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Will Democrats pluck the next president from city hall?

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and BILL BARROW
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Los Angeles' Eric Garcetti, like other Democratic mayors considering the presidential race in 2020, is hoping to show party activists that his experience running a city can preview success on the national scene.

He plans to make his debut Friday in Iowa, an early campaign proving ground.

Other mayors mulling 2020 bids include Bill De Blasio of New York, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans and Pete Buttigeig of South Bend, Indiana.

Democrats hold just 16 governorships and the party has no obvious presidential front-runners. The Democratic voter base also is increasingly concentrated in cities.

Asked whether a mayor can become president, Landrieu says, "I don't see why not."

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