2020 Elections

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

  1. 2020 elections

    Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star

    Pete Buttigieg’s husband is now headlining fundraisers solo, helping power the mayor’s 2020 campaign as he focuses on Iowa and New Hampshire.

    Chasten Buttigieg has gone viral on social media and supported his husband on the presidential campaign trail. Now, he’s playing a new role for Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 bid: rainmaker.

    Chasten is slated to be the sole headline draw for several Pete for America fundraisers over the next month, starting with an event in Chicago this week. In October, Chasten will swing through New York City for another fundraiser, followed by a trip overseas to raise money from Americans living abroad in London on Oct. 22, according to event invitations obtained by POLITICO.

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    Trump sets sights on Indian American voters ahead of 2020

    The president hopes to appeal to Indian Americans at massive ‘Howdy Modi’ rally with popular Indian leader.

    President Donald Trump is expected to headline his largest rally yet on Sunday, when he appears in Houston to appeal to a growing political force in the United States: Indian Americans.

    Trump will speak to an expected crowd of 50,000, mostly Indian Americans, who are flocking to the most diverse city in the nation to catch a glimpse of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at what is being touted as the largest event in the U.S. for a leader of foreign country.

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    Warren on pace with Biden in Iowa

    An authoritative poll reflects both the resilience of Warren's months-long surge and a potential softening of Biden's campaign.

    Elizabeth Warren has pulled slightly ahead of Joe Biden for the first time in Iowa, as the gulf between the two frontrunners and the rest of the field widens.

    Bernie Sanders has fallen to 11 percent in the state, while Warren is running ahead of Biden by a slight margin, 22 percent to 20 percent, according to a Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll released Saturday evening.

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  4. Bernie Sanders has parted ways with one of his deputy field directors in Iowa, the campaign confirmed Saturday.

    Kevin Lata joined the Vermont senator's 2020 team after working in several positions during Sanders' first run for the White House. Lata said he left the campaign a few months ago. He is now managing Margaret Good's congressional bid in Florida.

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    Biden goes hard after Trump in Iowa over Ukraine accusations

    While media coverage over his dealings with Ukraine is swamping Trump, it also has singed Biden’s son and is raising questions about Biden’s campaign for president.

    DES MOINES — Joe Biden moved quickly under an arch of balloons and a marching band, past an ice cream truck and dozens of supporters — then he lit into Donald Trump.

    At the Polk County Steak Fry, one of the biggest political affairs of the year here, where presidential candidates work to woo Iowa caucus goers, Biden’s early order of business instead was first to wrest control of a burgeoning scandal involving Trump and the Ukraine.

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    Booker campaign warns end is near without fundraising surge

    The New Jersey senator's campaign manager said in a memo to Booker staff and supporters that an influx of cash was needed to build an organization that can compete.

    Cory Booker’s presidential campaign is betting it all on the next 10 days, signaling Saturday that it will cease to exist unless it can raise nearly $2 million by the end of the month.

    “We have reached a critical moment, and time is running out,” campaign manager Addisu Demissie warned in a memo to Booker staff and supporters. “It’s now or never: The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination.”

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    Why Trump’s Ukraine scandal could backfire on Biden

    An extended discussion about his son’s business dealings isn’t helpful to Biden’s electability argument.

    Joe Biden had a chance to excoriate Donald Trump on Friday after a blockbuster report detailed how the president pushed Ukrainian investigators to investigate Biden’s son.

    Instead, Biden was circumspect and measured in a comment to reporters.

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  8. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will headline a big-ticket fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in October, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.

    The pair will star at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum conference, taking place in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16 and 17. The event, which has been held each year since 1993, will focus on the 2020 election. Past headliners have included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

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  9. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has hired Cecilia Cabello, a former operative for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and state director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, to run its operation in California.

    Cabello will serve as the campaign's California state director, the Buttigieg campaign confirmed.

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  10. President Donald Trump on Friday taunted Bill de Blasio within minutes of the New York mayor’s withdrawal from the 2020 White House race, tweeting sarcastically that the low-polling candidate’s announcement was a major news event.

    “Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years!” Trump wrote online. “Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”

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    Bill de Blasio ends 2020 presidential campaign

    Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his long-shot presidential bid Friday morning four months after he began, acknowledging he had no chance of winning the Democratic nomination.

    “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s clearly not my time,” he said in announcing his plans on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “So I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic party that stands for working people.”

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  12. Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has hired a black engagement director to improve the mayor's standing among African American voters in the Democratic primary.

    Angela M. Angel, a former state legislator in Maryland, will take charge of the Buttigieg campaign’s outreach to black voters. So far, Buttigieg has sought to do so by touting his Douglass Plan, a set of proposals aimed at fighting systemic racism and helping black Americans. But Buttigieg's polling numbers among African Americans have remained low.

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    DNC set to squeeze Dem debate stage again

    The 2020 Democratic field is eagerly awaiting the next round of DNC debate criteria, which could shrink participation again in November.


    As Democratic presidential candidates barrel into the fall, they are still waiting for the party to write the rules for the most important events of the campaign.

    The candidates are bracing for another round of strict new debate criteria from the Democratic National Committee, which has already halved the list of candidates making the debate stage and could once again shrink it drastically within weeks.

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  14. Iowa Democrats want to create satellite locations for their 2020 presidential caucuses in places as varied as group homes and factories, as they try to make the contest more accessible.

    A new proposal from the state party, made public Thursday, aims to expand the caucus sites and accommodate those who are unable to show up to their local precincts on Feb. 3, 2020 — voters like shift workers, people with disabilities, military personnel and students. As it stands, caucus-goers must turn up in person to their local precinct in order to take part in the event, which can often take several hours. Those interested in holding a satellite caucus would have to submit an application to a review committee, which would make a determination.

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    O'Rourke rips Schumer for doing 'absolutely nothing' on guns


    AURORA, Colo. — Beto O’Rourke lit into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on gun control on Thursday, accusing him of doing “absolutely nothing” on the issue.

    “Ask Chuck Schumer what he’s been able to get done,” the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters after a town hall here, responding to Schumer’s recent dismissal of O’Rourke’s call for a mandatory buyback of assault weapons. “We still don’t have background checks. Didn’t have them when he was in the majority, either. So the game that he’s played, the politics that he’s pursued have given us absolutely nothing and have produced a situation where we lose nearly 40,000 of our fellow Americans every year.”

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    Buttigieg pops Warren over ‘evasive’ answers on health care plan


    Pete Buttigieg on Thursday took a swipe at fellow 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren, knocking the Massachusetts senator for a lack of transparency about how she’d pay for her “Medicare for All” plan.

    During an interview on CNN’s “The Lead,” anchor Jake Tapper pointed out that Buttigieg first appeared to take a dig at several of his opponents in a Washington Post op-ed rolling out his own health care plan.

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    Yang dishes on why Trump won, Asian jokes and how he'll 'shock the world'

    The tech entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate sits for a lengthy interview with POLITICO.


    Andrew Yang — the crowd surfing, “Cupid Shuffling” 44-year-old entrepreneur whose cure-all for America’s economic ills is to give every citizen $1,000 a month — is easily the most unconventional candidate in the 2020 field.

    Yet Yang, once dismissed as an entertaining sideshow, has shot past sitting senators and former cabinet secretaries to the sixth position on the last debate stage.

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    Sanders camp pushes to extend N.Y. voter registration deadline


    Bernie Sanders supporters complained in 2016 that New York’s strict party registration deadline locked many of them out of the presidential primary, because state voters must be signed on as Democrats six months before Election Day in order to participate.

    In 2020, Sanders’ campaign is determined to avoid a repeat.

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