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Howard Schultz Eyes a 2020 Run. But What If Nobody Wants Him?

  • Billionaire ‘100%’ won’t run unless he sees a path to victory
  • Democrats say independent campaign would help re-elect Trump
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Starbucks' Schultz Explores 2020 White House Run

Former Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz’s flirtation with an independent presidential bid faces a much bigger challenge than the furious reaction he engendered from Democrats.

The 65-year-old Seattle billionaire is a fervent ideological centrist at a time when voters are shifting further left or right. His attacks on both liberal economics and cultural conservatism leaves him without a clear national constituency or a readily plausible route to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.