“Indeed, major party turnout in Wayne County [in Michigan], which encompasses Detroit and is strongly African American, fell by more than 64,000 votes in 2016 as compared to 2012. That’s especially important since Trump leveled the Democrats’ famed ‘blue wall’ with narrow wins in states that were supposed to comfortably go to Hillary Clinton: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, which he won by just 10,704 votes out more than 4.8 million cast.
Tuesday will be the first test of Democrats’ ability to take them back.”
– Will Weissert and Kat Stafford, Associated Press
On Friday, the Democratic National Committee announced the criteria for the March 15 primary debate in Phoenix, Arizona. To qualify, a candidate must receive at least 20 percent of the pledged delegates awarded in primary contests up to March 15, the day of the debate. With only two pledged delegates as of Super Tuesday, it is mathematically impossible for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to qualify.
Gabbard tweeted about the new requirements, “To keep me off the stage, the DNC again arbitrarily changed the debate qualifications. Previously they changed the qualifications in the OPPOSITE direction so Bloomberg could debate. I ask that you stand w/ me against the DNC’s transparent effort to exclude me from the debates.”
Joe Biden made a $12 million ad buy—his largest of the campaign so far—in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio, and digital markets.
Former 2020 presidential presidential candidates Cory Booker, John Delaney, Kamala Harris, and Deval Patrick endorsed Biden. He also received more than a dozen endorsements from congressional and state legislators and executives since Friday, including Sen. Tina Smith (Minn.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas).
Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsedSanders on Sunday at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Detroit Action, a racial and economic justice advocacy group in Michigan, made its first-ever presidential primary endorsement and backed Sanders.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Donald Trump campaign, told reporters on Sunday that the campaign would targetBiden on trade and healthcare if he became the Democratic nominee.
Trump attended two fundraisers in Florida over the weekend that included more than 1,000 donors.