Elizabeth Warren didn't see the results she wanted in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, and it remains to be seen how she'll fare in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, though it doesn't look promising there, either. With Super Tuesday coming up in a few days, Warren's home state, Massachusetts, could offer her a respite from the political pummeling and keep her in the race—but a new poll sounds yet another warning shot for the embattled senator. Related coverage:
- Home state: A WBUR survey conducted Feb. 23-26 of 426 likely Democratic primary voters in the Bay State showed 25% of the respondents had Bernie Sanders, not Warren, as their first choice. Warren came in second, with 17%, followed by Pete Buttigieg at 14%, Michael Bloomberg at 13%, and Joe Biden at 9% (all with a 4.9% margin of error).
- Another boost for Biden: On the heels of winning the coveted endorsement of South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the former VP now has another notch of support: that of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who offered his official thumbs-up for Biden on Friday. "It is sad to have a president who no one holds up as a role model for America's kids," Kaine said in a statement to the Washington Post. "By contrast, Joe Biden has exemplary heart, character, and experience. ... He reminds me of Harry S. Truman."
- Joe's confidence also gets a jolt: With an early lead in the South Carolina polls, Biden has "[let] loose" there on the eve of the primary. RealClear Politics notes Biden has seemed more confident and relaxed, once more taking on the "freewheeling 'Uncle Joe' form" he's known for. He told supporters there his lackluster showing in earlier states was "the opening bell, not the closing bell."
- The Bernie blitz: Sanders has been focusing his attentions on the Super Tuesday states, and he's hit many of them in person already. The Hill also reports that, save for Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, Sanders has spent more money on the airwaves in those 14 states than any other candidates.
- What about Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Bloomberg? Mayor Pete still "has work to do" to win the support of black voters, especially in South Carolina, per USA Today. And CBS News notes that Klobuchar's biggest challenge is that, at least in South Carolina, she's just not as well known. As for Bloomberg: His "bubble has burst," per Politico, which says his slide started after a "disastrous debate" in Las Vegas earlier this month.
- The forgotten man: Billionaire Steyer is also still in the race, and although he may be seen as a "dead man walking," Michelle Norris writes in the Washington Post that Steyer is connecting with black voters and has, interestingly, "built a swell of support in a state where he had little name recognition and no personal history."
- The tug of war for No. 44: The role that Barack Obama is playing in all of this is what the New York Times looks at more closely. Who the former commander in chief is personally leaning toward isn't publicly known—"he has studiously avoided playing favorites," the paper notes—but allies say "he does have opinions."
- 'Choose your champion': Still undecided yourself who the best bet would be? Opinion columnists at the Times make a case for each of the six top Democratic candidates.
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