2020 Elections

The latest coverage of the 2020 presidential, House and Senate elections

  1. 2020 elections

    Biden pulls ahead in new Iowa poll

    There's some indication of fallout for Sanders and Warren over their recent spat.

    Joe Biden leads the Democratic field in Iowa, according to a new poll out Monday, two weeks before the Feb. 3 caucuses.

    The Focus on Rural America poll shows the former vice president with 24 percent and the next three top-tier candidates bunched behind him, with Elizabeth Warren at 18 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 16 percent and Bernie Sanders at 14 percent. Amy Klobuchar clocked in at 11 percent.

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    Bloomberg’s massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates

    Candidates running for other offices in Super Tuesday states are feeling the squeeze.

    Michael Bloomberg’s big-spending, shock-and-awe TV ad campaign has made politicking more expensive for everyone from his 2020 rivals to Senate, House and state legislative candidates around the country.

    Eight weeks into his presidential campaign, Bloomberg has already spent more money on advertising — $248 millionthan most candidates could spend in years. That amount has squeezed TV ad inventory in nearly every state, lowering supply and causing stations to raise ad prices at a time of high demand, as candidates around the country gear up for their primaries.

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    New York Times ed board endorses Warren, Klobuchar

    The newspaper’s dual endorsements come two weeks ahead of the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses.


    The New York Times’ editorial board endorsed two female senators for the Democratic nomination for president Sunday: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

    The Times’ editorial board sat with nine leading candidates last month for on-the-record interviews, transcripts of which were later annotated and published in full.

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    To win black support, Bloomberg acknowledges white privilege

    "My story might have turned out very differently if I had been black," said the billionaire in a much anticipated speech.

    TULSA, Okla. — Mike Bloomberg began his presidential campaign with an apology to African Americans — an acknowledgment of the racial inequities spurred by the controversial “stop and frisk” policing practice he oversaw as New York City mayor.

    It was also a recognition of the political realities confronting a campaign for the Democratic nomination that hinges on a strong performance on Super Tuesday, when black voters will cast a majority of the primary vote in a handful of states.

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    Booker: Maybe I’ll endorse someone

    “I'm not sure. Look, I'm literally still days — just days from stepping out of this race,” the senator said.

    Sen. Cory Booker on Sunday didn’t commit to endorsing a 2020 Democrat before the Iowa caucuses, but he promised to think hard about who would best “heal the nation.”

    “I'm not sure. Look, I'm literally still days — just days from stepping out of this race,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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    Bennet die-hards drawn to awkward, unusual New Hampshire campaign

    The Colorado senator's supporters hope he can emulate Gary Hart's rise from back of the pack to New Hampshire winner.


    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Michael Bennet is polling in 10th place. He hasn’t made a debate stage since July and won’t disclose how much money he raised last quarter.

    And he can be awkward on the stump: In one 45-minute stretch at a recent town hall, Bennet swung his hands so wildly while making a point that he hit a woman in the leg, he tripped over a stool holding his water, and he nearly tangled himself in a microphone cord while trying to take off his sport coat.

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    Sanders runs into resistance as he looks beyond Warren dispute

    The Vermont senator is making an effort to court women voters, but some are still stewing.


    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — When the head of New Hampshire’s leading foundation for women arrived at a local Women’s March to find she would be sharing the stage with Sen. Bernie Sanders, she backed out.

    At the same event, a prominent former state senator turned her back when he spoke.

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    Biden charges Sanders camp ‘doctored video’ to attack him

    Sanders has been sharply critical of the former vice president’s long-standing record of considering cuts to Social Security.


    INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension between the two campaigns in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

    “Let’s get the record straight,” Biden said at Simpson College here. “There’s a little, doctored video going around ... saying I agreed with Paul Ryan, the former vice presidential candidate, about wanting to privatize Social Security.”

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    Buttigieg tries to recapture Iowa magic

    The Democrat is laying off his rivals and pitching unity ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

    EMMETSBURG, Iowa – Pete Buttigieg is not touching the he-said-she-said between two of his chief primary rivals. In fact, he’s going to great lengths not to talk about any opponents at all, after spending the fall drawing contrasts with them.

    Instead, Buttigieg, who has dropped 5 to 7 points in the polling averages here in a few months, is trying to regain the first-place position he once held in Iowa, closing out on a message of party unity. He’s staying outside of the conversation dominating cable news, campaigning miles away from the impeachment proceedings that called his opponents in the Senate away to jury duty.

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    Never Trumpers flame out

    Joe Walsh and Bill Weld have failed to file in many of the states where GOP presidential primaries will be held this year.


    The "Never Trump" movement had once hoped to embarrass President Donald Trump in 2020 with a primary challenge that would expose the president’s weaknesses within his own party.

    But Trump’s GOP opponents are failing to even get on the ballot in many states, let alone gain traction with Republican voters.

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    Biden, Buttigieg grant big donors access at weekend campaign retreats

    Both candidates have built large benches of fundraisers they’ll rely on through the slew of expensive early-state contests.

    Donors to both Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are flocking to the Midwest this weekend for campaign donor retreats, where they will rub elbows with the candidates’ staffers and receive insider details about the campaigns’ Iowa caucus strategies.

    Biden and Buttigieg are the only early-state frontrunners still vying for wealthy donors’ money in the Democratic primary — and the weekend retreats are taking place at a crucial moment for both their campaigns. Both candidates have built large benches of campaign fundraisers they’ll rely on to help raise money through the slew of expensive early-state contests.

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    Justices to consider faithless electors, ahead of 2020 vote

    The justices will hear arguments in April and should issue a decision by late June.

    The Supreme Court said Friday it will decide ahead of the 2020 election whether presidential electors are bound to support the popular vote winner in their states or can opt for someone else.

    Advocates for the court’s intervention say the issue needs urgent resolution in an era of intense political polarization and the prospect of a razor-thin margin in a presidential election, although so-called faithless electors have been a footnote so far in American history.

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    ‘Clever’: Biden plays the Obama card

    Biden's latest ad borrows from the former president's speech praising his vice president before awarding him the Medal of Freedom.

    Barack Obama hasn’t endorsed his former vice president, Joe Biden. But you wouldn’t know that from watching Biden’s newest campaign ad.

    “We all know that on its own, his work does not capture the full measure of Joe Biden,” Obama says in the ad, piano music lightly rippling in the background as black and white images of the former vice president flash on the screen, before calling Biden “a resilient and loyal and humble servant.”

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    Trump accuses Dems of using impeachment trial to hurt Sanders campaign

    The president is suggesting Nancy Pelosi orchestrated the timing of the trial to give Joe Biden a boost.


    President Donald Trump on Friday accused Democrats of trying to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, echoing allegations from Sanders supporters during the 2016 primary.

    “They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously,” Trump said in a pair of tweets, claiming that Democrats were using his impeachment trial beginning next week to keep Sanders off the campaign trail in the critical final weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

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    Trump jabs at ‘Mini Mike Bloomberg’ for debate stage absence

    The president tweeted that the former New York mayor “is a terrible debater and speaker.”


    President Donald Trump on Friday accused Michael Bloomberg of skirting the 2020 Democratic primary debates for fear of embarrassing himself on stage — training his Twitter fire on the former New York mayor for the second time this week.

    “Mini Mike Bloomberg doesn’t get on the Democrat Debate Stage because he doesn’t want to - he is a terrible debater and speaker,” Trump wrote online. “If he did, he would go down in the polls even more (if that is possible!).”

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  16. Biden picks up endorsement from key black lawmaker

    Sewell said Biden is the preferred candidate of the base of the Democratic Party: black women.

    Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell endorsed Joe Biden for president Friday, giving the former vice president his 11th endorsement from a black member of Congress heading into the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

    The timing is no coincidence: Sewell said Biden’s life work has exemplified King’s legacy, and that’s why she’s choosing to announce her support for him now.

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    Democrats stop betting on a Biden implosion

    Rival campaigns are working to persuade Iowa caucus-goers to shift support to someone other than Biden if their candidates fall short on Feb. 3.

    DES MOINES — It took more than a year, but the Democratic presidential primary is finally coming to terms with the fact that Joe Biden isn’t going to collapse before the first votes are cast.

    If anything, the landscape is tilting more in his favor.

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    Trump gets huge boost from anti-abortion group

    The Susan B. Anthony List and its partner PAC will launch the $52 million effort to back the president’s reelection and protect Senate Republicans’ majority.

    Before Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, agreed to chair the Donald J. Trump for President Pro-life Coalition in 2016, she requested a list of commitments in writing from the Republican nominee.

    To ensure that Trump, who described himself as “very pro-choice” not two decades earlier, wouldn’t betray anti-abortion conservatives as president, Dannenfelser asked that he promise to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, codify into law the Hyde Amendment limiting the use of federal money for abortions, enact legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks and strictly nominate anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court.

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    How to run an impeachment trial

    Plus, what's new in 2020 before the Iowa caucuses

    It’s time for a new episode of Nerdcast, POLITICO’s podcast on the White House and politics. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep into the political landscape and the latest numbers that matter.

    This week, Scott talks to polling expert Steven Shepard and House campaign reporter Ally Mutnick about the latest 2020 election developments. Plus, senior reporter Darren Samuelsohn joins us to walk through exactly what to expect as the impeachment trial begins in the Senate.

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    Warren and Bernie try to move on as conflict shakes 2020 primary

    But fully exorcising the spat that led to their post-debate confrontation is proving more difficult than simply saying it’s over.

    Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don’t want to talk about it.

    “I have no further comment on this,” Warren told reporters Thursday. Sanders didn’t want any part of it either, staying quiet as reporters pelted him with questions, while his campaign circulated a set of new talking points, obtained by POLITICO, that read: “Please refrain from commenting on the CNN story on the meeting between Bernie and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.”

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