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 BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE is currently the front-runner centrist candidate, while Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote 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 BloombergTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida 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.