‘None of the above’ wins top spot in poll of potential Democrat presidential candidates

When polled about whom they prefer to run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, a thirty percent plurality of Democrats chose “none of the above.”

Included among the candidates who were out-voted by the “none of the above” option in the Hill.TV’s latest poll are former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They earned only 25, 18 and 12 percent of votes, respectively.

The rest of the candidates — including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker — each earned only 4 percent of votes.


What remains unclear is whether this poll signifies anything. Several Hill.TV commentators noted that President Donald Trump’s didn’t even announce his candidacy for president til mid 2015, nearly a full year after the 2014 midterm elections. The same applies to Sen. Ted Cruz.

“The first declared candidate was Ted Cruz,” commentator Michael Cornfield noted. “He declared his candidacy in March of 2015, so I think some of these candidates in the Democratic side will beat that and will declare even earlier, but it’s a long road.”

His point was that the person who ultimately winds up becoming the Democrat presidential nominee in 2020 may not have even declared his or her candidacy yet.



The Hill.TV’s poll does suggest though that the individuals most likely to attain the Democrat nomination in 2020 are lackluster at best. To be fair, the poll neglected to include creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti, whom a growing number of Democrats suspect has the chops to take on Trump.

Even former White House chief strageist Steve Bannon conceded in an interview earlier this year that Avenatti has a decent chance of becoming president as per his “fearlessness.”

“He’s got a fearlessness, and he’s a fighter. I think he will go through a lot of this field if he decides to stick with it like [inaudible],” he said during an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“Now, I don’t happen to think a professional politician [will make it], because I think we’re in a new age. I don’t think a professional politician is going to be there at the end of the day. I’ve always said it’s going to be somebody like Oprah or Avenatti, or somebody that’s more media savvy is going to be there.”


Bannon issued this declaration after Maher asked him his thoughts on potential future Democrat nominees, including failed 2016 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. The former Breitbart executive replied by arguing that Sanders would have won the Democrat nomination had he been more like Avenatti.

Also missing from the Hill.TV’s poll was failed Texas Democrat senatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke, whom many in Hollywood are certain is the right man to take on  the president.

No matter, because many on social media agree with the poll’s conclusion: Some sarcastic Twitter users think that “none of the above” itself would indeed make the best candidate, while others believe “none of the above” is correct because there are better candidates to choose from.



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