Could Pete Buttigieg win the Democrats’ nomination for 2020?
The long process of selecting the Democrats’ candidate for the 2020 US Presidential election continues, but we are slowly getting towards the business end of things.
This was the seventh debate in the process, and there’s only three weeks until the remaining candidates face their first test at the ballot box.
Whether or not you get a vote in the US elections, it’s hard not to have a soft spot for Pete Buttigieg – the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Mayor Pete wants to be President, and if he’s successful he would be the first gay President of the United States.
Who is Pete Buttigieg?
Buttigieg has been the Mayor of the city of South Bend in Indiana since 2012. He’s 37 years old (turning 38 on 19 January), a graduate from Harvard, a Rhodes Scholar, and a military veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Buttigieg is married – he and his husband Chasten Glezman were married in 2018.
Can he win?
When he first announced his intention to contest the nomination, Buttigieg was seen as a long-shot. He’s up against experienced politicians, with high profiles and the ability to raise significant financial backing. But, as we continue to move through the extended selection process to become the Democratic Party’s nominee, Buttigieg has emerged as one of the leading contenders.
Latest polling generally puts Buttigieg in the top four – alongside big-hitter candidates Warren, Biden, and Sanders.
Buttigieg has a strong profile within the Democratic party – a profile that he enhanced when he ran for the chair of the party in 2017, withdrawing before the final vote.
Buttigieg represents generational change in US politics. He represents mid-west voters. He connects with the day-to-day issues of the electorate in a way that feels authentic.
He’s also proving himself to be tactical and a strategic politician – he’s been moving his policy positions to a more centrist outlook, demonstrating his appeal as potentially the most electable candidate to represent the Democrats.
How’s his Gaydar?
Buttigieg has confessed that he has a bad ‘gaydar’.
The Advocate reports that Buttigieg has said that – “My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time…” Buttigieg was responding to speculation as to whether James Buchanan – President of the US from 1857-1861 – was actually the first gay President.
When people refer to their ‘gaydar’ they’re talking about a sixth-sense that supposedly helps to determine whether a guy is queer or not.
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How did Mayor Pete perform in the seventh debate?
Much of the focus of this debate was on the rising tensions between Warren and Sanders – seen as the most liberal candidates in the field.
That’s probably good news for Mayor Pete – after a surge in polls he’s seen some softening in his poll numbers in recent weeks.
What’s interesting is that polling is showing that there’s a huge number of Democrat voters who are undecided and have yet to commit to a candidate. The big question is going to be which of the candidates can play a trump card or land a killer blow – or whatever metaphor you want to use – to demonstrate to voters that they are the candidate who can become the next US President.
Pete Buttigieg is still very much in the race.
Why is Iowa important?
The primary season begins on 3 February with the Iowa caucuses, when the Democratic voters in this state will pick who they want to take on Donald Trump in November.
That’s the first ballot box test for the candidates and analysts will be looking at how the results in Iowa match up with polling numbers.
The early primaries are important for candidates to build and maintain momentum. Weak performances in the early primaries is likely to spell the end of the road for candidates who are not consistently finishing in the top three.