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Who’s Actually Electable in 2020?

Who’s Actually Electable in 2020?

Update: 2019-11-0534


The New York Times and Siena College conducted a major new poll, tackling the biggest questions about the 2020 presidential race: How likely is President Trump to be re-elected and which Democrat is best positioned to defeat him? 

The results reveal that the president remains highly competitive in the battleground states likeliest to decide his re-election, with Democratic candidates struggling to win back the support of white working-class voters who backed Mr. Trump in 2016. 

The poll also presents a snapshot of how the top Democratic candidates might fare in the general election — a critical question for Democratic voters hoping to take back the White House. 

Guest: Nate Cohn, a domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit 

Background reading: 

  • The new poll suggests Senator Elizabeth Warren might struggle with some battleground swing voters, and found evidence that both gender bias and ideological doubts were hurting her.
  • The top Democratic presidential candidates are locked in a close race in the Iowa caucuses, a key early test in the nomination race. But there, Ms. Warren currently has a slight edge. 
  • Here are five theories about what “electability” means in the 2020 race.
Comments (6)

Gloria Bravo

The mainstream media keeps trying to shove Warren, Biden, even Buttigeig in our faces, anyone but Bernie, too bad it won't work! I want a candidate whos policies I agree with not who is "electable"... I refuse to pinch my nose and just vote for the Dem nominee. I did it in 2016 and look, we still ended up with dumba** Trump.

Nov 7th
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Danny Davies

Sanders polls higher than 2 of the 3 "electable" candidates covered in this piece. Seriously, wtf.

Nov 5th

Russell Kramer

Tulsi isn't th most progressive but Republicans would drop Trump to vote for her

Nov 5th
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Who’s Actually Electable in 2020?

Who’s Actually Electable in 2020?