01.09.2018

If she runs, Oprah could dominate the Democratic field in 2020

If she runs, Oprah could dominate the Democratic field in 2020 (Photo: Paul Drinkwater, NBC)

If Oprah Winfrey has her eye on the Democratic presidential nomination, she may be hard to beat.

The media mogul with worldwide first-name recognition fueled speculation about her prospects on Sunday after her rousing speech at the Golden Globes, announcing a “new day is on the horizon” for women. It didn’t take long for the hashtag #Oprah2020 to explode on Twitter or for the political world to take notice.

“If she decides to run, she certainly would be the top contender, no doubt about it,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, campaign manager of Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2004. “All of the politicians who would think about running, she’d be one of the people they’d have to get past.”

Winfrey has rejected the idea of running for office in the past, but her speech seemed to have a 2020 ring to it.  And her longtime partner Stedman Graham suggested on Sunday she might be up for it.

“It’s up to the people,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “She would absolutely do it.”

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