In a poll that surprised us a little, Harvard-Harris found this week that if Hillary Clinton were to change her mind and jump into the 2020 Democratic primaries, she would immediately shoot to the top of the field.
We’re not sure if that says more about Clinton’s enduring popularity among Democrats or about the stunning weakness of the current frontrunners, but we’re sure it’s giving ClintonWorld something to chew on as we roll into the new year. One could argue that it’s far too late for Hillary to jump in, seeing as how many states have already closed their primary rolls, but if she sees a clear path to victory, can she really resist?
As recently as last month, Clinton told the BBC that while she does not intend to enter the race, “I never say never to anything.”
“I will certainly tell you,” she continued, “I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
Many observers noted that this was far from a definitive “no.”
And with these results from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, we’re sure that “enormous pressure” Clinton is under will only grow:
Harvard-Harris, top 5 current 2020 field among Democratic voters:
- Biden 29
- Sanders 16
- Warren 13
- Buttigieg 8
- Bloomberg 7
If Hillary Clinton and John Kerry get in race?
- Clinton 21
- Biden 20
- Sanders 12
- Warren 9
- Buttigieg & Kerry
In a New York Post column a few days ago, Maureen Callahan said there was one big hint that Clinton may have changed her mind about jumping into the race.
“The strongest indicator yet that Hillary’s mulling a 2020 run? She appeared Wednesday, for the first time ever, on Howard Stern,” Callahan wrote. “As those who listen to the show know, Stern publicly begged Hillary to appear during the 2016 campaign. After Donald Trump won, Stern said one guest shot could have moved the needle her way.”
Was Hillary just shilling her book and checking a box on her bucket list by going on the Howard Stern Show? Or was she correcting a perceived mistake from the 2016 election in preparation for one more run at the White House?
This already-strange election season may get much stranger before it’s all said and done.