Democratic presidential candidates

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Bloomberg's Campaign Spending Figures Are In

His campaign spent over $1B, or $18M per delegate won

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg's short presidential campaign was pricey to say the least. According to a Federal Election Commission filing , the former New York City mayor poured $1.05 billion into a campaign that lasted just over three months and employed 2,400 staff, some of whom are now suing . That... More »

Tulsi Gabbard Calls It Quits

Hawaii congresswoman drops out, endorses Joe Biden

(Newser) - Tulsi Gabbard is out. The Hawaii congresswoman dropped from the 2020 race on Thursday and endorsed Joe Biden, reports USA Today . Gabbard had barely been registering in the polls, and she had failed to qualify for any of the recent debates. She did, however, manage to win two delegates from... More »

'And Then There Were Two'

Sunday's debate will feature only two candidates: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

(Newser) - And then there were two. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are set to meet Sunday night in their first one-to-one presidential primary debate after months of Democratic free-for-alls that presaged a dramatic culling of the field since the opening round of the 2020 race, the AP reports. Some key questions... More »

Sanders' Remarks on Cuba Could Cost Him Big in Florida

Biden has advantage among various demographics, including Hispanics, ahead of Tuesday's primary

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign is struggling after Joe Biden's big wins in recent primaries, and another important state on the horizon also doesn't look particularly promising for the Vermont senator. Marc Caputo writes for Politico that after "Michigan broke Bernie Sanders' heart Tuesday, Florida looks ready to... More »

Biden Won After 'Suburban Surge'

Ex-VP racking up primary victories from suburbanites looking for a moderate

(Newser) - Former Vice President Joe Biden has solidly taken front-runner status after Tuesday's primaries , and a big part of his more recent victories can be attributed to what the Washington Post calls a "suburban surge." The paper notes that voter turnout in Michigan especially saw a spike in... More »

Joe Biden Mini-Gaffe Is Fresh Meat Online

The presidential candidate can't get 'Bernie Bros' quite right

(Newser) - Joe Biden took a swing at Bernie Sanders supporters Friday and stumbled into a gaffe that's classic Joe—which generated a few chuckles online, USA Today reports. "What we can't let happen is let this primary become a negative bloodbath," Biden said at a Maryland fundraiser.... More »

Report: Obama Told Biden He's Holding Off on Endorsements

Former president wants to be a 'unifier,' source says

(Newser) - The Democratic field is narrowing —but Barack Obama is in no rush to endorse a candidate. CNN , citing sources "close to Obama," report that the former president called Joe Biden, his former vice president, to congratulate him on his big win in the South Carolina primary , but... More »

Biden Makes a Big Claim After SC Win

Joe Biden and Sen. Sanders both hit the talk-show circuit

(Newser) - Joe Biden said Sunday he can "unite this country, the whole country" after scoring a comeback victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary that could force moderate rivals out of the race and blunt the rise of progressive leader Bernie Sanders, the AP reports. Biden vowed he would improve... More »

A New Poll Has Troubling News for Elizabeth Warren

She's trailing in her home state of Massachusetts

(Newser) - 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'... More »

Klobuchar, Buttigieg Rivalry Is Getting Nasty

These 2 really seem to dislike each other

(Newser) - The rough night suffered by Michael Bloomberg has dominated post-debate coverage, but another aspect of the Democratic race is also coming into focus: Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg appear to genuinely dislike each other. The Minnesota senator and the former South Bend mayor clashed numerous times, and Klobuchar seemed to... More »

Sanders: No More Medical Records Coming

Senator says he's shared as much 'as any other candidate'

(Newser) - After suffering a heart attack in October, Bernie Sanders vowed to release his full medical records because "the people do have a right to know about the health of ... somebody who's running for president." So much for that. On Tuesday, the winner of the New Hampshire primary... More »

2020 Paradox: Biden Trends Down in Polls, but Odds Go Up

538: No single candidate has been able to grab momentum yet, good news for former VP

(Newser) - Now that the dust has settled on Iowa and New Hampshire, a flurry of new polls suggests that the news for Joe Biden isn't as bleak as some think, according to an analysis at FiveThirtyEight . The reason? "They're not showing that any candidate has grabbed a ton... More »

Democratic Rivals May Have Blown It With Biden

He scared away promising rivals, writes David Leonhardt

(Newser) - A column by David Leonhardt in the New York Times on Sunday raises a provocative question with its headline: "Did Joe Biden Scare Off Our Next President?" The thinking is this: Biden's entry into the race as an instant front-runner kept promising moderates such as Mitch Landrieu on... More »

Bernie Gets New Boost From Ex-Rival

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio endorses Vermont senator for president

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders just got a high-profile endorsement from one of his former rivals for the Oval Office. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the presidential race himself in September, gave the Vermont senator the thumbs-up on Friday, which the New York Times notes is the... More »

Iowa Democratic Boss Resigns, Apologizes for Caucus Fiasco

Real results may never be known

(Newser) - The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party resigned Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner. The embarrassing episode also threatened Iowa's cherished status as the first contest of the... More »

As Rivals Struggle, Sanders Raises $25M

Fundraising provides a clear victory as rivals cut spending

(Newser) - While Sen. Bernie Sanders remains tied, more or less, atop the Iowa caucus results, he finished January far ahead of the field in fundraising. The presidential candidate raised $25 million last month, his best so far. That's more than any of his rivals collected in a full quarter last... More »

There's One 'Plausible' Path for Bloomberg to Win

Matt Bai argues that if Sanders builds momentum after Iowa, NH, Bloomberg has a shot

(Newser) - Just a couple of months ago, Baby Yoda was generating more buzz on social media than Michael Bloomberg, even though the latter had just announced a presidential run. Things may now be shifting, and Matt Bai makes a bold assertion at the Washington Post : "It might be time to... More »

A Familiar Face Returns to Next Debate

Andrew Yang meets polling requirement for Feb. 7 debate

(Newser) - The next Democratic debate won't be an all-white affair—and there will be somebody there to make the case for a universal basic income. Andrew Yang has become the seventh candidate to qualify for the Feb.7 debate in New Hampshire, which takes place just four days before the... More »

Iowa Has a New Front-Runner

Bernie Sanders holds a firm lead in new poll

(Newser) - With only nine days to go in Iowa, a New York Times /Siena College poll of likely caucusgoers has a new frontrunner—and he's no moderate. The survey of 1,689 registered Iowa voters puts Bernie Sanders in the lead at 25%, ahead of center-left hopefuls and a high-profile... More »

Harris Considers Endorsing a Former Opponent

'New York Times' reports she's leaning toward Biden

(Newser) - Kamala Harris is thinking about throwing her support to former opponent Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential race, party officials tell the New York Times . Biden has already said he'd consider picking her as a running mate, and an endorsement could put her in position for that. But there... More »

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