CNN’s Harry Enten: Warren’s 2018 Performance Shows She’s a ‘Below-Par Candidate’
In an analysis of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announcing she is forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run, CNN’s Harry Enten said her performance during the 2018 midterms is a good indicator to how she could perform in 2020.
“The fact is Massachusetts is a very blue state,” Enten explained. “Hillary Clinton won there by 27 points, Liz Warren only won there by 24. And keep in mind that 2018 was a much better year for Democrats nationwide, so the fact that Liz Warren did worse than Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts suggests that perhaps she is a below-par candidate.”
CNN then showed a poll they had conducted were she ranked seven out of ten among other Democrats who could potentially run for president in 2020.
Pointing to how presidential candidates perform well in polls in their home state, Enten said that is not the case for Warren.
“But in Massachusetts, Liz Warren, when matched up against her opponents in a potential Democratic primary, she’s actually polling third or fourth behind Biden and Sanders, which suggests something’s quite wrong,” he said.
A Boston Globe editorial from early December said Warren had missed her chance to have a successful run for president:
Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020. While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there’s a ceiling on her popularity; Baker garnered more votes than she did in a state that is supposed to be a Democratic haven. Meanwhile, a September poll indicated that Massachusetts voters were more enthusiastic about Patrick making a White House bid than Warren.
“Those are warning signs from the voters who know her best. While Warren is an effective and impactful senator with an important voice nationally, she has become a divisive figure,” they added.
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