Dozens of Democrats eyeing 2020 run, but bruising battles may lie ahead


    FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    Few, if any, Democrats are shedding a tear over attorney Michael Avenatti’s announcement Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2020, but the party still faces the daunting task of winnowing down dozens of aspiring chief executives to select the one best positioned to drive Donald Trump out of the White House.

    "I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family," Avenatti said in a statement posted on Twitter. “But for their concerns, I would run.”

    The attorney earned some good will on the left earlier this year for his representation of porn actress and alleged former Trump mistress Stormy Daniels, but he squandered much of it by inserting himself into the fight against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September. Losses in court and an arrest for alleged domestic violence piled on additional doubts about his viability.