Democrats ‘vulnerable’ in 2020 elections
Dems are vulnerable in 2020 races, as GOP voters are increasingly rejecting the party’s candidates, analysts say.
Democrats are vulnerable.
They have a historically high number of defections and are at a disadvantage against Republicans.
Democrats also have a long-term problem with their voter base.
They’re losing young voters, women and nonwhite voters who are voting for Democrats for the first time in a generation.
They’ve also struggled to build a base among minorities, especially African-Americans.
Democrats have tried to address these problems, but that’s hard when you’re losing so many of your core voters, including younger voters.
“I think that the Democrats are vulnerable and that the Republicans are vulnerable,” said Richard Pollock, a former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association who now runs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
In a 2016 poll by CNN, 47 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans said they’d vote for a third party candidate in the 2020 election.
That was up from 32 percent in 2017.
In 2018, only 37 percent of voters said they would vote for the Democratic nominee in a statewide race, down from 40 percent in 2016.
Democrats haven’t won the House in almost two decades, but they’ve won the majority of seats.
And the party has gained control of both chambers in the Senate, and is expected to pass a tax cut bill.
A CNN poll from last year showed that the Democratic presidential nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had a net favorability rating of +32 points among Democrats, while Donald Trump had a -13 net favorabilities.
A majority of Democrats say they’ve gotten more involved in the 2016 election, with a majority saying they’ve sent more than $500 to the campaigns of Democrats.
The number of Democrats saying they have sent money to a third-party candidate is now at a record high.
Democrats, too, are taking a harder look at the party and the issues in light of Trump’s victory.
The Democratic Congressional Delegation, which represents the party in Congress, released a list of eight key issues it believes the party needs to address in 2018: a minimum wage hike, tuition-free college, the death penalty, immigration, gun control and LGBT issues.
Democrats need to address the opioid epidemic, said Democratic Congressional Caucus Chairman Rep. Gwen Moore.
The opioid crisis has put a strain on state and local governments and created a ripple effect that will last years, she said.
That’s why we’re calling on the Trump administration to act on opioids immediately, and we need to pass legislation that will end funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Trump administration hasn’t done so yet.
The party also needs to pass immigration reform, Moore said.
“The President needs to do more to get immigration right, and he needs to make it a priority, not just for Democrats, but for Republicans as well,” she said, noting that the GOP has blocked the President’s efforts.
“The Democrats need to be a leader on this issue and do a better job of reaching out to Hispanic and African-American voters and working with African- American and Hispanic voters to bring more immigrants to this country,” she added.
Trump has also called for a border wall and vowed to deport all illegal immigrants in the country, which is why Democrats are pushing for a bill that would fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
In contrast, Republican nominee Donald Trump has said he doesn’t support a border-wall, and said he wants to be more inclusive of undocumented people.
He also said he would deport all people who are in the United States illegally.
The Democrats have a huge problem with young voters and independents.
It’s a huge issue and the Dems need to take a hard look at it, Pollock said.
Democrats are also vulnerable with young adults.
The party is struggling to build an electorate with millennials and it’s a challenge for them to compete with the Republicans on the left, Pollocks said.
Democrats need more of a strategy around the economy, he said.
But the party also must focus on getting people back to work and protecting the middle class.
The Democrats have made good on that promise.
A CNN/ORC International poll released earlier this year showed Clinton and Trump tied among likely voters.
But by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans said they preferred Trump to Clinton, and most Republicans said Trump had the better chance of defeating her in 2020.
Trump won the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in part because he didn’t run as a Democrat, but he also had the support of many of the voters who chose him as their first choice.
Polls have shown that the Trump voters are more liberal than the Democratic voters, but the Democratic Party has failed to win the support or votes of the GOP’s younger voters, many of whom were attracted to Trump by his business-focused message and policies.
The Republican Party also lost a