With another big debate coming – is it time to the thin the field as the DNC looks toward Trump and 2020?

With another big debate coming – is it time to the thin the field as the DNC looks toward Trump and 2020? With another big debate coming – is it time to the thin the field as the DNC looks toward Trump and 2020?

October 9, 20192 min read
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The Democratic field has narrowed substantially from the summer, but from the initial offering of more than two dozen candidates, each vying to be the one to face off with Donald Trump next November – there’s still a lot of winnowing to be done.


And with 12 candidates taking the stage in Westville, Ohio the expectations will be high for everyone.


  • How many candidates need to accept reality and abandon the race?
  • Is a field this large hindering DNC chances at victory in 2020?
  • What will it take to strive up the polls and survive for another day on the hustings?
  • And of the prominent candidates – who is on the bubble and who needs to land a knockout punch to emerge as the true frontrunner?


There will be a lot of speculation, coverage and punditry leading up to this debate – and that’s where our experts can help.


Dr. Stephen Farnsworth is professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington. A published author and a media ‘go-to’ on U.S. politics, he is available to speak with media regarding this topic. Simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.


Dr. Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and member of Gender Watch 2018, is an expert on women in politics. She is available to speak with media regarding this topic – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.


Both experts are available to speak with media regarding the upcoming debate - simply click on either icon to arrange an interview.





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  • Stephen Farnsworth
    Stephen Farnsworth Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

    Dr. Farnsworth has spent decades researching how media and politics intersect. Check out his website at stephenfarnsworth.net.

  • Rosalyn Cooperman
    Rosalyn Cooperman Associate Professor of Political Science

    Dr. Cooperman's expertise focuses on women in politics.

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