Democratic presidential candidate, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg arrives to speak at a campaign office in Iowa [File: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo]

A Pete Buttigieg presidency would come with plenty of firsts. The youngest United States president ever. The first openly gay one. The first mayor to go almost straight from a city hall to the White House. And, surely, the first president to meet his future spouse on a dating application.

But first, he has to get there. Standing in his way are nearly a dozen other Democrats, many of them with more money, more name recognition, better poll numbers, and far more experience. And then there is President Donald Trump. It will be a long slog.

The 38-year-old former Mayor

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