CNN forecasters place Harris atop 2020 Dem power rankings, Biden in second
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) topped a CNN analysis of Democratic 2020 power rankings revealed on Thursday, leading former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and a slew of other Democrats considered to be potential contenders for the party’s nomination.
The analysis, by CNN’s Harry Enten and Chris Cillizza, touted Harris’s visibility since her campaign’s official launch last month, noting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE had said at the time that the California senator had the “best opening” of any Democrat so far in the 2020 campaign.
“I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris,” Trump told The New York Times at the end of January. Harris got “a better crowd — better crowd, better enthusiasm,” the president added. “Some of the others were very flat.”
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CNN’s analysis put Biden in second place in the rankings, noting the former vice president’s strength among supporters of former President Obama but noting that his Senate record, which was largely moderate, would be up for attack by his fellow Democrats during a primary.
Two other announced candidates, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), also scored high in the rankings, taking third and fourth place, respectively. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) took 9th place in the ratings, with the authors citing low name recognition for the New York senator as a reason for her “lagging” in their rankings.
Recent polling of the 2020 Democratic race has shown Biden with the lead, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), 6th place on the CNN rankings, sits in second. Harris followed Sanders in the poll.
Neither Biden nor Sanders, who finished second in the 2016 Democratic primary, have officially entered the race, though both are said to be actively considering bids for the presidency.