SOUTH BEND, INDIANA — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg formally launched his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
With a rapid rise in opinion polls and lots of media attention– the 37-year-old went from being a relatively unknown midwestern politician to a top contender for the 2020 Democratic race.
A recent Emerson poll of Democratic primary voters shows.
Mayor Pete is now in third place, with 9% votes.
Joe Biden, who has not even formally joined the race yet, is second with 24% — while Senator Bernie Sanders leads the Democratic pack with 29%.
A former Rhodes scholar, a U.S. Navy reservist who served in Afghanistan, a mayor for 8 years and a devout Christian who is openly gay, supporters say Buttigieg has the kind of background that could appeal not just to moderates and progressives in the Democratic party, but to moderate Republicans as well.
Meanwhile, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell officially jumped into the Democratic primary race for president on Sunday as well.
At 38, the third-term congressman from the San Francisco Bay Area is running on gun violence and student debt.
In New Jersey, the 49-year-old former mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, kicked off his “justice for all” multi-state campaign tour in his adopted hometown — where he became mayor from 2006 to 2013 before winning Senate seat in 2013.
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) member Rob Rackmil says he met with Senator Booker’s aides in Washington DC to ask the presidential hopeful to look into the human rights abuses in the country.
With a Democratic White House race that continues to become more crowded, the competition for the Democratic presidential nominee is becoming more intense.
One thing is clear – the survival of the fittest-to-be-president is on, and it’s just a matter of time to weed out this crowded field.