Sanders and O’Rourke Are Way Ahead in Race for Small-Dollar Donors.

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    • #22629
      Land of Enchantment
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      Senator Bernie Sanders would begin a 2020 presidential bid with 2.1 million online donors, a massive lead among low-dollar contributors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined. 

      “The people who have a strong base right now have a material head start,” said Teddy Goff, who served as a top digital strategist for the campaigns of President Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. “And more often than not, there is a good reason they have that base, and it’s that they have a talent for connecting with the grass roots of our party.”

      For Mr. Sanders and Mr. O’Rourke, the enormous early edge in their donor rolls has afforded them the flexibility to wait longer before deciding to jump in, and has sparked a sense of urgency in other campaigns. Both men have signaled they would rely overwhelmingly on small donors to fuel any campaign. 

      To get a sense of scale, if Mr. Sanders’s 2.1 million donors constituted a city, the closest approximation would be to Houston, the country’s fourth-largest by population. For Mr. O’Rourke, it would be Seattle (742,000). For Ms. Warren, Honolulu (343,000). Ms. Gillibrand would be Toledo, Ohio (271,000). Ms. Harris would be Winston-Salem, N.C. (239,000).

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/09/us/politics/2020-democrats-campaign-funding.html.

       

      “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

    • #22640
      N2Doc
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      Truth is, it is Bernie and the also-rans. He has 3x the number of Beto….And I suspect when he officially announces it will go to 10-20x….

       

    • #22646
      Land of Enchantment
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      Yes! I think his base has only grown over the past two years—he will start out a the clear leader with a yuge base…

      “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

    • #22658
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      I think O’Rourke’s balloon is likely to deflate as progressives become more aware of his actual voting record.

      • #22661
        Land of Enchantment
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        Agreed–he has hopped aboard the progressive train in the same pablum manner as the others…hoping it will become obvious when we get some debates going…

        “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

        • #22667
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          It is being said that the reason he lost to Senator Cruz is because he did not support real Medicare, for all Texans and Americans.  In other words Texans are still waiting for real improved and expanded healthcare.  Republican Governor Greg Abbott refused to set up a state Market Place under ACA and refused to allow Expanded Medicaid granted through ACA.  O’Rourke brought no legislation in the House of Representatives to make for universal affordable healthcare.  If O’Rourke had have been on board with House Bill 676, he would have beaten Cruz, in my opinion.

          Progressives running against O’Rourke, lets say for Governor, could overcome him in a primary over his nonsupport of real universal comprehensive Medicare for all Americans.  That Progressive candidate instead of O’Rourke, could be running against R-Senator Cornyn in the 2020 General Election.  Texas New Democrats may need to step aside for Progressives if they want the state to be blue, it seems to be purple for now.  Cornyn is scared as he promoted Trump’s first shutdown and the wall.  Most Texans know that there is no crisis at the border.

          2020 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.

          • #22689
            Land of Enchantment
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            That is interesting. It sounds like Beto managed to blow his own campaign against Cruz. I have a good friend in San Marcos who agrees with you—but she heard that Cornyn is not going to run for re-election in 2020—you probably have better sources.

            Southern NM has been a red district in the US House of Representatives since the 80’s but a Democrat (a woman) won the seat last fall. The rest of us here in NM refer to it as “Little Texas” as that is where most of the inhabitants came from. They also know the whole wall is complete BS. I’m sure you have heard of the US Rep from El Paso correcting Trump’s lies about how dangerous El Paso was until HE came along! Hilarious if it wasn’t so freaking sad.

             

            “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

    • #22692
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      This is an incredibly important advantage Bernie already has, and it will grow at least geometrically after he announces for awhile. Majorities of the American people agree with him on all major issues.

      This is why he will be the clear frontrunner when he does announce, no matter what the corporate media says, as they are paid by their fearful employers to create the fake news that it just ain’t so.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower

    • #22723
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      Bobby O’Rourke lacks public office and is thus denied a public platform, and the appearance of gravitas that an office can lend. And he lost to Tend Cruz, while outspending him two to one, just like Clinton lost to Trump.

      He even lacks the claim of having clean hands because he’s an outsider. He’s been an insider, and he didn’t keep his hands as clean as a lot of primary voters would like.

      And he lost to Tend Cruz, while outspending him two to one, just like Clinton lost to Trump.

      When contrasted to Trump he looks fine, when contrasted to Sanders, his lack of credibility becomes glaring. Sanders has an excellent record of walking the walk that ensures confidence in the primary voter that they’ll get what they’re promised, while O’Rourke represents the kind of leap of faith that was extended to Obama.

      And he lost to Tend Cruz, while outspending him two to one, just like Clinton lost to Trump.

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