The race for the Democratic nomination for president is “unpreviously unprecedented” in terms of the number of candidates, strategists and candidates in the field, according to a new study.
The nonpartisan think tank Demos examined the 2016 race and concluded that “the Democratic field is the most diverse it has ever been.”
Demos said it’s an example of the kind of competition Democrats expect in the 2020 election.
The think tank surveyed 1,000 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents across the country.
It found that in 2016, candidates who are on the Democratic side of the aisle and on the ballot in at least one state are more likely to be on the 2016 presidential ballot than any other year in modern history.
Among the candidates, Clinton is the frontrunner with 13 percent of the Democratic primary vote and Sanders, who is the independent running in his home state of Vermont, is second with 11 percent of votes.
The top two are followed by Sens.
Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D, Calif.), who both are running in California.
In addition, three candidates — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — received more than 10 percent of all votes, the study found.
It also found that the number and type of candidates in both parties has increased in recent years.
The study found that since 2000, Democrats have had an average of four different candidates running for the nomination, while Republicans have had just one, a former Pennsylvania governor, in the race for president.
Demos also said the Democratic field has changed a lot in the past decade.
It’s “much harder for Democrats to win the nomination than it used to be.”
Dems said candidates who were on the national stage for decades were no longer considered viable.
The number of people running for Senate and House was about the same in 2016 as it was in 2004, before Democrats began to run a primary process.
Demo found that a majority of the candidates running today are running for lower office or not running at all.
In 2016, more than half of the Republican candidates running in the 2016 election had a Senate seat up for grabs.
The 2016 election also saw the rise of the super PAC Priorities USA Action, which spent $100 million to support Democrats in the midterms and primaries.
That group spent a whopping $30 million on its presidential primary campaigns, according a study from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
In a statement, Priorities said that its “aggressive and successful” presidential campaigns helped Democrats win the Senate, which they now hold for the first time in history.
Priorities’ general counsel said the group was “extremely disappointed” that the Demos study showed that Democrats have a more diverse field than they did in 2000.