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  1. 2020 Elections

    Biden says he is still confident heading into South Carolina

    The Palmetto State is to vote Saturday.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said he remained confident that he will win the upcoming South Carolina primary with strong support from African-Americans in the state.

    "I feel good about where we are. I feel good about going into South Carolina," Biden told CBS’ "Face the Nation" in an interview airing Sunday. "And I feel good about the kind of support I've had with African-Americans around the country."

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  2. nevada caucuses

    Sanders eviscerates the conventional wisdom about why he can't win

    In Nevada, he exposed his main rivals as weak, divided, and grasping at increasingly tenuous arguments about their viability.


    LAS VEGAS — On Saturday in Nevada, Bernie Sanders laid waste not just to his five main rivals but also to every shard of conventional wisdom about the Democratic presidential primaries.

    You could see the dominoes of punditry cliches falling inside the caucus rooms. At the Bellagio Hotel, which held one of several “Strip caucuses” meant to be easily accessible to hospitality workers along Vegas’ main drag, 75 Sanders supporters gathered along the wall of a ballroom.

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  3. 2020 elections

    Biden claims comeback despite distant second finish to Sanders

    Next week's South Carolina primary looks like do or die for him.

    LAS VEGAS — Second is the new first for Joe Biden.

    After dismal fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden sounded a victorious note when he took the stage at a union hall here and declared a comeback — even though fewer than a 10 percent of the precincts were in and showed him in a distant second to Bernie Sanders.

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  4. Nevada caucuses

    How Bernie built a big win in Nevada

    Sanders built an unshakable coalition of liberals, Latinos and young voters — many of whom decided to vote for him months ago.


    Bernie Sanders locked in a base of voters — young, Latino and liberal — that was more than enough to propel him to a decisive victory in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses.

    The 78-year-old Vermont senator captured majorities, or near-majorities, of Nevada Democratic voters in a crowded field, including voters under age 45, those who call themselves “very liberal” and Hispanic voters, who made up nearly one-fifth of caucus goers.

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  5. Nevada Caucuses

    Bernie wins again

    The Vermont senator easily bests his rivals in Nevada to cement his frontrunner status. A close battle is shaping up for second place.

    LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders didn’t just win the Nevada caucuses.

    He was crushing the rest of the primary field, closing in on another early-state victory and proving an ability to broaden what was once believed to be a narrow coalition.

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  6. 2020 elections

    'It could be a zoo': Nevada on edge as caucus day arrives

    Campaigns are already complaining about how the caucus is being conducted.

    LAS VEGAS — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez warned earlier this week that results from Nevada’s caucus on Saturday might not be released the same day — an apparent attempt to lower expectations after the meltdown in Iowa.

    But the Nevada Democratic Party had a different message as the caucus approached: “We plan to have results out on caucus day,” communications director Molly Forgey said.

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  7. campaign finance

    Warren, Biden and Buttigieg dangerously close to going broke

    Apart from Bernie and the billionaires, the Democratic presidential field is hurting for cash.

    Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren each started the month scraping perilously close to the bottom of their campaign bank accounts, posing an existential threat to their candidacies as the Democratic primary goes national.

    They’re up against well-funded machines threatening to dominate the Democratic race: Bernie Sanders, whose recent rise in the polls has come during a major spending streak fueled by his online donors, and billionaire Mike Bloomberg, whose fortune has vaulted him into the middle of the campaign to take on President Donald Trump.

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  8. 2020 elections

    Bloomberg quietly plotting brokered convention strategy

    The effort is designed as a potential backstop to block Bernie Sanders by poaching supporters from Joe Biden and other moderates.

    LAS VEGAS — Mike Bloomberg is privately lobbying Democratic Party officials and donors allied with his moderate opponents to flip their allegiance to him — and block Bernie Sanders — in the event of a brokered national convention.

    The effort, largely executed by Bloomberg’s senior state-level advisers in recent weeks, attempts to prime Bloomberg for a second-ballot contest at the Democratic National Convention in July by poaching supporters of Joe Biden and other moderate Democrats, according to two Democratic strategists familiar with the talks and unaffiliated with Bloomberg.

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  9. 2020 Elections

    Poll: Biden leads Sanders, Steyer in South Carolina

    But the former vice president's advantage is much smaller in a new Winthrop University poll than it was last fall.


    Joe Biden's once-yawning advantage in South Carolina is now just a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer, according to a Winthrop University poll released Thursday.

    In the poll, Biden is at 24 percent support. He’s followed by Sanders’ 19 percent and Steyer’s 15 percent — the only other candidates in double-digits.

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  10. 2020 elections

    Elizabeth Warren, unbound

    The long-restrained Democratic hopeful came to Vegas itching for a fight — and did not disappoint.


    You’re probably having a bad night if Chuck Todd asks, “Should you exist?”

    That was the gutting query from one of the NBC moderators to Mike Bloomberg about 80 minutes into the former New York mayor’s debate debut Wednesday evening in Las Vegas.

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  11. analysis

    Thank you, Mike Bloomberg, for rescuing the debate

    His performance may have stunk, but he inspired rivals to some of their best performances so far.


    Mike Bloomberg may have bought his way onto the debate stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, but the rest of us are in his debt.

    These once-every-couple-weeks rituals had become so familiar that watching till the end was a chore. Anyone interested in the future of the Democratic Party had no trouble sticking through all two hours of this latest one. It was raucous and occasionally rude—also substantive and relevant to the choice Democrats are in the midst of making. At a minimum, it was free of artifice.

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  12. 2020 democratic debates

    Bloomberg bombs in debate debut

    The vulnerabilities of a candidacy built on TV ads are exposed on live TV.


    He rolled his eyes when Elizabeth Warren pressed him to release women at his company from nondisclosure agreements related to alleged mistreatment.

    He suggested he can’t simply use TurboTax, like many Americans, to crunch his billions to speed up the release of his tax returns.

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  13. What happened in Vegas? Who won, who lost and takeaways from the Democratic debate

    Warren gave herself a big jolt, Sanders deflected attacks on his frontrunning campaign and Bloomberg took heat from everyone.


    LAS VEGAS — It took less than five minutes for Elizabeth Warren to set the tone for Wednesday’s debate.

    She lept into the middle of a Bernie Sanders-MikeBloomberg tiff over electability to denounce Bloomberg’s treatment of women, stirring waves of applause in the debate hall — and setting off a rollicking two hours when the Democratic presidential candidates finally said what they really think about each other.

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  14. OPINION | Fourth Estate

    Why the Running Mate Will Really Matter This Time

    With four leading presidential contenders in their 70s, the VP slot has never been more meaningful.

    The vice presidency—likened to a “warm bucket of piss” by John Nance Garner, who suffered eight years in the office under FDR, and called a political dead end by others—has miraculously become Washington’s second most desirable job.

    It’s not that the job has changed. What’s given the vice presidency a new sheen is the advanced age of four leading contenders for the presidency—Donald Trump, 73; Bernie Sanders, 78; Mike Bloomberg, 78; and Joe Biden, 77. None of the four amigos is likely to croak tomorrow, but the actuarial odds are bending against them. One scholar on aging reports that Trump has an 84.8 percent chance of surviving a 2020 term, while Sanders, Bloomberg and Biden rate several percentage points worse.

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  15. 2020 elections

    Bloomberg takes a beating, Sanders defends socialism in fiery debate

    Six Democratic candidates slam each other ahead of the Nevada caucuses.

    Democrats came out hot in Las Vegas on Wednesday with a new target onstage: Mike Bloomberg.

    For the first time since his late entry into the race and after a $400 million ad campaign, Bloomberg faced five other Democrats eager to take him down in an unscripted environment.

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  16. 2020 elections

    Biden wins endorsement from prominent Texas Latina lawmaker

    The former vice president now boasts six supporters from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

    Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas endorsed Joe Biden on Wednesday, giving the former vice president his sixth supporter from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

    Garcia, who served as one of the House’s seven impeachment managers during the Senate’s trial last month, represents a majority-Hispanic district that covers parts of Houston.

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  17. 2020 elections

    Sanders surges to double-digit lead in new nationwide poll

    Bernie Sanders’ support has climbed 9 points to 31 percent since December.


    Sen. Bernie Sanders solidified his frontrunner status on Tuesday in the race to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, building a double-digit lead over the rest of the field in a poll released ahead of Saturday's Nevada caucuses.

    It was Mike Bloomberg who seized many of the early headlines from the release of the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which qualified the billionaire self-funder for his first appearance at a Democratic presidential debate. But the former New York mayor finished second in the poll behind Sanders, who finished 12 percentage points clear of second-place Bloomberg.

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  18. 2020 elections

    Poll: Bloomberg, Sanders, Biden top the Democratic field in Virginia

    Virginia is one of more than a dozen states holding Democratic primaries on March 3.

    A new survey shows Democratic presidential candidates Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden locked in a tight race in Virginia just two weeks before its Super Tuesday primary.

    Both Bloomberg and Sanders enjoy the support of 22 percent of respondents who are likely to participate in the Democratic primary, according to a Monmouth University poll released on Tuesday.

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  19. 2020 elections

    ‘What the hell’s the matter with your campaign?’

    Joe Biden shrugs off critics and sticks to his game plan in Nevada.

    LAS VEGAS — The crowds remain small. The message is the same. The schedule is still light.

    Joe Biden is campaigning in Nevada in much the same way he did in Iowa and New Hampshire, where he suffered back-to-back losses that transformed him from frontrunner to underdog.

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  20. 2020 elections

    Mike Bloomberg just made the debate. Can he keep his cool?

    The former New York mayor knows his opponents are coming after him at Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas — and he's been preparing for weeks.


    Mike Bloomberg’s free-spending campaign rollout has rocketed him into contention for the Democratic nomination — but he now faces a challenge immune to his fortune.

    The multibillionaire qualified for Wednesday’s nationally televised debate in Las Vegas, clocking in at 19 percent in a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll on Tuesday — good for second place behind only Sen. Bernie Sanders. But making the debate stage threatens to lay bare one vulnerability Bloomberg's wealth cannot guard against: himself.

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