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2020 Democratic Nomination Process Mirrors 2004 Race

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Originally published as: David Dulio "2020 Democratic nomination process mirrors 2004 raceThe Detroit News, March 6, 2020.

As we head into the Michigan Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, the state of the race has shades of the 2004 Democratic contest.

During the entirety of 2003, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean lead the “invisible primary.” He was ahead in money, having raised $41 million. He was ahead in the polls with double the support of his next closest rival in the CBS News poll in January 2004. And, Dean was widely known to have the best campaign organization in the field with scores of volunteers from across the nation.