The fall brings about a new season of politics for the upcoming primaries, which is debating and fundraising. With a large Democratic pack — which in a lot of ways mirrors the Republican candidates of the 2016 primaries — people are starting to get really nervous that this could be slipping away as we speak.
That concern is valid, and the emotions and tension that resides within the political system — specifically the two- party system — is also valid. But it’s not over for the Democrats, and here’s why.
Primary season has just begun. It may not feel that way with two debates already out of the way and numerous rallies for several presidential hopefuls. But all of that is very typical.
Certainly, while both parties are in periods of political realignment, there is going to be a lot of stirring the voter base, which is something that happens every time there is a highly contentious and contested presidential race. Believe it or not, this is a good thing.
Democrats have widened their pool of applicants in order to find the best one. This gives the American people every opportunity to vote for and nominate the person they feel is truly a good fit to run this country. Some say limited choices in candidates was the downfall in 2016, and the Republicans did it right that time.
But, is this not a little late for some of these people to be dropping out?
Well, a surefire way to blow an election is to not nominate someone soon enough, and lose the voter base from the losing primary candidate. But with all the chaos that is the primary, it is still very early until that needs to happen. For reference, we could use the 2016 election as an example.
At the highest point — by the end of August 2015 — there were 19 Republican candidates. At the beginning of January 2016, there were still 11 Republican presidential hopefuls, and just four months later, by the end of May, there was one. This is the period in which caucuses and primary elections begin and candidates begin collecting electoral delegates.
As of now, there are exactly 20 Democrats running for president. So the numbers are not far off.
This is not to say there are not issues within the Democratic party that need to be resolved, and obvious candidates that are either underqualified or have no chance of raising the money necessary to win a general election. A lot of candidates may be running for facial recognition for elections to come, or even vying for a spot on the bottom of the Democratic ticket.
There are some that argue certain candidates’ sole purpose of running is to drive the policy conversation, and keep the debates clean and focused on the issues instead of the candidates themselves.
I’m not saying the Democrats have this in the bag by any means, but based on the timeline between now and November 2020, everything is happening in due time. The DNC, as well as the RNC, have experts and consultants with decades of experience to know when and how the candidate pool needs to evolve.
It is important as young voters to stay focused on the goal of finding the most qualified and best-suited candidate, regardless of party affiliation.
Use credible news sources, do not let your friends or family insist on changing your opinion to suit them, and, as always, register to vote for the upcoming election season!