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Kirsten Gillibrand announces exploratory committee for 2020

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will announce Tuesday evening during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that she is launching an exploratory committee to raise funds needed for a 2020 presidential bid.

Why it matters: Gillibrand is the latest candidate and the third woman to join what is expected to be a large and diverse Democratic primary. Gillibrand has opposed 94.6% of President Trump's executive branch nominations, more than any other Senate Democrat.

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"She's not waiting": Warren heads to Iowa for weekend of campaigning

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stands in front of a crowd in Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is spending the weekend in Iowa, giving the 2020 Democratic primary an early kickoff while remaining the party's only heavyweight to have entered the field.

The big picture: Warren hasn't technically announced her candidacy — opting at this stage to instead launch an "exploratory committee" — but her event in Iowa on Friday had "all the hallmarks of a candidate meant to last," notes the New York Times' Astead Herndon. Rather than wait around for Bernie Sanders or other women to declare, Warren is already laser focused on "building her network in a crucial state," Democratic political consultant Joe Trippi tells the Boston Globe.

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