martes, 6 de junio de 2017

Women shape 2020 Democratic field

At least four female senators are drawing mention as presidential prospects.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are all drawing mention as serious presidential contenders. | Politico Illustration/AP and iStock

Democrats are still sifting through the lessons of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss. But with a handful of women who could be serious presidential contenders in 2020, they’re beginning to think about one question in particular: What will the election landscape look like for the next woman who wins the Democratic nomination?

It’s not an academic question. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are all drawing mention as top-of-the-ticket prospects and settling into distinctive lanes ahead of a primary that will begin in earnest in two years.

With so many top-tier women in the mix, operatives are already mapping out what a post-Clinton run looks like, how to navigate in such a historic field and how to position against a candidate like Donald Trump.

“You can’t overstate it,” said Democratic strategist Marcy Stech. “There’s no playbook for this.”

With many Democrats speculating about the effect that misogyny had on the result, party leaders are trying to better understand the politics of nominating another woman.

“I do think it played a role,” Clinton told CNN last month.

Eight percent of voters told Gallup in 2015 they would not want to vote for a woman, though many suspect the true number is higher due to respondents not wanting to reveal their preference. In the days after Clinton’s loss — when many commentators focused on the party’s failed outreach to working-class white men in the Rust Belt — some of her allies privately worried that Democrats would shy from nominating another woman.

“If electing a woman to the office of the presidency was easy, we would have already done it. It’s a mistake for any of us to think this is easy and behind us,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “We still have some obstacles to overcome: We still have a country where 23 states have not seen a woman governor, ever, of any party.”

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