Deval Patrick telling allies he will enter 2020 race: reports

Deval Patrick telling allies he will enter 2020 race: reports
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is expected to announce his 2020 presidential bid on Thursday, according to CBS News. 

Sources told the network that Patrick is expected to make the announcement on CBS This Morning. 

The news follows reports that Deval told telling allies that he will launch a 2020 presidential bid this week. 

Patrick would need to file to run in the New Hampshire primary by Friday.

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The New York Times reported on Monday that Patrick was actively considering a presidential run. 

The former governor said last year that he would not run for president in 2020, citing the impact the campaign would have on his family.  

Patrick is generally seen as a figure who could unite the progressive and centrist wings of the Democratic Party. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE is currently the front-runner centrist candidate, while Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn Washington, the road almost never taken Senate poised to battle over Biden's pick of big bank critic Treasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn Washington, the road almost never taken Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (I-Vt.) are the progressives wing's standard-bearers. 

Most polls show Biden and Warren leading the crowded primary pack. 

Patrick could face hurdles entering the race late when it comes to fundraising and name recognition. His campaign would launch roughly two months before the Iowa caucuses. 

However, the former governor could see an opening in a number of the early contest states given his home state's proximity to New Hampshire and could garner support in South Carolina as an African American. 

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocrats face bleak outlook in Florida Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE appears to also be moving toward a White House bid. The billionaire officially filed as a candidate for the Alabama Democratic presidential primary last week.