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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernard Sanders have been billed as too radical, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a black voter problem.
Less than three months out from the first votes being cast in the 2020 presidential race, a sense of unease has crept into the conversation and given way to reports that more high-profile candidates could be on the verge of diving into the race.
Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has dipped his toe in the water, and media outlets are reporting that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. are putting out feelers.
Elaine C. Kamarck, a member of the Democratic National Committee and author of “Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know About How America Nominates its Presidential Candidates,” said the buzz over the field expanding this late in the game is “obviously a sign of unhappiness with the field.”
“There is heightened anxiety because Democrats feel so fervently that they have to defeat Trump,” she said. “But there is always a point when people start campaigning that [voters] discover they have clay feet — everyone has something wrong with them and you don’t see that until they are in the race.
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