CNN forecasters place Harris atop 2020 Dem power rankings, Biden in second

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCastro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Harris leads California Democrats in condemning HUD immigrant housing policy Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution MORE (D-Calif.) topped a CNN analysis of Democratic 2020 power rankings revealed on Thursday, leading former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE and a slew of other Democrats considered to be potential contenders for the party's nomination.

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The analysis, by CNN's Harry Enten and Chris Cillizza, touted Harris's visibility since her campaign's official launch last month, noting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE had said at the time that the California senator had the "best opening" of any Democrat so far in the 2020 campaign.

“I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris,” Trump told The New York Times at the end of January. Harris got “a better crowd — better crowd, better enthusiasm," the president added. “Some of the others were very flat.”

 

CNN's analysis put Biden in second place in the rankings, noting the former vice president's strength among supporters of former President Obama but noting that his Senate record, which was largely moderate, would be up for attack by his fellow Democrats during a primary.

Two other announced candidates, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill MORE (D-N.J.), also scored high in the rankings, taking third and fourth place, respectively. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Fox News contributor Campos-Duffy compares abortion to slavery 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-N.Y.) took 9th place in the ratings, with the authors citing low name recognition for the New York senator as a reason for her "lagging" in their rankings.

Recent polling of the 2020 Democratic race has shown Biden with the lead, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden MORE (I-Vt.), 6th place on the CNN rankings, sits in second. Harris followed Sanders in the poll.

Neither Biden nor Sanders, who finished second in the 2016 Democratic primary, have officially entered the race, though both are said to be actively considering bids for the presidency.