[Ed. – If accurate, field still tilting toward old white men.]
1. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
Harris has had by far the best launch of any candidate.
Her speech declaring her candidacy was delivered powerfully before a large and appreciative crowd in Oakland. Her appearances in early states have been well-received, as have her initial round of media interview. More generally, she has effectively presented herself as a fresh and charismatic presence. …
2. Former Vice President Joe Biden
For all the excitement around Harris, it is the former vice president who still heads every significant nationwide poll of Democratic voters.
In an Emerson poll released on Saturday, he was 10 points ahead of his closest rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), with Harris third, a further 2 points behind. A Morning Consult poll earlier last week put Biden 7 points clear of Sanders and 16 points ahead of Harris. …
3. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sanders entered the race early Tuesday, following weekend reports that he had recorded a video announcing his candidacy.
Sanders will clearly be a top-flight contender. Polls generally put him second, behind Biden.