CNN political analyst: Warren ‘below average’ in electability

CNN senior analyst and writer Harry Enten on Wednesday wrote that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenElizabeth Warren after TMZ catches her sprinting to catch train: 'Try and keep up' Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote Senate GOP proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats MORE (D-Mass.) is "below average" in electability based on an analysis of her Senate race performance in 2018 compared to House Democrats in her state.

Enten analyzed the "electability" of six possible presidential candidates by weighing their performance in their 2018 Senate races compared to how Democratic House candidates fared in those same states. 

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"Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFCC claims on broadband access under scrutiny Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote Overnight Energy: Green New Deal vote set to test Dem unity | Renewables on track to phase out coal, study finds | EPA chief reportedly recuses himself from mine review MORE of Minnesota and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownGreen New Deal vote tests Dem unity in Senate Trump mounts Rust Belt defense Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses MORE of Ohio are above-average candidates on the question of electability, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — who announced Monday that she's formed a committee to explore a 2020 presidential run — is below average," Enten wrote.

Klobuchar, who is reportedly eyeing a bid, won her race by 24 points in 2018, while Democratic House candidates in Minnesota won by an average of 11 points.
 
"Klobuchar had a 13-point overperformance," Enten wrote.  

Brown also performed well in Ohio, where Democrats struggled in 2018.

Warren won in Massachusetts by 24 points in 2018 as House Democrats swept all of the state's congressional races. Massachusetts Democrats could have won the statewide House vote by 36 points if they all had Republican opponents, Enten noted, meaning Warren underperformed by 12 points.  

"The story is not as clear for the other potential 2020 Democratic candidates who ran for the Senate in 2018," Enten wrote, noting that Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE (Texas) performed better than Democratic House candidates in their states. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHere's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote Overnight Energy: Green New Deal vote set to test Dem unity | Renewables on track to phase out coal, study finds | EPA chief reportedly recuses himself from mine review MORE (I-Vt.) fared a bit worse, according to the CNN analyst's calculations. 

Warren became the first major Democratic name to jump into the 2020 presidential race on Monday, announcing that she is forming an exploratory committee to run for the White House.