36 pledged delegates at stake in Nevada

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

February 21, 2020: The Nevada Democratic Party is holding its presidential nominating caucus on Saturday. The American Federation of Teachers union announced its support for three candidates.       Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.
Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Jenna NarayananJenna Narayanan is a Democratic staffer with experience in political organization development. Narayanan graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print journalism in 2002. She previously worked for NextGen America, a group Steyer founded in 2013.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2008 John Edwards presidential campaign, regional fundraiser

Other experience:

  • 2015-2019: NextGen America, vice president of development
  • 2012-2015: The Democracy Alliance, vice president of partner services
  • 2011-2012: New Democrat Network, vice president of development and strategic relationships
  • 2009-2011: Democracia USA, director of development

Notable Quote of the Day

“The [Knight study] confirms that nonvoters as a whole are fairly reflective of the broader electorate in terms of political preferences. If they were to all vote in November, 33 percent say they would support Democrats, 30 percent Republicans and 18 percent a third-party candidate. More surprisingly perhaps, and potentially more consequential for November, these numbers gently tilt in the opposite direction in many battleground states, with nonvoters choosing Trump over the as-yet-undetermined Democratic nominee 36%-28% in Pennsylvania, 34%-25% in Arizona and 30%-29% in New Hampshire. Wisconsin and Michigan mirror the national average, favoring the Democrat 33%-31% and 32%-31%, respectively, while in Georgia the margin is 34%-29%. This data challenges many long-standing assumptions of political experts.

– Colin Woodard, Politico Magazine contributing editor

Democrats

  • The Nevada Democratic Party is holding its presidential nominating caucus on Saturday. Thirty-six pledged delegates are at stake. Nevada has held the “First in the West” nominating event since 2008.
  • The American Federation of Teachers union, which has 1.7 million members, announced on Thursday that it was encouraging its affiliates to endorse Joe BidenBernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren. The statement of support was not a national endorsement.
  • The Latino Victory Fund endorsed Biden on Thursday. He is campaigning in Nevada on Friday and Saturday.
  • Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was named national political co-chair of Michael Bloomberg’s campaign.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune endorsed Pete Buttigieg. He is holding town halls in Colorado and Virginia over the weekend. Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib endorsed Buttigieg on Thursday.
  • Tulsi Gabbard is campaigning across Utah over the weekend with events in Salt Lake City, Provo, and Snowbird.
  • Amy Klobuchar launched a seven-figure ad buy for cable, broadcast, and digital channels in Super Tuesday states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia. The three ads are titled “I Know You,” “Decency,” and “Home.” Klobuchar is campaigning in Reno on Friday.
  • Sanders is holding rallies across Texas over the weekend with events in El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (Ill.) endorsed Sanders on Thursday.
  • Tom Steyer will campaign in Nevada and South Carolina over the weekend.
  • Warren is holding a GOTC town hall with Julián Castro on Friday in Las Vegas. She is campaigning in Washington and Colorado over the weekend. On Thursday, Warren said she no longer opposed super PAC support since other candidates refused to disavow them.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump is holding a rally in Las Vegas on Friday night. The Trump campaign purchased YouTube masthead ads in the days leading up to the general election in November. Bloomberg described the ad location as “more akin to a Super Bowl TV ad.”​​​

What We’re Reading

Flashback: February 21, 2016

The California Republican Assembly endorsed Ted Cruz.

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Emily Aubert

Emily Aubert is a staff writer at Ballotpedia. Contact us at editor@ballotpedia.org.

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