Sen. Sherrod Brown’s profile stands alone amid a sea of potential presidential contenders.
The 66-year-old Ohio Democrat, who won a third term in a swing state in November, has been discussed in Washington circles for months as a possible candidate. But unlike several fellow senators likely to run who have already visited, his upcoming tour of the early-voting states will be his introduction to influential primary voters.
Within the top tier, only former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders rival his political experience (that’s still an asset, right?), but both are a decade older. Brown has held elected office since 1975, including 14 years in the House and the last 12 in the Senate.
Only a handful of others with varying degrees of formidability hail from a state carried by President Trump. Ohio looks more winnable for a Democrat than Texas, Indiana, Montana, or West Virginia, which bolsters Brown's electability argument.
Should he run, Brown has to hope his resume and track record of political success burnish his blue-collar and progressive message to give him an edge in the most diverse primary field ever.
-- Kyle Trygstad