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The Senate is about to undertake the biggest challenge of 2020, a Senate impeachment trial.
The House will ultimately send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate. The Senate will ultimately vote on the scope of an impeachment trial. After that vote, a trial will occur (barring some political roadblock). When the trial occurs Democratic presidential candidates will face having to be present for the trial, running presidential campaigns, and surviving the fallout from the results of the trial.
Senators are the jurors in a president's impeachment trial, and what Graham dealt with 30 years ago is again front and center with the recent impeachment of President Donald Trump.
But this time around, there's an additional complicating factor: Five of Trump's jurors are also running for president.
Sens. Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will have to take precious time away from the 2020 campaign trail to participate in a Senate impeachment trial that by all accounts could last weeks.
Each senator has their own unique challenge impeachment brings. Sanders and Warren have been battling it out among the top tier of candidates for months and are looking to break away from the pack. Klobuchar is riding a wave of interest following a strong debate performance in December and looking to turn that into a groundswell of Iowa support. And Bennett and Booker are both fighting for attention while lagging their counterparts in polling and fundraising.
"Being stuck in Washington is not ideal," said Matt Bennett, the executive vice president of public affairs for Third Way, a center-left think tank. "The biggest problem is that the first two states (Iowa and New Hampshire) are highly retail in their focus and voters expect to be able to actually see these candidates in person." USA TODAY
Joe Biden continues to lead in polls, but those polls are not state by state giving an analysis of what may happen in a particular state. However, he has the image of being the apparent nominee and a protracted Senate trial( taking much of his opposition off the campaign trail) may work to his advantage.
The impact won't be known until the scope and duration of the Senate trial becomes apparent. However, both practically and politically, the trial is not the ideal circumstance for the Senate democrats running for President.
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