Ranking Democratic contenders

As New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner vows to take the steps necessary to ensure the Granite State’s presidential primary maintains its importance and first-in-the-nation status, we acknowledge that voters in other states will join Granite Staters in determining the 2020 nominees for both the Democratic and Republican parties.

As rumblings continue about potential Republican challengers for President Donald Trump in 2020, there are currently as many as 40 Democrats jockeying for position.

Below, we will list our top 3 Democratic contenders as of this publication. Because it is still so early, we are not assured they will all run. Our list assumes they are running. Future rankings will depend on moves the candidates make, polls and simple intuition.

Of course, all of this could be for not if 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton decides to run again. These rankings assume the former first lady/U.S. senator/secretary of state will not run in 2020.

1. Kamala Harris of California – Harris, 54, seems to have plenty in her favor when it comes to impressing Democratic primary voters: she is female, African-American, very liberal, an attorney, and from California. She seems to be the embodiment of the modern Democratic Party. Considering that her home state will play such a pivotal in determining the 2020 nominee, the first-term U.S. senator looks like a very strong candidate.

2. Beto O’Rourke of Texas – The 46-year-old soon-to-be former member of Congress drew huge and enthusiastic crowds to his rallies throughout Texas during his ultimately unsuccessful campaign to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. Widely known for his appeal to female voters, O’Rourke is being pushed to take take the campaign nationwide.

3. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – Some Democratic pollsters see Warren, 69, as the candidate who can unite two of the party’s three main factions: economic populists and feminists. Warren won’t have far to travel to campaign in New Hampshire.

Those who are unranked should have no fear, as they have plenty of time to make their mark.