By this time four years ago, the Democratic presidential campaign was in full swing, with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand all having opened exploratory committees or announced runs. This go around, the Republican field is frozen in place.
The proximate cause of the frozen primary is Trump, the former president and only declared candidate in the race. Finding himself on an empty primary stage, he has still managed to be tripped up by everything from classified document retention to dinners with antisemites.
“When you see Trump in a free fall, why get in the middle of that?” said a Republican strategist who has discussed the primary calendar with several potential candidates. And so, everyone is waiting for the other to act.
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