Heading into 2020, Democrats would be foolish to ignore women of color, either as a powerful electorate or as policy leaders.
Research from the data firm Catalist shows that women of color have the strongest propensity to vote Democratic; 88 percent supported Democrats in the 2018 midterms, compared with 48 percent of white women and 38 percent of white men.
She the People, a national network of women of color in politics, is planning a presidential forum in April to question candidates specifically about issues concerning women of color, the organization announced Thursday.
No presidential campaigns have committed to attending the forum yet, but Aimee Allison, the founder of the organization, said that campaigns and people still mulling presidential runs are aware of the opportunity to speak directly with women of color.
Black women have historically voted on the right side of history, and their 2020 candidate to watch is U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
She the People, a network connecting and amplifying women of color as transformative leaders, conducted a survey among 264 women of color. The participants serve as campaign workers and managers, political strategists, organizers and activists and were questioned about the upcoming 2020 presidential election. When asked about their top three potential candidates for what is soon to be an all-news-consuming race, Harris drew a strong lead with 71.1 percent choosing the Democrat as their front-runner. Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden followed behind with 38.3 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Stacey Abrams and Bernie Sanders were also considered as presidential potentials, but each received less than 25 percent of the vote.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) leads the field of potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls among politically involved women of color, according to a straw poll released Tuesday by the group She the People.
Harris virtually swept the field of would-be candidates in the poll, claiming more than 71 percent support. Trailing in second place was Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) with a little more than 38 percent, the survey found.
A national survey of women of color political organizers, activists, donors, and party leaders shows Sen. Kamala Harris as an overwhelming early favorite of the group ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The survey results, provided to BuzzFeed News by She the People, a new network advocating for women of color in politics, show a majority of respondents — 71.1% — includes Harris in their top three choices for president, if she decides to run.
As the United States gears up for the 2020 presidential election and possibly removing the current stain of America out of office, many people are already picking front-runners. But in an election where 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump, Black women and other women of color are now having their voices heard more than ever.
In a new poll conducted by She The People, 264 women of color political organizers, donors, activists and party leaders overwhelming show that Sen. Kamala Harris is their front-runner in the 2020 election. Harris received 71.1% of the votes, while Sen. Beto O’Rourke came in second with 38.3%, former Vice-President Joe Biden had 25%, Sen. Cory Booker (24.2%), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (22.3%), Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams (15.2%), and Sen. Bernie Sanders came in with an underwhelming 12.1%.