For the first time in any presidential cycle, Democrats had a mainstream candidate — in Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — who ran a campaign centered on climate change. Since Inslee dropped out last month, his former rivals have vowed to pick up his mantle — with Massachusetts Sen.
Elizabeth Warren literally adopting Inslee’s climate change plan as her own as she and nine other candidates prepared for CNN’s town hall solely focused on the climate crisis.
Climate change got little attention in the 2016 presidential campaign. But there was a notable shift during the 2018 midterm election, said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters. Candidates alarmed by Republican inaction were drawn into congressional races across the country.