States Democratic Presidential Elections, all in that order. Democratic voters constantly getting their hands into cold water over the question of electability and the intentions of America’s democratic party. All are leading a fierce campaign and are closely matched in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Iowa and New Hampshire are extremely crucial to win over in polling because of the massive media coverage it receives, and it determines how well a candidate will do in the later contests and allow them to gain momentum. If a candidate wins a primary election, they will probably win all or a proportion of the state’s delegates depending on party rules. 

In a campaign where democrats are fiercely attempting to bring change and raise awareness of the problems the United States currently faces, Joe Biden brings up a compelling argument to U.S. citizens: we know him. At 76, Biden has had a long career in politics, being Delaware’s longest-serving senator and serving as vice-president under the Obama administration for two terms. Despite getting hammered by his opposition at the first Democratic primary debates and his involvement in the Ukrainian scandal with Donald Trump, he still maintains upper echelons of support. Many believe that he is most likely to win against Trump in polling.

Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, is jumping into the U.S. 2020 elections… again/is a running presidential looking to defeat Trump and boost the American economy. Sanders, at 78 years old, is back after an unsuccessful attempt to win against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination with a democratic socialist platform that included free college tuition and Medicare for all. Mr. Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist, but what does this really mean? Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to reach a more just society. Regardless of the amid rumors going around about Sanders’s supposed misogyny against Warren, he is still holding strong by leading among Hispanic voters, which will be very important to him in Texas and California on Super Tuesday. If Sanders wins the first three competitions of the primary season, then it will be very challenging for the other Democratic candidates to win against him.

Elizabeth Warren makes us a question: who says we can’t elect women for the president? There are a variety of women stepping up as serious contenders for the U.S. 2020 elections, the biggest one being Elizabeth Warren. While being the current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Warren is one of ­­the most recognizable politicians in the race. At age 70, Warren has claimed to cancel student loan debt, offer universal child care, reduce Black maternal mortality, tax millionaires, and has made many more promises to keep her campaign going along. Regardless of her past anti-LGBTQ remarks, 31% of LGBTQ likely voters said that they support Warren in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. This is because LGBTQ’s tend to be more respectful to different opinions, and democrats are more accepting of this community. According to the Democratic National Committee, Democrats are complete with the LGBTQ community’s fight for equality. They are entirely committed to end anti-LGBTQ violence and discrimination and ensure that they are all treated with the respect that they deserve (Democratic National Committee, 2020). Hillary Clinton’s loss to Barack Obama in 2008 and Donald Trump in 2016 has made many Americans wonder whether or not a woman can actually win the presidency of the United States. Despite the fact that double standards and sexism have tried to weigh down her campaign, Warren is in high hopes to become the first female president of the United States of America.

Between being the youngest and the first openly gay candidate to run for president, Pete Buttigieg has been a rising star in American politics since his first major election as mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Despite his fiery start and how he appeals to the public, 80% of his supporters are also rooting for Elizabeth Warren, marking her a threat to his presidential campaign. Pete is currently attracting older crowds because of his ‘old soul’ and optimism but is low standing with black voters because black people tend to be homophobic. According to Business Insider, 27% of black voters nationwide say they would be satisfied with Buttigieg as the Democratic nominee. Nevertheless, Pete Buttigieg is looking forward to being the first gay President of the United States of America.

There are high spirits for the upcoming U.S. presidential elections and a lot of willpower to get rid of Trump. Despite the fact that the impeachment might not remove him from office, we are still in high hopes that one of these Democrats will reach the presidency. The race door is widely open as voting is still in progress. Democrats are fighting for a brighter and better future, and Americans cannot wait for what they have in store for us.

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