Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick insisted he could win the Democratic primary Monday, saying the race is “wide open.”
“It’s a wide-open race,” Patrick told reporters at an event in New Hampshire. “And the fact that folks have been in for a long time and campaigning for a long time now, raising money for a long time … has not resolved it.”
Patrick joined the Democratic race 12 days ago, after more than a dozen candidates had been campaigning for the better part of the last year. His announcement to jump in came with little fanfare, and he even had an event canceled, where just two people showed up.
So far, the polls haven’t looked good for Patrick either. Some have him polling at zero percent, while a recent New Hampshire poll found that half of voters said they wouldn’t even consider him because he jumped in too late. Just 1% of voters said they’d support him in New Hampshire, tying him with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
Governor @DevalPatrick was supposed to have an event at Morehouse College tonight. An organizer with the college who planned the event told CNN that Patrick cancelled the event when he arrived and learned that he would not have an audience. (Note, two people came, not pictured) pic.twitter.com/CzNjWYcWKJ— Annie Grayer (@AnnieGrayerCNN) November 21, 2019
Still, Patrick is insisting that he — and every other candidate — has a chance. In fact, he said after touring Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, that his odds may be better than he even thought.
“What I’ve seen is that the path we knew was there is wider than I fully appreciated,” he told Politico.
“It was uncomfortable. We’re friends,” Patrick said. “I think in an ideal world we would be working as collaborators rather than competitors. But I think you can compete with your friends and keep it friendly.”