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Elizabeth Warren used to be a rising star among Democratic Party liberals, but her presidential campaign is struggling to get off the ground, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Why it matters: If she can't recapture the excitement she created among progressive voters in 2016, when she was considered one of Hillary Clinton's best campaign surrogates, she risks being overshadowed by other progressive candidates (Bernie Sanders) and newer rising stars (Beto O'Rourke).
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That's despite her busy campaign strategy: Instead of viral Facebook livestreams or TV-worthy rallies, Warren and her team are focusing on retail politics with voters who want to "nerd out" over policy.
The big picture: "Her success or failure will help determine the direction of the Democratic Party in 2020," per the AP. It'll also signal to other 2020 Democrats whether primary voters are craving a candidate whose campaign is built on ambitious (but very specific) policy proposals.
The bottom line: It's still early, but this isn't the kind of launch Warren needed.
The good old days … of 2004. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images
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