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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 23 August 2019 - 02:28 AM

'No Time Like Labor Day': Democrats Urge No-Hoper 2020 Candidates To Quit

Washington Examiner
by Emily Larsen
August 22, 2019 05:52 PM


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the third Democratic presidential candidate to exit the crowded 2020 field, had good reason to do so now. Inslee is planning to run for reelection in Washington, seeking a third term in 2020.

Five days before Inslee's announced departure on Wednesday, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper quit the race with a similar imperative. Going nowhere on the national scene, Hickenlooper on Thursday announced he's running for Senate in Colorado, where incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner is among the most endangered Republicans.

And when Rep. Eric Swalwell of California quit the presidential scrum on July 8, he needed to focus on his Bay Area district instead. Due to the Golden State's "top two" election rules, another Democrat could make a serious run for his House seat, and staying in the presidential race wouldn't likely help nail down support back home.

ut while the trio who dropped out faced pressure to prepare for other campaigns, lack of filing deadlines or other similar political pressures frees their low-performing former presidential rivals to stay in for awhile.

“If you’re not an officeholder or not on the ballot in 2020, you have a little more time. But the costs outweigh the benefit the longer you stay in the race,” Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh told the Washington Examiner.

Inslee would have needed 2% support in four qualifying polls by Aug. 28 to make the September debate stage, and had none. In an email to supporters on Wednesday, Inslee said that he would not make the debate. “I don’t believe we can compete for the attention and exposure needed to have a reasonable shot at the nomination,” the email said.

The governor was further ahead, however, than other candidates in meeting the other metrics for inclusion in the fall Democratic presidential primary debates. He said on Monday that he surpassed 130,000 individual donors, a mark that candidates including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have not yet met.

Democratic strategist Joe Trippi told the Washington Examiner that among the candidates polling at about 1%, those who want to seek reelection or other office face pressure to prepare for those campaigns. Filing deadlines for those races are at the forefront of their minds when knowing when to quit the presidential race, he said.

“You can't pull out five days before the filing deadline,” said Trippi, whose vast Democratic campaign experience includes managing former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's insurgent bid for the 2004 nomination.

Making a quick pivot back to a state or local race takes tact and skill, Marsh said.


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 04:21 AM

All sorts of mentions for Jay Inslee, John Hackysacker, and even Eric Swallowswell, but not a word in tribute to Foxy Grandma?

Foxy Grandma, your chi, your prana, your love beads and ben wah balls for the soul will all be missed. Once you are gone, the body politic will be the poorer for being deprived of the chakras you brought to it. Stay foxy, grandma, even if (and likely because) you are crazy as a bedbug. :rose:

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