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Moderate Democrats Now in a Race Against the Clock

Murrow Fellow Adam Goodman shares his advice for Democrats ahead of the 2020 presidential election, in an op-ed for The Hill.

As Andrew Yang, the “Math Guy,” dropped out of the Democratic presidential derby Tuesday night in New Hampshire, he had clearly done his own math, which didn’t add up to a shot at the nomination title.

As pundits droned on about the rising significance of two moderates — Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg polling cumulatively above Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the latter’s neighboring state — Yang must have winced at the media’s missing decimal.

That’s because whether you’re using a high-speed calculator or an abacus, the search for the center won’t matter if someone in that space soon doesn’t head for the exits.

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