Larry Sabato came out with his rankings of presidential contenders today.

I was going to write about the downgrade of Marco Rubio, but that’s old news.

More interesting is the rankings of Democrats. There is no “First Tier” other than Hillary. The drop from Hillary to Joe Biden is dramatic, and then comes the Third Tier of (don’t say I didn’t warn you) Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Cuomo.

By comparison, the Republican bench is deeeeeeep.

For Democrats to have a strong shot of winning in 2016, Hillary must run. It’s that simple.

And it’s why we’ve never underestimated the likelihood of Elizabeth Warren getting in the race if Hillary doesn’t.

Sabato Crystal Ball Democratic Presidential Rankings 8-15-2013

 
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