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Thu Dec 27, 2018, 11:59 PM

So. Carolina is poised to be a big player in determining the 2020 Democratic presidential contender

With the Palmetto State's primary set to be in February 2020 before March Super Tuesday primaries across the country, South Carolina will be the first early state where candidates will face off among a diverse blend of voters. Iowa and New Hampshire, the mostly white states that kick off the presidential process, don't have the diversity that characterizes South Carolina and most of the rest of the nation.

South Carolina is also historically more conservative than other states, which could be a good thing for the process, even for Democrats, as I related earlier in the week to an Australian journalist who called to chat about the election.

There will be all flavors of Democratic leaders running for president, from liberals like Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders (who actually isn't a Democrat) to more mainstream leaders, possibly including former Vice President Joe Biden. Just as Republicans had more than a dozen candidates in 2016, Democrats in 2020 will have a panoply from which voters can choose, potentially including big names like Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kristin Gillibrand of New York and Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Also mentioned have been everyone from Oprah Winfrey to two former mayors: Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans and Michael Bloomberg of New York.

But the ideal candidate, I suggested to the national reporter, would be someone who was not the "I am not Donald Trump" candidate, meaning that the best candidate likely would be someone who didn't run on being against everything Trump is as president.

Read more: https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/south-carolina-is-poised-to-be-a-big-player-in-determining-the-2020-democratic-presidential-contender/Content?oid=25874294

Note: The phrase "Bernie Sanders (who actually isn't a Democrat)" is a statement made by the author of the editorial.

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