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Nine months into the Donald Trump era, Democrats are still looking for a standard-bearer and a crisp message to corral widespread opposition to an unpopular president and a Republican-led Congress.The party's congressional leaders and potential presidential candidates mostly stayed away, with the exception of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose name has surfaced among possible 2020 hopefuls.The activists and party leaders who did attend expressed optimism over their rebuilding efforts, but also lingering resentments from the 2016 presidential primary, confirming that the battle between liberals and establishment Democrats continues long after Hillary Clinton dispatched Bernie Sanders but lost to Trump.Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 Senate advantage, but Democrats must defend 10 incumbents in states Trump won.Behind that hope, there are plenty of reasons for caution, mostly rooted in an uncomfortable reality: No Democrat has emerged as a leader and top rival to Trump in 2020, with a lineup of previous candidates like Joe Biden and Sanders and little-known House and Senate lawmakers.A prominent DNC member who backed Clinton in 2016 tried to convince Democrats Friday to call on Sanders to join the party.The New York at-large member whom Perez did not reappoint warned her fellow Democrats not to underestimate the fellow New Yorker in the White House – Trump.
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