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Undecided Voters Evaluate A Large, Still Growing Field Of Democratic Candidates

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As 20 of the 25 Democratic presidential candidates prepare for the first debates, we talk with voters who are watching this primary season unfold and waiting for their first choice to emerge.  Are they seeking someone with a more progressive or moderate agenda? Or someone who they believe can beat President Trump?

As of yesterday, a 25th candidate joined the race (the five candidates who did not make it onto the debate stage did not meet DNC requirements this time around;  but they'll have another chance in July. After that, the DNC has announced it will tighten standards.)

Last week, President Trump held his re-election kickoff rally in Florida last week, and he's spent some time attacking some of the candidates. So far, he has one opponent from his own party, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld.  Meanwhile, there are months to go before the N.H. Primary and just about 500 days until the General Election.  

GUESTS:

  • Gerri King - social psychologist and organizational consultant based in Concord. She and her husband have held eight house parties for Democratic candidates so far this season. 
  • Alissandra Murray -  A student at SNHU, she holds two library jobs and lives in Manchester. She volunteers with Rights And Democracy. 
  • Eric Ratinoff - Founder and "Chief Storyteller" with Story First, a strategic storytelling firm.  
  • Kristi St. Laurent -  Physical therapist, a member of the NH State Committee on Aging, and Chair of the Windham Democratic Town Committee. 

Keeping track of who is running and where they stand:

The news media has all sorts of ways to track candidates and help distinguish among their positions.  They've had to update/catch up a few times, given the growing field. Here are a few of the more recent sites/stories:  

2020 Presidential Election: Track with candidates are running

Who is hoping to challenge Trump for president in 2020?

The New York Times candidate tracker, which includes brief summaries of their backgrounds/positions.

Here's where the Democratic candidates stand on the biggest 2020 issues. 

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