|February 25, 2020: Seven Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday night. Mike Bloomberg has spent more than $500 million on his presidential campaign.
“The 2016 Republican and 2020 Democratic primaries have been different. In both instances, the field emerging from Nevada has been roughly the size of a typical Iowa field. The field will likely narrow further after South Carolina, but there is a reasonable chance we will have four or five serious Democrats competing on Super Tuesday.
These sorts of fields are fertile soil for factional candidates to use their basic level of support to take root in the primary field. Trump probably started out with the firm support of around 20-25% of the Republican Party. But because the other votes were spread out over multiple candidates, that 20-25% produced strong showings in early states. Once the candidate wins the early races, it allows him to take hold as a legitimate candidate and then proceed to broaden his appeal.
That’s what happened in 2016, and it’s what is happening in 2020.”
– Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
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Flashback: February 25, 2016
Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump participated in the tenth Republican primary debate in Houston, Texas.
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