With yet another primetime debate scheduled for Wednesday night, the Democratic Party is in the thick of the 2020 primary now.
We’ve seen the rather enormous field whittled down over the course of the last few weeks, from a high of about two dozen candidates during the heyday of eagling campaigning, to only about three or four real contenders remaining.
Surprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden can’t really be considered a “contender” at this point, having suffered several major defeats during the early voting season.
At the top of the heap is Bernie Sanders, whose democratic socialism is the last thing that the Democratic establishment wants to throw at capitalist extraordinaire Donald Trump come November.
Sanders is now at 32 percent support while former Vice President Joe Biden is only at 17 percent, down 11 points from a month ago, according to the ABC News/Washington Postpoll.
In January, Biden was leading Sanders by four points, 28 percent to 24 percent.
Sanders is easily leading Biden among whites, and non-whites but falls short among black support, where the former vice president is clinging to a five-point lead.
The sense that Biden would be the strongest candidate to defeat Trump has shattered among Democrat voters.
Only 19 percent of voters now believe that Biden is the most electable candidate, plunging from 38 percent in January. Thirty percent now say Sanders has the best chance at winning.
Rising to fill the centrist void left by the plummeting Biden is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has begun disparaging Sanders in anticipation of an inevitable ideological showdown between the quite disparate Democrats.
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