In a post a few days ago, I talked about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering a bid for the presidency. At the time, I speculated that Democrat voters want a more moderate candidate than radical Kamala Harris, who I believe is the presumptive Democrat nominee.
It turns out Democrats have a good reason to be scared. He has great polling despite recent hysterical Democrat attacks on him:
It turns out, they have reason to be worried. According to the first polls out on Schultz’s campaign — one internal and one Morning Consult/external — Schultz is polling in the double digits against Democrats in a three-way challenge with President Donald Trump.
The Washington Examiner reports that the internal poll shows Schultz with a commanding 17% against Trump and either Sen. Elizabeth Warrren (D-MA) or Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), both among the top contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
That may not sound like a strong showing, but it puts Schultz in the position of being a “spoiler” for both potential Democratic nominees. When Schultz is added to the lineup, Trump posts 33% compared to Warren and Harris, who post 32% and 31% respectively — a situation that would likely lead to a narrow loss for either.
It’s also good news for Schultz, independently: in order to be on the ballot in most states, a third party candidate must command more than 15% of the vote in five key national polls. Schultz is within reach of that, particularly given that his own internal poll is tight, with only a 2.5% margin of error.
An external poll from Morning Consult shows similar results — and that Americans are increasingly open to the prospect of a third party candidate in the 2020 contest. Politico reports that at least 35% of voters are willing to consider a third party candidate, and at least 12% believe that they would cast a ballot for someone other than Donald Trump or the Democratic candidate.
That still puts Schultz in a spoiler position, but he’s polling better than most Democratic contenders and he’s a year out of the Iowa cacuses.
Run, Howard, run!