Midterms are often seen as the first nationwide referendum on a first-term president. Donald Trump’s ratings have ranged from low to medium-low, but a “blue wave” of victories is far from guaranteed this fall. Where Democrats strive for inclusiveness with regard to race, gender, and immigration status, critics see “identity politics,” and successfully fending off that critique may determine the party’s fate across the country. Who are the rising Democratic stars to watch, and what internal clashes must the Democrats resolve as they look toward 2020?
Mike AllenCo-Founder and Executive Editor, Axios
Reihan SalamPresident, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Amy WalterNational Editor, The Cook Political Report; Host, Politics with Amy Wa...
Jamelle BouieChief Political Correspondent, Slate
Celinda LakePollster; President, Lake Research Partners
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