Andrew Yang has made it further in the 2020 Democratic field than several boldface senators and governors. Now the self-described serial entrepreneur’s campaign has only a short window to scale up.
Still, Yang’s presidential bid has come a long way since his staff sent the Washington Examiner a note in January, asking that the founder of job creation nonprofit organization Venture for America be included in lists of declared and potential White House hopefuls.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, has a nationwide polling average of 2.8%, according to RealClearPolitics data. While he trails front-runner Joe Biden by more than 20 percentage points, he has more aggregate support than some of his rivals set to appear alongside him at next week’s primary debate, such as Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. He is also keeping pace with his competitors’ fundraising efforts, reporting $6 million cash on hand at the end of 2019’s third-quarter.