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Peter Doocy reports from Los Angeles with a recap of the night’s biggest moments on the debate stage.
To go with less than six weeks until the Iowa Caucasus will kick off the presidential nominating calendar, there is no clear front-runner in the Democratic race.
And that is, fueling speculation that America could see something not witnessed in more than half a century – a Convention that goes beyond a first ballot, known in the history books as a brokered or contested Convention.
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“It could happen,” said the Democratic National Committee ‘ s Kathy Sullivan.
The long-standing DNC rules Committee member from New Hampshire, added that “it would be exciting to see it go past the first ballot, because it is so unusual.”
For now, your assessment of the probability falls in the alley possible, but not likely. “It was a long, long, long time since there was a second ballot to a Democratic Convention,” Sullivan said.
In fact, the last time either of the major party nominating conventions in 1952 went past a first ballot, as Adlai Stevenson, the democratic nomination won in the third ballot.
But this time around, a number of conditions could result in no candidate a clear majority of the delegates heading into the July holds Democratic convention in Milwaukee. This could trigger a sexy scenario in the so-called “superdelegates” — party elders and insiders have been recently ousted from power in the 2016 primary battle-would be activated, and to increase free to the candidates of their choice against the nomination.
So what is driving the chatter?
First of all, The Democrats are on the way in the kickoff of the primary calendar, not a front-runner and a solid top-League of the four candidates – former Vice-President, Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Secondly, the rise of The down-to-earth, small-dollar online donations. Sanders was able to fight the possible candidacy of Hillary Clinton until the end of the 2016 primary calendar, thanks to the continuous infusion of grassroots contributions. This time around, Sanders, Warren and a candidate like tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang could see, their campaigns are fueled by people-powered donations deep into the primary process. The increasing power of the online posts is one of the one-time influence of wealthy donors backing other candidates, like Biden or even Buttigieg.
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Thirdly, The Billionaires. Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg and environmental-advocate Tom Steyer are pouring hundreds of millions of their own dollars into their campaigns. If either of them are still in the hunt from April, the private money will continue, even as a small donation dollar drifting to your competitors.
Fourthly, A front-loaded calendar. Between the launch in Iowa on Feb. 3 and in the middle of March, around three-quarters will be awarded to all participants, excellent.
Sullivan wrote a scenario in which three or four contenders for the title in April – are still required in each case far below the 1,919 delegates to clinch the nomination on the first ballot.
“You would have a situation where several candidates from the first four States with victories,” she said. “You would go in the Super Tuesday and some of the candidates have the concentration in certain States, others in other States, because it is very expensive in all the States on Super Tuesday. Not all of the candidates can afford to do that.”
“So, if we come out of Super Tuesday without a clear leader and then there will be a state-by-state contest, and then we land in New York towards the end of April. If, after this point, we still don’t have [the clear leader] – Yes, then it goes to the Convention, and possibly to a second ballot,” she added.
Fifthly, the Superdelegates are not in the position to tilt the balance in the direction of begin a popular candidate before the convention. Superdelegates – democratic governors, senators, representatives, former high-ranking legislator and the leading party officials – overwhelming Clinton secured, in the year 2016. After the election, as a Fig leaf to Sanders and his army, supported by progressive, the DNC rolled back the influence of these superdelegates. You are only be unbound if the Convention comes to a second round.
All of these factors together, and a controversial Convention does not seem so far-fetched.
The past is, if a candidate could be a hot one in the early States in the nomination race, fast. This was the case in 2004, when then-Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, things wrapped early in the calendar.
But if the fight goes to a second ballot, in Milwaukee, Sullivan said, do not expect to see a repeat of the controversial conventions from the history books.
“The people, mediated by conventions, with the result that you you said think of people in smoke-filled rooms making deals, cutting deals”. “I don’t think you are going to see, deal-making, because all of these people [the delegates] free agents. It would be a very democratic process.”