FiveThirtyEight and ABC News have launched a new collaborative effort to keep tabs on the 2020 presidential election field as it develops. Each week, they’ll "run through what the potential candidates are up to — who’s getting closer to officially jumping in the ring and who’s getting further away." Here's the first volume.
There were no new entrants into the Democratic primary field this week, but several potential 2020 hopefuls stepped into the spotlight to criticize President Trump’s proposed border wall and to call for votes on funding bills that would end the partial government shutdown that is now in its 21st day.
Democratic leaders advocated for an end to the impasse as quickly as possible, arguing that the border wall was an expensive and unnecessary solution to an exaggerated problem and one that could be negotiated at a later time without paralyzing the government. Most of the public, meanwhile, placed responsibility for the shutdown on Trump’s shoulders, according to recent polls, providing fodder for eventual stump speeches.