As U.S. citizens reflect on the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency and politicians gear up for midterm elections, the 2020 presidential election seems out of sight. However, some familiar non-political faces seem to be strategically laying groundwork for their potential bids. Mark Zuckerburg hired Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist from her 2016 campaign and he is touring all 50 states to educate himself on what ails people around the country. On the other hand, after becoming a special contributor on “60 Minutes”, Oprah Winfrey appeared on the shows 50th Anniversary in a segment called “Divided”. Winfrey led a panel of 14 Americans, half of which voted for Trump, in a discussion on a myriad of political topics from Russia to Charlottesville. Some political commentators like John Podhoretz wrote about Oprah Winfrey after her “60 minutes” debut calling her the “Democrats’ best hope for 2020”.
Oprah seems to have tweeted about a possible Presidential run, but her publicist has denied that she will run for office.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 28, 2017
However, potential candidates have been known to change their minds, like when Hillary Clinton said she would not run again in 2012.
CB Polling conducted an online Google Consumer Survey of residents in the Midwest from October 25th to October 28th. Among those 1014 surveyed, 494 declared their intention to vote in the hypothetical 2020 Presidential election. 53% of respondents indicated they would vote for Oprah Winfrey (D), while 47% indicated that would vote for Donald Trump (R) in 2020.
The disillusionment with the establishment of both political parties created an opportunity for Donald Trump in 2016. Will Democrats recruit an outsider to re-unite the “Obama Coalition” and take power from Republicans in 2020?
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