- Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar is being tipped for the party’s presidential nomination in 2020 after her landslide win in Minnesota.
- She won a third term in the US Senate on Tuesday, with 60.4% of the popular vote, beating Republican Jim Newberger, who received 36.1%.
- Political commentators said Klobuchar could be a serious contender in 2020 after she performed well in rural counties.
- Her victory speech contained a clear message for President Donald Trump.
People are talking up Amy Klobuchar as a bona fide 2020 presidential election contender after she won re-election to the US Senate for Minnesota with 60.4% of the vote on Tuesday.
Senator Klobuchar, who has secured a third term, beat Republican Jim Newberger, who got 36.1% of the vote, Associated Press reported.
While the margin of victory was high, it was not as impressive as it was in 2012, when she secured 65.3% of the vote. Her Republican rival at the time, Kurt Bills, got 30.6%.
But former Business Insider writer Josh Barro was among those to point out the number of rural counties Klobuchar won in Minnesota, suggesting she could appeal to US President Donald Trump’s blue-collar base. “I have a tip for Democrats who would like to not just beat Trump in 2020 but bury him,” he tweeted.
Her victory speech contained a clear message for the president. She told a jubilant crowd: “Minnesotans voted our dreams and not our fears. We voted for common sense and not blistering words. We voted for getting things done and not gamesmanship. And we voted for substance instead of subtweets. We voted for the way politics can be, should be, and with your help, will be.”
Other political commentators tipped Klobuchar as a real contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.
Marisa Kabas, editorial director of the “Crush the Midterms” podcast, said she’s been on Klobuchar’s side for a while:
she's been my low key 2020 pick for the last few months
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) November 7, 2018
Fox News 9’s reporter Paul Blume asked the 2o20 question:
— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) November 7, 2018
CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza had the same idea:
Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar just won reelection races. On to 2020!
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 7, 2018
Washington Post freelance reporter Torey Van Oot asked if Klobuchar’s victory speech was a preview of 2020:
— Torey Van Oot (@toreyvanoot) November 7, 2018