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The entrance of former VP Joe Biden into the 2020 field has altered the race’s dynamics in lots of ways but none more notable than this: Electability is now front and center.
Biden’s entire candidacy is based on the idea that a) beating Donald Trump is all that matters and b) he is by far best positioned to do so.
(Recent CNN polling suggests former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is actually the strongest general election candidate against Trump right now. O’Rourke led Trump by 10 while Biden held a 6-point edge in a head-to-head match up with Trump.)
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t ceding the “most electable” ground, however. “In 2018, I flipped 18 Trump counties in NY,” she tweeted Sunday. “My 2012 vote share is the highest a statewide candidate has won in NY—ever.
So yes, I’m ‘electable.’ But I’m also the right candidate to take on Trump because I have the experience, vision and record to win.” (Her tweet linked to this New York Times piece on the electability question.)