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Half of Democrats Would Prefer a 50-Something Candidate

47%

When asked about the ideal age for a president, a new Pew Research poll finds most Democrats say they prefer someone in their 40s through their 60s, with 47% saying the best age for a president is “in their 50s.”

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Obama Is More Popular than Jesus

“Barack Obama is literally more popular than Jesus among Democrats. Unfortunately, neither the former president nor any of the party’s 23 candidates currently seeking the 2020 nomination know quite what to do with that information.”

The Atlantic

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Buttigieg Hijacks Trump’s Propaganda Machine

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Presidential hopeful South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg used his town hall on Fox News Sunday as a progressive bully pulpit to label the president’s behavior “grotesque” and to call out Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham as the Trump toadies they are.

Whether you think Democratic primary candidates appearing on Fox is folly or not, Mayor Pete used his opportunity to rankle the right-wingers — and got a standing ovation from the New Hampshire audience at the end.

Read it: “Fox News Welcomes Pete Buttigieg. Trump and ‘Fox & Friends’ Aren’t Pleased.

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Biden” No Risk, But Little Satisfaction

“After watching the Biden campaign thus far and Philly rally yesterday, my takeaway is that his candidacy is like one of those ‘casual’ nice restaurants that you go to b/c they have a big menu and everyone in your group can find something they’ll eat. … No one is unhappy (look, honey they have grilled cheese for the kids and I can get a salad), but no one walks away thinking that was an amazing meal or experience. It’s not risky, but it’s also not totally satisfying either.”

Amy Walter

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Nationally, Biden Polls at 35 Percent

35%

A new Fox News poll finds Joe Biden leading the Democratic presidential race nationally with 35%, followed by Bernie Sanders at 17%, Elizabeth Warren at 9%, Pete Buttigieg at 6% and Kamala Harris at 5%. They are followed by Beto O’Rouke at 4%, Cory Booker at 3%, Amy Klobuchar at 2% and Julian Castro at 2%. Everyone else is at 1% or less.

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Conservative Filmmaker Seeks to Disrupt Democratic Debates

65,000

Conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz announced that he is running for president as a Democrat in an attempt to disrupt the party’s nominating process. He’s seeking 65,000 donors, even at $1 apiece, so that he can be onstage at next month’s first Democratic debate.

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Age Appears to Be a Factor for Dems

54%

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that 54% of all Democrats said they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate over 70 years old while more than a third said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate younger than 40. About a quarter of all Democrats said a White House candidate’s age did not matter.

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Biden Opens Wide Lead Based on Perceived ‘Electability’

38%

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Joe Biden way ahead in the Democratic presidential race with 38%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 12%, Bernie Sanders at 11%, Pete Buttigieg at 10%, Kamala Harris at 8% and Beto O’Rouke at 5%. Key finding: 56% say Biden has the best chance to beat President Donald Trump, followed by Sanders at 12%.

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More than Half of Democrat or Dem-Leaning Voters Have Decided on a Candidate

54%

“After four months of campaigning, the Democratic presidential race remains wide open, with the bulk of the electorate still uncommitted,” according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. “Asked to name the candidate they currently support, 54% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents did not volunteer anyone. That figure is little changed from 56% in January, despite a slew of candidate announcements, vigorous campaigning in the early primary and caucus states, multiple cable television town halls and interviews and constant fundraising appeals.”

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Science Says Too Many Democrat Candidates Will Spoil the Election

“It might seem like a good thing to have a cereal aisle’s worth of candidates to choose from, but behavioral science predicts that too many options will, counterintuitively, result in lower satisfaction among Democratic voters—and possibly lead to lower enthusiasm and lower turnout. … An abundance of marginal candidates will make it harder for Democratic primary voters to comfortably evaluate the candidates with realistic chances of winning—and paradoxically that will reduce enthusiasm for the party’s eventual nominee.”

Lilly Kofler