The over-crowded 2020 election field

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By: Drew Aggus

Earlier this month, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced that he would be running for president in 2020.

This has led many to wonder why there seems to be an infinite number of democrats who are putting their names on the ballot next year.

According to the New York Times, there are 17 democrats who have tossed their name in the ring thus far compared to just two republican candidates, including President Trump. They all seems to be running on similar platforms, which include gun control, immigration reform and other social issues. So why are so many democrats entering the race?

There are numerous reasons, but I believe the main one to be that they all want to have a shot at taking down Trump. After Trump beat Clinton in 2016, many democrats took the loss hard. And since Clinton said that she won’t be running again, the democrats have flooded the field with potential candidates wanting to go head-to-head with the incumbent president.

A lot of these candidates also seem to be rather underqualified. For example, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana – a city with about 102,000 residents, which is only 25,000 more people than St. Joe has – is only 37 years old and has announced his intent to run for president. In addition, the democratic field includes a candidate who is a tech executive and one who is an author.

However, as our current president has proved, experience does not get you elected quite like it used to.

So, will this large primary field be good or bad for the democrats? Truthfully, it can go one of two ways.

It will either discourage voters from voting for other democrats, whom they support less and who actually have a shot at winning, or it will do what it did for the republicans in 2016.

In 2016, the republicans had a lot of candidates – similar to the democratic party in the upcoming election. They all ran on similar platforms, and they all lost to each other, while Trump, the unlikely candidate, soared past them all.

Once the general election rolled around in November, the party had united behind Trump, and all of the voters from the primaries returned to help Trump earn victory.

If the democrats want to earn victory in 2020 and gain control of the White House, they have to support each other and convince voters to return for the general election next November. Otherwise, the republicans will continue to reign supreme in the White House until the Left gets another shot at it in 2024.