Less than a month after Andrew Yang, the first Chinese American candidate for president of the U.S., arrived in Minnesota to appear at a rally and a separate fundraising dinner, CNN released their latest rankings for the 2020 Democratic field. Out of 24 candidates, only 10 are placed in the ranking.
“For the first time,” Yang stated, “they placed me in the Top 10. That places us far ahead of sitting senators, governors, members of Congress, and former Cabinet members. We are gaining serious momentum — and the media is finally starting to catch on.”
According to the CNN rankings of the 10 men and women most likely - as of May 23 - to wind up as their party's nominee, two new faces got added this time around, which means two people had to drop off the list. The two eliminated? Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
As stated in the CNN ranking announcement placing Andrew Yang in 10th place, “Once you get past the first seven-ish candidates, it gets very hard to differentiate between the next 10. But here's the case for Yang: He's built a large and aggressive online community. And he crested the 65,000 individual donor plateau - one benchmark for qualifying for the first debates next month - way back in mid-March. He's also averaging 1 percent in the Real Clear Politics average of national polling, which is better than, say, Gillibrand. (Previous ranking: Not ranked)”
It is not surprising that Yang is gaining momentum based on the enthusiastic crowd that greeted him at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis last month. He got a rousing welcome from the crowd of over 2,000 that had assembled to listen to him speak. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the crowd that comprised mostly of diverse and younger voters, cheered and participated in the rally displaying many banners and decked out in Yang T-shirts and MATH (Make America Think Harder) caps. They broke into cheers every time he referred to numbers or statistics. They chanted “PowerPoint! PowerPoint!” when he renewed a pledge to use the program to deliver the State of the Union. And when the Yang supporters realized he was about to drop his biggest applause line, they screamed the words to help him finish his rally with a bang: “The opposite of Donald Trump,” Yang yelled, pausing to let his fans join in, “is an Asian man who likes math!”
At the conclusion of the rally, Yang graciously walked into the crowd, spent time with his supporters, and posed for pictures with all who wished to do so.
Later in the day, Yang arrived at the home of SK and Sing Lo in Edina where more than 200 guests attended a fundraising dinner. The crowd had gathered outside for photos, and when Yang arrived, he decided to make his presentation right in the front yard, which included some points from his afternoon rally.
Yang stated, “It is not immigrants but automation and technology that are causing economic dislocations around the country. We need to wake up to the transformation around us and think much bigger about how to make our economy work for people.” In response to a show of hands as to how many in the group have previously participated in political activism, the low response did not surprise Yang. He challenged the group, saying Chinese Americans needed to be more politically involved. Although he welcome the support of the Chinese American community, he stated that it was important that everyone exercise their right to vote and participate in the political system. He concluded his talk by making another of his classic slogans and banners, “I will take solutions from anywhere,” he said. “It’s not left or right, it’s forward.”
Yang spent the rest of the evening visiting with individuals and groups, posing for pictures and signing copies of his book “The War on Normal People.”
Although Yang has qualified to be part of the June debates, he still needs to achieve a financial goal in fundraising. So, to learn more about Yang’s initiatives and to donate to his campaign, visit www.yang2020.com/.