Democrats' Sharp Left Turn Could Hurt Party In 2020 Elections

The Democratic Party has taken a sharp turn to the left as its contenders for the 2020 U.S. presidency are on their campaign trips. If it veers too far, the party could turn off moderate voters and hurt its chances of clinching the White House in 2020, experts said.

Indeed, the party's leftward shift was on full display recently during the first round of Democratic debates. When the moderator asked which candidates would provide free health insurance to illegal migrants, every candidate raised their hand in a moment that grabbed headlines nationwide.

Indeed, there is a trend of candidates with moderate track records suddenly shifting their stance to support radical policies. But candidates have found themselves between a rock and a hard place.

Still, U.S. President Donald Trump will have to make an effort to push his own narrative, which is that far-left policies would be a disaster for the economy.

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said: "What they are pushing should hurt them, but it's going to be largely up to Trump to make sure he drives the nail into the coffin."

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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