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

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.) topped a CNN analysis of Democratic 2020 power rankings revealed on Thursday, leading former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 WarrenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-N.J.), also scored high in the rankings, taking third and fourth place, respectively. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate Gillibrand unveils mental health plan 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 SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court 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.