US Presidential Election 2020

A rough start, but too soon for the Democrats to panic

Much remains uncertain after the New Hampshire primary, in particular the big test that's Super Tuesday next month

Chaos within the Democratic Party fuels a growing sense of dread that US President Donald Trump will coast to a second term.

As the final results of Iowa and New Hampshire did not anoint a clear front runner for the party's presidential nomination, and the liberals and the moderates remain split, the Democrats fear arriving at their convention in July without a de facto nominee. Worse, they fear nominating a candidate who is not viable nationally, increasing Mr Trump's chances of re-election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'A rough start, but too soon for the Democrats to panic'. Print Edition | Subscribe