Warren suspends presidential campaign


Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
March 6, 2020: Elizabeth Warren suspended her presidential campaign on Thursday. Donald Trump appeared in his first televised town hall of the 2020 election cycle on Fox News.

Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.

René Spellman is a Democratic staffer with experience in political communications and organizational management. Spellman graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science and human biology. She previously worked on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, national director of surrogates, traveling press, and press logistics
  • 2016 Jim Barksdale (D-Ga.) U.S. Senate campaign, campaign manager
  • 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, senior advisor for youth
  • 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, youth vote director

Other experience:

  • 2018-present: People For the American Way, board member
  • 2017-2019: Creative Artists Agency, executive
  • 2014: Mtheory LLC, vice president of local marketing
  • 2012-2014: MWWPR, vice president of entertainment and corporate communications
  • 2009-2012: Political appointee
    • The White House Council for Community Solutions, advisor and deputy to the executive director
    • Corporation for National and Community Service
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • Presidential Inaugural Committee, ticketing and credentials
  • 2006-2007: National Music Business Association for Students, founding director of marketing

Notable Quote of the Day

“The electoral map on Tuesday was expected to favor Sanders. But with the exception of California, he underperformed. Next week’s run of primaries represents a far smaller delegate haul, but Michigan — with 125 delegates — is a critical general election state and an indicator to Democrats of a candidate’s broader appeal. A loss there could significantly undermine his electability argument.”

– David Siders and Holly Otterbein, Politico


  • CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper and Univision’s Jorge Ramos will moderate the eleventh Democratic primary debate on March 15 in Phoenix. Debate qualifications have not yet been released.
  • Joe Biden received another round of congressional endorsements on Thursday from Reps. Susan Davis (Calif.), Haley Stevens (Mich.), Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Madeleine Dean (Penn.), Sean Casten (Ill.), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), David Trone (Md.), Anthony Brown (Md.), and Ann Kuster (N.H.). Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also endorsed Biden.
  • Biden said he was considering Secret Service protection after protesters took the stage at his Super Tuesday rally.
  • On Thursday, Biden released his LGBT policy plan, which would end the ban on transgender service members, guarantee federally funded homeless shelters serve individuals according to their gender identity, and enact the Equality Act.
  • Biden is holding GOTV and community events in Missouri and Mississippi over the weekend.
  • Tulsi Gabbard is hosting a town hall on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, moderated by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
  • Bernie Sanders canceled a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. He will instead campaign in Michigan with a rally in Detroit on Friday, Dearborn on Saturday, and Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor on Sunday.
  • Sanders held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday.
  • Elizabeth Warren suspended her presidential campaign on Thursday. She declined to endorse another candidate.


  • Donald Trump spoke at his first televised town hall of the 2020 election cycle in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. The event was hosted by Fox News.
  • Facebook removed Trump ads that called for viewers to complete a U.S. census survey and directed them to a form on Trump’s campaign website.

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