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We may still be over a year out from the 2018 midterm elections, but that won’t stop premature speculation into who will be competing for the White House against the presumed reelection campaign of Donald J. Trump. The Democratic Party is in the midst of a branding transition after the disastrous results of the 2016 Presidential Election, fractured between the more traditional Clinton Democrats and the now-emboldened “progressive” wing of Sanders Democrats. The split has occurred after an ugly internal conflict between the two wings throughout the 2016 primaries, and a sudden disappearance of recognizable national names on the left side of the spectrum has exacerbated the power vacuum within the party. United almost exclusively to oppose the President, the competing factions of Democrats are in search of a unifying presence for 2020 that can heal the wounds created in recent years and fill the marketing void left by big names like Clinton, Biden, and Obama. With uninspiring household names like Pelosi and Schumer rounding out the heights of the liberal leadership, it’s natural to start to look for the next Democratic darling that will plunge the party into its next phase…”