Buttigieg, Steyer, Warren air new Iowa ads

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January 28, 2020: Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren are airing new ads in Iowa. Michael Bloomberg became the first 2020 presidential candidate to visit all 14 Super Tuesday states. blank    blankblank   

Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Emerson College • Iowa • January 23-26, 2020)
Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Suffolk University • Iowa • January 23-26, 2020)

Notable Quote of the Day

“Political experts in the state told me that the vast majority of New Hampshire’s undeclared voters aren’t really independent in the true sense of the word; they are typically Democrats or Republicans who don’t like labels and want flexibility. And while independents like Dustin can certainly juice a candidate’s numbers (they helped give independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders his historic 22-point win in 2016 and propelled John McCain to victory in 2008), they’re typically not enough to swing an election.

‘Nobody’s ever won because they won the independents,’ said Andy Smith, a University of New Hampshire pollster. Smith, who has polled voters in the state for decades, told me no candidate since 1972 has won without capturing a plurality of the state’s registered voters.

Undeclared voters’ ‘influence is greatly exaggerated,’ he said. ‘Feared, but exaggerated.’”

– Ella Nilsen, Vox


  • Michael BennetAmy KlobucharBernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren remain in Washington, D.C., for the impeachment trial.

  • Bennet said he would spend any available time away from the impeachment trial in New Hampshire, including Feb. 3, when the Iowa caucuses take place.

  • Politico reported that Joe Biden was focusing on Iowa and Nevada and had scaled back spending in New Hampshire. His first ad buy of the year in New Hampshire came on Monday for $105,000.

  • After campaigning in Vermont and Maine on Monday, Michael Bloomberg became the first 2020 presidential candidate to visit all 14 Super Tuesday states.

  • Pete Buttigieg launched his final ad in Iowa on Monday. He says in the clip that it’s time to turn “to a bold vision for the next generation.”

  • Tulsi Gabbard will campaign in North Conway, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. She crossed the donor threshold for the Feb. 7 debate but has not yet met the polling requirement.

  • Deval Patrick discussed his campaign strategy in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday.

  • Sanders launched his first television ads in Nevada. The ads, two in English and one in Spanish, focus on economic issues and healthcare.

  • Tom Steyer is holding a town hall in Ankeny, Iowa, on Tuesday. He is airing a new ad in the four early nominating states that features Greenwood City Councilwoman Edith Childs.

  • Warren is airing two new ads in Iowa: one features her Republican family members and the other writer Roxane Gay.

  • Andrew Yang continues his bus tour across Iowa on Tuesday with town halls in Perry and Nevada.


Flashback: January 28, 2016

Donald Trump boycotted the Republican primary debate on Fox News.

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