Democratic candidates for president are seeing huge, enthusiastic crowds at rallies across the country, even with the first primaries and caucuses for the 2020 election a year away. The New York Times reports:

“Powered by an almost desperate yearning to oust President Trump, and galvanized by the most diverse field in presidential primary history, Democrats are packing into gymnasiums, churches and exhibition halls to hear candidates speak — even if they are far from committed to supporting the candidate they are showing up to see.”

Bernie Sanders is drawing huge crowds in Iowa. They are standing outside in New Hampshire for Kamala Harris. And the field is not set. Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke could join soon. From the Times:

“Early polling data underscores the displays of grass-roots enthusiasm: A recent University of New Hampshire survey showed that more than 60 percent of Democrats said they were “extremely interested” in the primary, significantly higher than they reported at this stage in each of the last three cycles. Overall, half of those polled in the state said they were “extremely interested” in the primary.”

 “[T]he enthusiasm that propelled Democrats to a decisive takeover of the House in the midterms is still surging, driving crowd sizes and intensity typically seen in the days before the first caucuses and primaries, not a year ahead of them.” – The New York Times