Election 2020

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Poll Shows Trump and Biden Running Close

President's support for November lags approval rating

(Newser) - With his approval rating at a high point , President Trump is now running nearly even with Vice President Joe Biden among voters in a new poll. As the pandemic has worsened, the president has erased most of last month's 7-point gap between the two, the Washington Post reports. Biden'... More »

Bernie Sanders Isn't Quitting

Campaign says he'll be in next debate

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has been focusing on the coronavirus pandemic instead of the Democratic nomination—but he isn't ready to give up on the latter. His campaign says he will take part in the Democratic debate in April, if there is one, the New York Times reports. The last debate... More »

GOP Still 'Fully Committed' to Convention

Alternatives have not been discussed, RNC says

(Newser) - Major summer events including the Olympics have been canceled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic—but it's full steam ahead for the Republican National Convention, according to organizers. The North Carolina Republican Party says they are still planning to hold their statewide convention in May and the Republican National... More »

Another State Delays Its Primary

Meanwhile, the AP takes a look at voting by mail

(Newser) - Connecticut has become the seventh state to delay its primary due to the coronavirus pandemic; it was originally scheduled for April 28 but will now be held June 2, the Hill reports. Meanwhile, voting rights groups and the head of the Democratic National Committee want the states with remaining primary... 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 »

Trump No Longer Has a GOP Challenger

Bill Weld no longer a 2020 presidential candidate

(Newser) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is ending his primary challenge to President Donald Trump, the AP reports. Weld said in a statement Wednesday that he was suspending his 2020 Republican presidential bid. It came hours after Trump secured the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at... More »

Sanders: It's Time to 'Assess'

Candidate had another rough primary night, but isn't calling it quits

(Newser) - After another rough primary night , Bernie Sanders will now "assess" the future of his 2020 run, his campaign manager said Wednesday. As Politico points out, the phrase is often trotted out by candidates on the brink of calling it quits. When Elizabeth Warren did so, for example, she bowed... More »

Sanders Under Pressure After Biden's Triple Win

Biden reaches out to Sanders supporters

(Newser) - Joe Biden cruised to victory in all three states that held Democratic primaries Tuesday—but there were no triumphant rallies in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona for him to address. Instead, the former vice president, obeying federal guidance against gatherings of more than 10 people, addressed supporters from his home in... More »

It's a Clean Sweep for Joe Biden

He takes Florida, Illinois, and Arizona

(Newser) - Polls have closed in the three states that went ahead with their primaries Tuesday, and the result is another dominating night for Joe Biden. The former VP cemented his lead over Bernie Sanders in the delegate race by sweeping all three contests—Florida, Illinois, and Arizona, as called by the... More »

Another State Delays Its Primary, With an Asterisk

Maryland won't vote until June 2, with one exception

(Newser) - The election 2020 timeline is getting another adjustment due to the novel coronavirus. Maryland on Tuesday became the fifth state to shift its primary, which had been scheduled for April 28. It will now be held June 2. Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio have already made similar moves. But Maryland'... More »

Another Major Primary Called Off

Ohio's health director declares health emergency

(Newser) - Ohio's Tuesday primary has been called off despite a judge's refusal to grant a temporary restraining order. Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday night that polls would be closed under an emergency order from Health Director Amy Acton, reports the Columbus Dispatch . "During this time when we face... More »

Ohio Gov.: I Don't Think We Should Vote Tuesday

But a court will decide whether primary goes ahead

(Newser) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state's primary should not be held Tuesday, in light of the latest CDC guidance that no gatherings of 50 people or more be held to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. "It is clear that tomorrow's in-person voting does not... More »

'11th Time Was the Charm' at Biden-Sanders Debate

Strong night may have sealed it for Biden

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders needed a clear victory in Sunday night's debate to regain momentum in the race for the Democratic nomination. Most analysts say he didn't get one, despite some strong moments in his first head-to-head debate with Joe Biden. In a live audience-free debate overshadowed by the coronavirus... More »

Biden Commits to a Female Running Mate

Sanders said he will do the same 'in all likelihood'

(Newser) - In a debate dominated by discussion of the coronavirus outbreak , Joe Biden promised to pick a woman as his running mate if he becomes the Democratic nominee. "I commit that I will, in fact, pick a woman to be vice president," the former vice president said. "There... 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 »

First State Delays Primary Over Virus

Louisiana puts April vote on hold

(Newser) - The coronavirus is now officially affecting the 2020 election. Louisiana has postponed its April 4 primary, becoming the first state to make the move, reports the Advocate . For now, the state is planning to hold the vote in June. The delay is part of the ongoing national push to discourage... More »

Bloomberg Shells Out Another $500K

He donates $500K to group registering Latino voters

(Newser) - "We need to make sure that Latinos who are eligible to vote are registered and we get them to the polls," Mike Bloomberg said Thursday in announcing a $500,000 donation to the effort. The billionaire said the money would go to Voto Latino, a group co-founded by... 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 »

Sanders Explains His Next Steps, Strategically

He's staying in the race, but didn't attack Joe Biden

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders may be down after his Tuesday night losses, but he's certainly not out. In Wednesday comments, the Democratic candidate said he was staying in the race and looking forward to his Sunday night one-on-one debate with Joe Biden. In what CNN describes as "unusually frank and... More »

Biden's Michigan Win Shows Democrats Want One Thing

And that should have Trump worried

(Newser) - Much is being made of Joe Biden's Tuesday night win in Michigan—and, on the flip side, Bernie Sanders' loss there and what it means for the candidate. But there's another 2020 candidate who should be just as concerned by Biden's victory, say pundits: President Trump. A... More »

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