Election 2020

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New York Makes Unprecedented Primary Move

It has canceled the Democratic primary

(Newser) - New York's Democratic presidential primary has been axed—making it the first state to make such a move. The two Democrats on the New York State Board of Elections said it wasn't worth the risk of spreading the coronavirus just to hold "essentially a beauty contest,"... More »

Stacey Abrams: 'Willing to Serve'

She's in if she's Joe Biden's VP pick

(Newser) - Count Stacey Abrams in. "As a young black girl growing up in Mississippi, I learned that if I didn’t speak up for myself, no one else would, so ... my mission is to say out loud if I’m asked the question, 'Yes, I would be willing to... More »

Biden on Election: I Think Trump Will Try to Delay It

Trump campaign fires back, calls Biden comment a 'conspiracy theory'

(Newser) - On Nov. 3, the country will vote for the next US president—though Joe Biden is worried the current president may attempt to postpone that process. "Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it... More »

Gore Endorses Biden Against 'Face of Climate Denial'

'This is not rocket science,' he says

(Newser) - Democratic former vice presidents including Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Al Gore haven't had much success running for president—but Gore hopes Joe Biden will be able to break the streak. Gore tweeted his endorsement of Biden ahead of an Earth Day event Wednesday, the New York Times reports.... More »

Biden Wants Michelle Obama on Board: Report

The de facto Democratic candidate wants her support

(Newser) - Michelle Obama, the VP pick? Probably not, but Fox News reports that Joe Biden's camp is talking to the former first lady about getting her endorsement and drawing her into his campaign. "We know what pretty much everyone in America does: Michelle Obama is probably the most beloved... More »

Biden, Trump Blame China, Each Other

Big buys in battleground states make pandemic response the issue

(Newser) - With the Trump administration increasingly blaming the pandemic on China, the president's reelection campaign has broadened the attacks to include Joe Biden. America First Action, the main super PAC supporting President Trump, spent $10 million on TV ads to run in battleground states that say China "stole American... More »

Biden Weighs Unusual Move Involving Cabinet Picks

He might do so before the election

(Newser) - The presumptive Democratic nominee is stuck at home in Delaware—but he's still preparing to be president. Joe Biden said during a virtual fundraiser Thursday that he started putting together his transition team soon after his Super Tuesday primary wins, the Hill reports. The team will help him with... More »

Here's Why Joe Biden Should Pick Amy Klobuchar

For one thing, she's 'ideologically simpatico'

(Newser) - Oddsmakers like Kamala Harris . Elizabeth Warren has made clear she'd be open to a spot on the ticket. But at the Washington Post , David Byler lays out the case for Amy Klobuchar to be Joe Biden's pick for vice president. Yes, an all-white ticket isn't ideal in... More »

Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Hesitate on VP Question

Says she'd be Biden's running mate: 'We both want the same thing'

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren is ready to step into the role of vice presidential candidate if asked. The Massachusetts senator on Wednesday told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that she would accept the role of Joe Biden's running mate should he offer it to her, per NBC News . "We both want... More »

Trump May Get New Challenger From the Right

Independent congressman Justin Amash says he is considering a 2020 run for president

(Newser) - The November vote is all but certain to be President Trump vs. Joe Biden. But now a third well-known name might be added to the mix: Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning independent from Michigan, announced on Twitter that he is considering a third-party run, reports MLive . It all began when... More »

Biden Receives Biggest Endorsement Yet

Obama backs him for president

(Newser) - On Monday, Joe Biden picked up the endorsement of Bernie Sanders . On Tuesday, an even bigger one came his way. Barack Obama formally backed Biden's 2020 bid in a video . "These aren't normal times," said Obama in the opening of his 12-minute message. The coronavirus pandemic... More »

Biden's Lead Over Trump May Be Weaker Than It Appears

The two probably are running close in the battleground states

(Newser) - Joe Biden seems to be in a good position at the moment to unseat President Trump. The former vice president is up by an average of 6 percentage points nationally among registered voters. But we still have the Electoral College, and Nate Cohn points out in the New York Times... More »

Bernie Sanders Endorses Biden

Senator wants all Americans to help defeat 'dangerous' Trump

(Newser) - Joe Biden just scored a big endorsement—that of his last vanquished Democratic rival. Bernie Sanders on Monday formally backed the former vice president in the 2020 race, reports the Hill . During a Biden online forum about the coronavirus, Sanders made an appearance and asked all Americans to rally behind... More »

Accusations Against Joe Biden Gaining Steam

Tara Reade is talking to more outlets about her sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - More is coming out from the former aide to Joe Biden who has accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexually assaulting her during the early 1990s when he was a senator. Biden’s campaign denies the charges. In two recent interviews with the AP , Tara Reade alleged the assault... More »

Now the Big Biden Question: Who Is VP?

Kamala Harris is seen as a top contender to be his running mate

(Newser) - Now that Bernie Sanders has dropped out , focus is turning to the VP pick of presumptive nominee Joe Biden. The former vice president already has pledged to pick a woman as his running mate, and Aaron Blake of the Washington Post ranks the "most logical" candidates. No. 1 on... More »

Bernie Sanders Explains His Exit

Trump gloats as senator makes way for Biden

(Newser) - "I wish I could give you better news but I think you know the truth," Bernie Sanders told supporters Wednesday, announcing the end of his White House bid. The senator acknowledged that he is 300 delegates behind Joe Biden, making victory "virtually impossible," CNN reports. He... More »

Bernie Sanders Ends His Bid for the Presidency

Leaving Joe Biden the likely nominee

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party's establishment swiftly lined up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday. It's an acknowledgment that after wins in places like South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida, the former vice president... More »

Wisconsin Voters Wait Hours to Cast Their Ballots

In Milwaukee, 5 of 180 traditional polling places opened

(Newser) - Thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in line to cast ballots and the National Guard staffed overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday, straining the state's ability to hold a presidential primary election under the lash of an escalating pandemic. At the same time, many voters said they did not receive... More »

Election Is On in Wisconsin After Supreme Court Rulings

State, US courts block governor's postponement

(Newser) - Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the pandemic. Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Monday postponing the election for two months, the AP reports,... More »

Coronavirus May Make Election 2020 Even Weirder

Biden says online Democratic convention is 'very possible'

(Newser) - Joe Biden said Sunday that the Democratic National Convention, already delayed until August because of the coronavirus, may need to take place online as the pandemic continues to reshape the race for the White House, the AP reports. The party "may have to do a virtual convention,” the... More »

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