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2020 Democratic primary field puts diversity in spotlight

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 January 23, 2019 6:03 PM January 23, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JUANA SUMMERS and ELANA SCHOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party's diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump.

Of the more than half dozen Democrats who have either moved toward a campaign or declared their candidacy, four women are women: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Harris is also African-American. Former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro, who is Latino, has also joined the race.

And on Wednesday, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, jumped into the campaign. If he wins the Democratic nomination, he would be the first openly gay nominee from a major party.

The diversity of the Democratic lineup is likely to expand in the coming weeks.

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