Govenor Heatcharger (D-VA)
starts out as the establishment-backed favorite and a massive fundraising advantage. However, he faces a strong challenge from recently elected Senator OneJ (D-MS)
, who draws enthusiastic support from progressives and young people. Sen. OneJ shows particular strength in his home region, the Deep South, and also does very well in the West, particularly in caucus states, while Gov. Heatcharger remains strong in much of the Midwest, as well the Southwest and Appalachia. In the end, OneJ narrowly wins, though he decides to pick Heatcharger as his running mate to unite the party, after a very contentious primary.