DemDaily: And Then There Were Nineteen

November 19, 2019

With less than three months to go before the Iowa caucuses, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has entered the race, bringing to a total nineteen contenders in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The 2020 Democratic Contenders: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Deval Patrick, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Wayne Messam, Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke dropped out November 1st.

Patrick's entry into the contest comes just days after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed to be on the ballot in the Alabama presidential primary as a new contender.

Raised largely by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick earned a scholarship to prep school Milton Academy in Massachusetts in the eighth grade.

He went on to attend Harvard College and Law School, then worked as a law clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Patrick practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund before joining the Boston law firm of Hill and Barlow, where he was named a partner at age 34.

Deval Patrick 2020 Website/Click (pic: Charles Krupa/AP)

From 1994-1997 Patrick served as the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice under President Bill Clinton.

In 1997 he was appointed by a federal district court to serve as Chairman of Texaco's Equality and Fairness Task Force to implement the terms of a race discrimination settlement. He was subsequently offered a position as General Counsel of Texaco, overseeing the company's 2000 merger with Chevron.

In 2001, Patrick became the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company, and from 2004 to 2006, he served on the board of directors of ACC Capital Holdings.

In 2006, Patrick became the first African American elected Governor of Massachusetts, succeeding Mitt Romney, who chose not to run for reelection. Patrick was re-elected in 2010.

Patrick is a managing director at Bain Capital and serves as the Chairman of the Board for Our Generation Speaks, which brings together young Israeli and Palestinian leaders through entrepreneurship.

"I am placing my faith in the people who feel left out and left back, who just want a shot at a better future. Not built by somebody better than you, not built for you, but built with you." -- Deval Patrick 

Patrick was expected to be an early contender in the race, but deferred because of his wife Diane's diagnosis of uterine cancer a year ago. She is now cancer-free.

Deval Patrick announces candidacy (Click)

A longtime ally and friend of President Barack Obama's, Patrick was expected to inherit some of his operation, had he run earlier. Instead, he now faces building an entire fundraising and campaign operation going into the start of the presidential primary calendar.

He may be counting on geography to provide his first boost -- as New Hampshire, which holds the first primary, is adjacent to Massachusetts, where he served as a popular Governor.

Another early opportunity is presented in South Carolina, the fourth state to vote, and where a majority of primary voters are expected to be African American. At present, former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have a stronghold on that part of the electorate.

Then there is the chance that he is positioning himself as a Vice Presidential possibility in the "Veepstakes" that have yet to commence.

The Fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate will be held this Wednesday, November 20th, at 9:00pm ET at the Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. The event is co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post and moderated by Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker.
Ten candidates have met the qualifications of meeting 3% in four national polls or at least 5% in two early-state polls. Contenders must also receive contributions from at least 165,000 individual donors and a minimum of 600 unique donors in at least 20 states.

Latest Standings

RealClearPolitics average of four major national polls, conducted between October 30-November 17, 2019 shows Joe Biden leading with 27%, followed by Elizabeth Warren (20.8%), Bernie Sanders (18.8%), Pete Buttigieg (8.3%) and Kamala Harris (4.8%). The rest of the candidates were at 3% or below.

A November 6-13, 2019 CBSYouGov poll of New Hampshire Caucusgoers shows Warren leading with 31% to Biden (22%), Sanders (20%) and Buttigieg (16%).

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