The Note: Democrats expand 2020 map in new directions

Candidates reflect the party's diversity -- and a diversity of nomination paths.

The TAKE with Rick Klein

The 2020 map is getting bigger -- and more interesting -- fast.

It's becoming a mark of the enlightened Democratic candidate to campaign in plenty of places in between and far beyond the early-voting states.

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's road trip has taken him to Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, in addition to Iowa and New Hampshire -- with clear reasons for going to some places a certain previous Democratic nominee didn't. There are also no flyover states when you're traveling in a Dodge Grand Caravan.

The candidates were already reflecting the party's diversity, now they reflect the diversity of paths to the nomination and the presidency.

The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks

Buckle up. On Tuesday, Warren proposed abolishing the Electoral College. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg agreed and has also floated the possibility of adding seats to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Just wait, next someone will throw out expanding the size of the U.S. House of Representatives.

These ideas might be radical, crazy and overly ambitious, but they're an answer to a growing and very present angst in the Democratic Party's base that asserts the system is rigged and disenfranchises urban voters.

Yes, ditching the Electoral College would require a constitutional amendment, but some voters are ready for transformational change.

The TIP with John Verhovek

At the outset of his 2020 presidential campaign, Sanders sent an email to his supporters urging them to "do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents."

But on Tuesday the senator's campaign announced the hire of David Sirota as a senior communications adviser and speechwriter. The former journalist has been criticized for his aggressive -- bordering on hostile -- interactions online with the center-left wing of the Democratic Party. His hiring raises questions about just how civil Sanders' campaign will be towards the crowded field of Democratic opponents he now has to beat out for the nomination.

It remains to be seen how public-facing Sirota's role in the campaign will be, but as the Democratic primary continues to heat up, it will be key to keep track of whether Democrats will be able to quell intra-party bickering and focus on the challenge of denying President Donald Trump a second term.


ABC News' "Start Here" Podcast. Wednesday morning's episode features ABC News Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks, who says some voters are looking for more specifics from 2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke. And ABC News' Aaron Katersky tells us what we're learning from newly unsealed documents concerning Michael Cohen.


  • Donald Trump will spend most of the day in Ohio, where he will look at Army tanks and attend a fundraiser.
  • Presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., continues her Iowa visit with campaign stops in Muscatine, Burlington, Ottumwa and Des Moines.
  • Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., participates in events throughout South Carolina during his first trip to the state since announcing he was seriously thinking about running for president.
  • Presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep Beto O'Rourke travels through New Hampshire to "visit with and learn from Granite Staters from all walks of life."
  • Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum hosts a "major announcement" in Miami Gardens, Florida at 5 p.m.
  • Presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper takes questions from voters at a CNN Town Hall at 10 p.m. in Atlanta.
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