Currently, the Democratic pool of candidates consists of approximately six to eight
serious contenders, from various backgrounds and levels of experience. The politicians polling
the highest are Joe Biden, former vice president of Barack Obama, and Kamala Harris, a
Californian senator. Other possible candidates include Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang. While
Biden and Harris’ policies attract more support, neither one has gained a clear majority of
Democratic votes. With multiple front-runners vying for the nomination, it shows that American
Democrats are divided between these politicians. This size will most likely cause the eventual
nominee to face more difficulty winning the 2020 general election.
Although more contenders provides diversity and choices for Democrats, it also means
that each person receives a smaller percentage of votes out of the general population, compared
to if the party had only fewer candidates. The Democratic debates this year showcased the wide
range of political programs these candidates endorse, as well as their disagreements. The
Democrats show more divisiveness, with no single person providing a platform that covers the
policies and ideas they want to hear.
The current Democratic candidates do demonstrate promising and beneficial ideas, but
the Republican Party’s single contender in Donald Trump allows them some guaranteed support
and past precedents. Even though many of Trump’s decisions have driven out some of his
supporters, his presidency has also cemented the support from other citizens. The GOP needs not
worry about choosing a nomination, and can fully focus on promoting Trump’s campaign. For
the Democratic Party to nominate a strong contender, they must single out and support one
candidate who recognizes most of the U.S. citizens’ best interests when making policies and
negotiations. Only then will they obtain the ability to consolidate their party’s votes and truly
face off against Donald Trump in 2020.