Late bids in Democratic race show lack of faith

Absence of strong moderate front runner could be behind new entrants, say analysts

Businessman Deval Patrick declared his candidacy on Thursday. He was the first African-American to be elected governor of Massachusetts. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has filed paperwork to run in the Ala
Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has filed paperwork to run in the Alabama and Arkansas primaries, but has not officially entered the race. PHOTO: REUTERS
Businessman Deval Patrick declared his candidacy on Thursday. He was the first African-American to be elected governor of Massachusetts. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has filed paperwork to run in the Ala
Businessman Deval Patrick declared his candidacy on Thursday. He was the first African-American to be elected governor of Massachusetts. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

America's primary elections, where voters decide who gets to run as their party's presidential candidate, are barely three months away.

Seventeen Democrats have been campaigning for months, even years, for their party's nomination to challenge incumbent President Donald Trump next November.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2019, with the headline 'Late bids in Democratic race show lack of faith'. Print Edition | Subscribe