Hey fellow political junkies! The 2020 Presidential season begins in earnest right now. The 2020 Iowa Presidential Caucus is under 14 months away. On (or before) February 3, 2020, Democratic and Republican Iowans will gather in living rooms, churches, and college auditoriums to being selecting delegates for Presidential Nominating Conventions.
Just when you thought things could slow down in the election predictions business, here are some of my way too early predictions about the 2020 presidential race.
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1. President Trump will gain at one serious Republican opponent by that time for the Republican Presidential Nomination. This candidate might be one of the following well known Republican politicians, or someone else. This candidate will do better in Iowa then expected, and will have momentum going into the important New Hampshire Primary scheduled shortly after Iowa.
- Utah Senator and 2012 Republican Nominee Mitt Romney
- Arizona Senator Jeff Flake*
- Ohio Governor John Kasich*
- Tennessee Senator Bob Corker*
- Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse
- Businessman and Billionaire Mark Cuban
- Cindy McCain, Widow of John McCain (note- she may run just to get on Trump's nerves)
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2. The Democratic Party will see a the emergence of a highly charismatic and energetic politician under the age of 50 quickly move to a central postion for the presidential nomination. Some possible candidates, with current age in parenthesis, include:
- Texas Congressman and Senatorial Candidate Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (46) *
- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (49) (note: Booker will be past 50 in 2020 but he is under 50 right now and makes the cut for this list)
- California Congressman Eric Swalwell (37)
- Former HUD Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (44) (note: his twin brother, Joaquín, is a Congressman from Texas)
- Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles (47)
- Pete Buttegieg, Mayor, South Bend Indiana (36) (note: will make waves as first serious LGBT major party candidate if he runs)
- Gina Raimondo, Governor, Rhode Island (47) (note: Governor Raimondo is the only female on this list because of age; other female candidates such as Senators Harris and Warren are not mentioned here because they are past 50 and are currently considered front runners).
*Note: Will leave office in 2019