Pete Buttigieg, the relatively unknown mayor of South Bend, in Indiana, is showing signs that he could become a serious candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination race in 2020.
The first piece of evidence that 37-year-old Buttigieg could break with the fighter squad after attracting a group of well-known candidates is based on a poll by Emerson Polling this weekend that showed him lagging behind the former vice president. Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe bursting primary is a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Stacey Abrams: Barr's letter in Barr's Mueller, as if asking your brother to summarize your newsletter "Abrams launches the" fair vote "non-profit before the 2020 census PLUS and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersL "elementary school full of threats poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020. The tale of betrayal collapses; who bears the responsibility? Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC PLUS (I-Vt.) In the Democratic race in Iowa.
Buttigieg garnered support from 11% of Iowa Democratic caucus respondents, behind Biden's 25% and Sanders 24%.
It's just a poll at the beginning of the presidential cycle, but it comes after Buttigieg made the headlines in recent weeks, including in a public session on CNN that left a number of strategists and engineers impressed party.
Buttigieg, the only homosexual man to run for president, also went through some viral moments, most recently this weekend when a Norwegian outlet asked him to speak their language.
The mayor, who speaks seven languages, spoke well and his response instantly became a worthy moment for YouTube.
Democrats, once skeptical of the mayor with the name difficult to pronounce, take note.
"A few weeks ago, I was not paying him any attention at all, partly because I did not think he had the opportunity, but I'm more and more intrigued," Jim said. Manley, Democratic strategist and longtime Senator. veteran.
"The Boomlet Buttigieg is real," added Democratic strategist Christy Setzer. "He is everywhere, he is genuine and his message is interesting and counter-intuitive, making it both a media darling and a source of intrigue for primary voters."
Biden, who has not yet taken part in the race, and Sanders dominated most polling stations at the start of the 2020 race, which set up a two- or three-level competition in its early days.
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After these candidates come another group that has usually trailed behind the top five candidates.
Basil Smikle, the former executive director of the New York Democratic Party, said Buttigieg's recent show could prove to be bad news for O'Rourke, who started in the fanfare earlier this month .
Although Buttigieg is only just beginning to make his name on the national political scene, he has been laying the groundwork for two years in the party, beginning with his candidacy for the presidency of the party two years ago.
"He may have cut off a bit of Beto because he impressed many people during his run … where he started to develop a relationship with party insiders from all states," he said. Smikle.
Smikle added that Buttigieg also has a compelling message that resonates with voters.
"Where other candidates appear against Trump, he uses a captivating story to run against the republican hypocrisy embodied by the Pence and Trump facilitators," he said. "It's a tactic that undermines Trumpism rather than Trump himself and potentially can appeal to more disgruntled voters."
The Buttigieg campaign would not comment on the Emerson poll. But her spokesperson, Lis Smith, said the recent campaign had stopped and that appearances in the media had been translated into support for the mayor.
"We've always argued that the more people see Mayor Pete, the more they like him," Smith said. "He brings something completely different to the conversation as the millennial mayor of the Midwest. His message of generational change resonates with voters in the first states and beyond – we have seen a sharp increase in the interest of what he proposes. "
There are skeptics, including a Democratic strategist who reported problems with the Emerson poll.
"It's ridiculous, it's ridiculous," said the strategist, who called the poll "lucky" because he had a margin of error of 6 points and had interviewed only a few hundred people.
Others said that, no matter what the Emerson survey, there is no doubt that Buttigieg is on a roll.
"I think the most important thing is that he now sees the benefits of a very well designed long deployment, as well as his efforts," said Democratic strategist Eddie Vale. "He goes everywhere. Talk to everyone. He is involved in many events and interviews that have earned him an excellent press, and I think you now see that this cumulative effect is starting to affect his number of polls. "
The question among strategists remains to know if the Indianan is springing up at the right time.
"The problem is that it peaked about 6 months too early," said Setzer. "The good news? Beto may have peaked about a year too early.