US: ‘This could be me’. Women rival male candidates in early 2020 presidential field

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US: ‘This could be me’. Women rival male candidates in early 2020 presidential field

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Although the 2020 presidential cycle remains in its initial stages, the race for the White House is expected to draw an historic number of women candidates — with many already having taken steps towards running and others rumored to be considering campaigns.

As of the end of January, women accounted for half of the expected 2020 Democratic field, or four out of the eight major party candidates who had formally announced campaigns or launched presidential exploratory committees.

They included: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York; and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California.

By contrast, just three women ran in the entire 2016 presidential cycle: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat who became the first woman to win a major party’s nomination; Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina; and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.

A ninth Democrat, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, announced his candidacy Friday morning.

Warren became the first woman to signal she would pursue a 2020 White House run, announcing on Dec. 31 that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee.

Click here to read the full article published by Mass Live on 1 February 2019.

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