Democrats expand operations in Nevada, South Carolina

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
February 14, 2020: Democrats are sending additional staffers to Nevada and South Carolina. The Las Vegas Sun and The Las Vegas Weekly endorsed both Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar.


Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Jamal Brown

Jamal Brown is a Democratic staffer with experience in political communications. Brown graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and women’s and gender studies in 2008. He has no previous election campaign experience.

Other experience:

  • 2018-2019: The School of the New York Times, marketing consultant

  • 2018-2019: When We All Vote, director of regional press

  • 2017-2019: Civic Advisors, strategic communications consultant

  • 2017: Civitas Public Affairs Group, senior associate

  • 2011-2016: The White House Office of Management and Budget

    • 2015-2016: Press secretary

    • 2014-2015: Deputy press secretary

    • 2012-2014: Assistant press secretary

    • 2011-2012: Confidential assistant

    • 2011: Intern

  • 2009-2011: MassEquality, member of the board of directors

  • 2008-2011: GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, senior legal assistant

What he says about Biden: “I am thrilled and honored to work for someone with a clear and established progressive record on a range of issues, including climate change, criminal justice, violence against women, marriage equality, gun control and more. To work for an individual who has not only dedicated their life to public service but [is] a leader who can admit when they’re wrong, and take the necessary steps to course correct, is rare.”

Notable Quote of the Day

“What it really comes down to is the number of candidates splintering the vote. If this number of candidates sticks around and through Super Tuesday and March 10, it just becomes almost a mathematical certainty that no one can claim a majority of delegates by July. It’s just math.”

– Addisu Demissie, former Booker presidential campaign manager

Democrats

  • In a repeat of the 2016 election, the Nevada Culinary Workers Union declined to endorse any candidate in the Democratic primary. Union leaders criticized Medicare for All and called for more choice in healthcare.

  • Joe Biden held two fundraisers in New York City on Thursday, where he was expected to raise at least $1 million. He will campaign in Nevada Friday through Sunday, holding events in Henderson and Las Vegas. His campaign is sending nearly 50 additional staffers to Nevada and South Carolina, bringing the total number of staff in each state to 130 and 60, respectively.

  • Michael Bloomberg is airing “Cheryl,” a new ad focused on black-owned businesses, in network, cable, and local markets in 26 states. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles endorsed Bloomberg on Thursday.

  • Pete Buttigieg is expanding his ground campaign to every Super Tuesday state beginning Monday. He also released “Primer Día,” a new Spanish-language ad, in Nevada.

  • Tulsi Gabbard is campaigning in Maine over the weekend, holding two town halls in Portland and Hallowell.

  • Amy Klobuchar is holding a town hall in Reno, Nevada, on Friday. The Las Vegas Sun and The Las Vegas Weekly endorsed both Biden and Klobuchar.

  • Bernie Sanders is holding three rallies in North Carolina and Texas on Friday. On Saturday, he will speak at a GOTV rally in Las Vegas and attend a Clark County Democratic Party event. He is also holding a campaign rally in Denver on Sunday.

  • Tom Steyer discussed coalition building in Nevada and South Carolina in an interview on CNN.

  • Elizabeth Warren is holding GOTC town halls in Las Vegas and Reno over the weekend. She issued a policy proposal to support low-income and underserved AAPI communities.

Republicans

  • The Donald Trump campaign and Republican National Committee raised $60.1 million in January. Trump will attend the Daytona 500 in Florida on Sunday.

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Emily Aubert

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