Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Beto O’Rourke’s splashy campaign event in Pennsylvania this week seemed to herald the start of the state’s presidential primary season.

But if Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party faithful are searching for a favorite from among the crowded 2020 primary field, it may be in vain: early-voting states typically make that choice.

Yet, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party strategists and officials suggest that a crush of candidates could help force a competitive race all the way until the state holds its primary election.

Besides the big primary field, there are a couple other reasons that Pennsylvania could see a competitive Democratic primary.

There’s the rise of small-dollar donations and there’s the party’s new rule for 2020, in which automatic delegates cannot vote on the first presidential ballot if the convention remains contested.

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