2020 elections
December 18, 2019

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the last New England Republican in Congress, announced Wednesday morning that she is running for a fifth six-year term.

Collins did not mention in her announcement that the House will impeach President Trump later Wednesday, though however she votes when Trump goes on trial in the Senate is sure to alienate some large chunk of her constituents. Collins instead pitched her re-election as a bid to keep her "bipartisan commonsense approach" in a bitterly divided Washington.

"The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: In today's polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship?" Collins said. "I have concluded that the answer to this question is 'yes.'" Voters will get to either ratify or reject that choice next November, in what's expected to be the most expensive race in Maine history.

Collins has $8.6 million in the bank, but her top Democratic challenger, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, raised $1 million more than Collins in the most recent cycle. The winner of the Democratic primary — activist Betsy Sweet, lawyer Bre Kidman and former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse are also running to challenge Collins — will also get a pot of more million $4 million crowdsourced from donors in reaction to Collins' vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanauagh and pass Trump's tax law. Peter Weber

August 22, 2019

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced Thursday morning that he will run for Senate, exactly a week after he dropped out of the crowded Democratic presidential race. "I've always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done — but this is no time to walk away from the table," he said in a video message. "I'm not done fighting for the people of Colorado." Hickenlooper will be the 12th Democrat lining up to unseat Sen. Cory Gardner (R), considered one of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents, and he is expected to enter the race in the top tier. A poll this week found him 13 points ahead of Gardner in a hypothetical matchup. Peter Weber

July 4, 2019

Clinching the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination might be harder than former Vice President Joe Biden thought. His first debate performance was lackluster, and recent polls show his Democratic rivals are closing in on his lead. So, he's adjusting his strategies.

Bloomberg reports that "after spending the first two months of his campaign focused on attacking President Donald Trump, the former vice president turned his attention to rivals in his own party."

Biden likely wants to highlight his own moderate positions in contrast to a field of far-left candidates, and he's starting with a hot-button issue: health care. In campaign events in Iowa this week, he defended ObamaCare and said "we can't start over" with a whole new health-care system, like Medicare-for-all, which many of his closest rivals favor.

Biden hasn't outlined his full plan yet, but "he would favor a hybrid public-private system that could help the uninsured get coverage," Bloomberg reports. On Thursday, Biden elaborated slightly:

A Morning Consult/Politico survey this week found that 55 percent of all voters support a Medicare-for-all system that reduces the role of private insurers — so long as they get to keep their preferred providers. Among Democrats, the approval was at 78 percent. Jessica Hullinger

March 22, 2019

The mayor of San Juan who outspokenly criticized the Trump administration's response to a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico announced she will run for governor in 2020.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz announced her bid on Friday, telling an audience in Puerto Rico it is time to "break away from the chains that tie us down in order to have a promising future and break our cycle of poverty," reports NBC News.

Cruz rose to national prominence after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017. When President Trump called the response to the hurricane "incredible," Cruz responded by saying "Where have you been?" and lambasting the Trump administration's slow response to supplying emergency aid. Trump has criticized Cruz for being "nasty" and reflecting "poor" leadership.

She hasn't only criticized Trump, though — in her announcement, she also criticized current Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who she said "was unable to count deaths after Hurricane Maria" and "stood by Trump when he threw paper towels at people."

Cruz is running as a member of the Popular Democratic Party, which opposes statehood for Puerto Rico, per NBC News. Marianne Dodson

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