Latest debate confirms there is no Democratic presidential frontrunner

Latest debate confirms there is no Democratic presidential frontrunner
Debate stage Wednesday (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Shorter Vox writer: The Democrats have no candidate.]

The top tier of the 2020 presidential race is incredibly fluid, and Wednesday night’s Democratic debate likely won’t change things much.

The four-person top tier of a large presidential field has been set for the past month: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. But in this tier, there’s no one in a clear position tosnag the nomination— and there hasn’t been for a while, especially in key early states.

“I haven’t seen a leader statistically in really any of the polls,” University of New Hampshire political science professor and pollster Andy Smith told Vox. …

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During the debate, each of these candidates answered questions playing to their strengths; Warren landed a punch with an exchange on her wealth tax, Biden talked about foreign policy and the lack of civility in America. …

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