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Schultz’s 2020 Foray Risks Blowback to Starbucks in Blue America

Feb. 15, 2019, 5:53 PM

The map of Starbucks Corp. locations in the U.S. closely follows the nation’s electoral landscape and that could cause headaches for the coffee company if former Chief Executive Howard Schultz runs for president.

The possibility of an independent presidential bid by Schultz has triggered a vigorous backlash among Democrats, who argue his candidacy could split the opposition to President Donald Trump and help ensure his re-election.

Howard Schultz
Photographer: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

It just so happens that those Democrats are most heavily concentrated in the urban areas and coastal states where Starbucks does the bulk of its business.

Almost 7 of 10 Starbucks stores are ...