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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

Democrats

  • 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.

Republicans

Flashback: January 28, 2016

Donald Trump boycotted the Republican primary debate on Fox News.

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Yang qualifies for Feb. 7 debate in New Hampshire

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January 27, 2020: Andrew Yang qualified for the Feb. 7 debate in New Hampshire. The Des Moines Register endorsed Elizabeth Warren and The New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Amy Klobuchar. blank    blankblank   


How many times has an incumbent president run for re-election with a different running mate than when they were first elected?

Notable Quote of the Day

“The Iowa Democratic Party has been preparing for record-breaking turnout for more than a year, driven both by Democrats’ angst about President Donald Trump and by an unusually large field of candidates — many of them with their own significant, independent turnout operations. The state party chairman, Troy Price, said the party is anticipating more caucus-goers than in 2008, which set a record when 239,000 Democratic voters participated, lifting Obama to victory.

‘The winner is always who’s bringing a bunch of new [voters],’ said Sue Dvorsky, a former Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman who backed Sen. Kamala Harris before she dropped out of the race.

The difficulty this year, she said, is that new voters could go to any number of different candidates. ‘There literally is no historical analogy here,’ she said.”

– David Siders, Natasha Korecki, Elena Schneider and Maya King, Politico

Democrats

  • Michael BennetAmy KlobucharBernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren return to Washington, D.C., for the impeachment trial on Monday.

  • Rep. Cindy Axne (Iowa) endorsed Joe Biden on Saturday. Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.), a former 2020 presidential candidate, also endorsed Biden on Monday. Biden will continue to campaign in Iowa on Monday with community events in Cedar Falls, Marion, and Iowa City.

  • Michael Bloomberg campaigned in Tampa and Miami on Sunday, where he launched his national Jewish voter outreach program. On Monday, he said he supported statehood for Puerto Rico. Rep. Scott Peters (Calif.) also endorsed Bloomberg, becoming his fifth congressional endorsement.

  • Pete Buttigieg discussed abortion, impeachment, race, and his political experience during a televised town hall on Fox News on Sunday.

  • John Delaney is scheduled to campaign in Iowa on Monday with stops in Cedar Falls and Tripoli.

  • Tulsi Gabbard continues to campaign in New Hampshire with a town hall in Meredith on Monday.

  • The New Hampshire Union Leader, the state’s largest newspaper, endorsed Klobuchar on Sunday.

  • Tom Steyer began a bus tour of Iowa on Sunday that will run through Feb. 3.

  • The Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, endorsed Warren on Saturday.

  • Andrew Yang will campaign in Iowa on Monday with town halls scheduled in Orange City, Le Mars, Sioux City, and Council Bluffs. He qualified for the Feb. 7 debate in New Hampshire after two new polls were released Sunday.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump will meet with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and opposition leader Benny Gantz on Monday to discuss policy in the Middle East.

  • Joe Walsh discussed conservatism, abortion, climate change, and Trump in his interview with The Des Moines Register.

Flashback: January 27, 2016

According to Ballotpedia’s Presidential Nominating Index, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the candidates most likely to win their respective party’s nominations.

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Ballotpedia’s Weekly Presidential News Briefing: January 18-24, 2020

Ballotpedia's Weekly Presidential News Briefing
Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the events that matter in the 2020 presidential election.

Now, we’re bringing you the highlights from our daily briefings in a weekly format so you can stay up-to-date on the 2020 election with one weekly email.        

Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

State Spotlight

Notable Quotes of the Week

“The four senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination are leaning heavily on surrogates while they are stuck in Washington serving jury duty on President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

As the Senate trial gets under way in earnest this week, Elizabeth Warren is sending in Representative Ayanna Pressley, Bernie Sanders is putting forward Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Klobuchar is leaning on local officials and Michael Bennet has former Clinton adviser James Carville.

And everyone is sending their spouses.”

– Ryan Teague BeckwithBloomberg

“Whether it’s 10 percent, 12 percent or 15 percent, I suspect the probability our model spits out for a contested convention will strike some of you as high and others of you as low.

On the one hand, a contested convention has historically been a sucker’s bet. Pundits and reporters love to speculate about the possibility. But out of 18 competitive nomination processes since 1972, none has resulted in what’s uniformly regarded as a contested convention, although some arguably were. (I think the 1976 Republican race probably meets the definition of a nomination whose outcome was uncertain when the convention began. Even that was 44 years ago, however.)

On the other hand, a number of other nominations — including the 2008 Democratic race — have come fairly close to resulting in contested conventions. The 2016 Republican convention could also plausibly have been contested if Republicans had used Democrats’ rules. (Trump got a big boost from winner-take-all and winner-take-most states, which Democratic rules do not allow for).”

– Nate SilverFiveThirtyEight

Week in Review

The New York Times endorses Klobuchar and Warren

The New York Times issued a dual endorsement—the first in the newspaper’s history—of Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren on Sunday.

“Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration. If there were ever a time to be open to new ideas, it is now. If there were ever a time to seek stability, now is it,” the editorial board wrote.

Candidates can qualify for Feb. 7 debate by winning delegates in Iowa

The Democratic National Committee released the criteria to qualify for the eighth primary debate on Feb. 7 in New Hampshire.

Candidates need to meet certain polling and fundraising thresholds similar to the January debate’s requirements or receive at least one pledged delegate in the Iowa caucuses. Candidates have until Feb. 6 to qualify.

Joe BidenPete ButtigiegAmy KlobucharBernie SandersTom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren—all of whom participated in the Jan. 14 debate—have already qualified.

Four senators off the campaign trail for impeachment trial

Michael BennetAmy KlobucharBernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren were in Washington, D.C., to vote on procedural matters and hear opening testimony in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump this week.

Over the weekend, Bennet is returning to the campaign trail in New Hampshire, while Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren are campaigning in Iowa.

Trump speaks in Austin and Switzerland, attends March for Life

Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation conference in Austin on Sunday and at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

He is attending the annual, anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The organization’s president, Jeanne Mancini, said it will be the first time a president attends the event.

Want more? Find the daily details here:

Poll Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Nina Smith is a Democratic staffer with experience in political communications. Wilson received a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a master’s degree from the George Washington University’s School of Political Management.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2010 Martin O’Malley gubernatorial campaign, political and communications coordinator

Other experience:

  • 2016-present: Megaphone Strategies, managing partner, co-owner, and director of media relations
  • 2016: Young Invincibles, communications director
  • 2014-2016: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, press secretary
  • 2013-2014: Office of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), press secretary
  • 2013: TheRoot.com, publicist
  • 2012-2013: U.S. Small Business Administration, deputy press secretary
  • 2011-2012: Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive, community liaison for strategic partnerships
  • 2007-2011: Office of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.)
    • 2009-2011: Public relations liaison
    • 2007-2009: Senior media events coordinator
  • 2005-2007: Maryland Democratic Party, special assistant to the chairman and youth outreach coordinator

What she says about Buttigieg:

“I feel like Pete really gets it, and really understands the challenges women face, whether it’s pay, taking special consideration for our healthcare, and then finally just our safety. These are issues that need to be taken seriously, and it’s very clear in the policy we’re introducing and putting out there that we are taking them seriously.”

What We’re Reading

Flashback: January 21-24, 2016

  • January 21, 2016: Fergus Cullen, the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, endorsed John Kasich.
  • January 22, 2016: National Review released a special edition featuring essays from 22 conservatives opposing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.
  • January 23, 2016: The Des Moines Register issued primary endorsements for Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio.
  • January 24, 2016: Donald Trump led the Republican field in Iowa and New Hampshire with 34 percent support and 31 percent support, respectively, according to a Fox News poll. Ted Cruz followed in second place in both states with 23 percent in Iowa and 14 percent in New Hampshire.

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Biden, Bloomberg release Trump-focused ads

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
January 24, 2020: Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg are airing new ads focused on Donald Trump and the general election. Bernie Sanders will hold campaign events with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Iowa.        

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

Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Nina Smith

Nina Smith is a Democratic staffer with experience in political communications. Wilson received a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a master’s degree from the George Washington University’s School of Political Management.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2010 Martin O’Malley gubernatorial campaign, political and communications coordinator

Other experience:

  • 2016-present: Megaphone Strategies, managing partner, co-owner, and director of media relations
  • 2016: Young Invincibles, communications director
  • 2014-2016: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, press secretary
  • 2013-2014: Office of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), press secretary
  • 2013: TheRoot.com, publicist
  • 2012-2013: U.S. Small Business Administration, deputy press secretary
  • 2011-2012: Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive, community liaison for strategic partnerships
  • 2007-2011: Office of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.)
    • 2009-2011: Public relations liaison
    • 2007-2009: Senior media events coordinator
  • 2005-2007: Maryland Democratic Party, special assistant to the chairman and youth outreach coordinator

What she says about Buttigieg:

“I feel like Pete really gets it, and really understands the challenges women face, whether it’s pay, taking special consideration for our healthcare, and then finally just our safety. These are issues that need to be taken seriously, and it’s very clear in the policy we’re introducing and putting out there that we are taking them seriously.”

​​

Notable Quote of the Day

“Whether it’s 10 percent, 12 percent or 15 percent, I suspect the probability our model spits out for a contested convention will strike some of you as high and others of you as low.

On the one hand, a contested convention has historically been a sucker’s bet. Pundits and reporters love to speculate about the possibility. But out of 18 competitive nomination processes since 1972, none has resulted in what’s uniformly regarded as a contested convention, although some arguably were. (I think the 1976 Republican race probably meets the definition of a nomination whose outcome was uncertain when the convention began. Even that was 44 years ago, however.)

On the other hand, a number of other nominations — including the 2008 Democratic race — have come fairly close to resulting in contested conventions. The 2016 Republican convention could also plausibly have been contested if Republicans had used Democrats’ rules. (Trump got a big boost from winner-take-all and winner-take-most states, which Democratic rules do not allow for).”

– Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

Democrats

  • Michael Bennet will campaign in New Hampshire on Sunday with stops in Concord, Nashua, Chester, and Manchester.
  • Joe Biden released an ad focused on electability against Trump on Friday. He will campaign in Iowa over the weekend, including attending a block party co-hosted by the Des Moines NAACP.
  • Michael Bloomberg started airing “Pentagon,” an ad focused on Trump’s critical comments about U.S. military leaders. He opened his Minnesota state headquarters in Minneapolis on Thursday.
  • Pete Buttigieg will hold town halls across Iowa on Saturday with stops planned in Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, and Carroll. A town hall in Des Moines will be broadcast by Fox News on Sunday. VoteVets PAC began airing television ads to support Buttigieg in New Hampshire.
  • John Delaney will speak at an economic forum in New Hampshire on Friday.
  • Tulsi Gabbard is holding town halls in New Hampshire over the weekend with stops in Andover, Moultonborough, and Plymouth.
  • Amy Klobuchar will campaign in Iowa over the weekend with stops in Bettendorf, Waterloo, Ames, and Des Moines.
  • Bernie Sanders will hold campaign events with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Ames over the weekend. He is airing a new television ad called “Transform This Country.”
  • Tom Steyer hired attorney Omar El-Halwagi as his Texas state director. He will campaign in California on Friday and Nevada over the weekend.
  • Elizabeth Warren will hold town halls across Iowa over the weekend. Her itinerary includes Burlington, Muscatine, and Davenport.
  • Andrew Yang continues his bus tour of Iowa with stops planned in southern and western Iowa this weekend. Former candidate Marianne Williamson will support Yang at an event in Fairfield but said she had not yet endorsed a candidate.

Republicans

  • NBC News profield Donald Trump’s campaign operations in Iowa, which has more state staffers in 2020 than 2016.
  • Bill Weld spoke with black faith leaders in San Diego on Thursday. He is attending a town hall in New Hampshire on Saturday.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: January 24, 2016

Donald Trump led the Republican field in Iowa and New Hampshire with 34 percent support and 31 percent support, respectively, according to a Fox News poll. Ted Cruz followed in second place in both states with 23 percent in Iowa and 14 percent in New Hampshire.



DNC launches multi-million dollar operation in six battleground states

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
January 23, 2020: The Democratic National Committee begins its first multi-million dollar investment in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona. Donald Trump will attend the annual, anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday.  blank    blankblank   


Daily Presidential News Briefing, State Spotlight - New Hampshire

Notable Quote of the Day

“During the 2008 Democratic primaries, the endorsements of black lawmakers were spread out over just four candidates. Just nine Democrats were competing in the primaries at that time. And in 2016, CBC endorsements went to just two of the Democratic candidates.

Although nine candidates have received current endorsements during the 2020 primary, it’s worth noting that most endorsements have gone to Biden — the candidate leading with black voters. This should be of little surprise, given that many black lawmakers in Congress worked with Biden when he was vice president to the country’s first black president and when Biden was a lawmaker himself. …

But despite that, the most influential endorsements for candidates might not be those that come from black lawmakers, but from black mayors — leaders of cities with large black populations, said Bakari Sellers, a CNN political analyst and former state legislator who previously interned for a black lawmaker and a black mayor. This might suggest that political power and influence in black America could increasingly be shifting from Washington to the cities where black voters actually live.”

– Eugene Scott, The Washington Post

Democrats

  • The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that it would begin its first multi-million dollar investment in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona, calling this initial wave of spending “The Battleground Build Up 2020.”

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

  • The Boston Globe profiled Bennet and his New Hampshire state campaign. He launched a new ad in the state contrasting himself with Trump called “Two Weeks at a Time.”

  • Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg endorsed Joe Biden on Wednesday. Biden said he would not testify at the impeachment trial in exchange for certain Trump administration officials to also agree to testify.

  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed endorsed Michael Bloomberg on Thursday. Axios profiled the campaign and data operations of Bloomberg’s staff at his New York City headquarters.

  • Pete Buttigieg will campaign in South Carolina on Thursday with stops in Orangeburg and Moncks Corner.

  • Tulsi Gabbard is continuing to campaign in New Hampshire with a town hall in Claremont on Thursday. She also filed suit against 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, alleging Clinton lied about Gabbard’s connection to Russia and caused $50 million in personal and professional damages.

  • Klobuchar hosted a tele-town hall in Iowa on Wednesday night. She also released a new ad, “Buckle Up,” as part of a six-figure campaign in Iowa.

  • Deval Patrick is continuing to campaign in New Hampshire with stops in Merrimack and Berlin on Thursday.

  • Politico examined Tom Steyer’s campaign operations in South Carolina, where he has spent more than $1.2 million on Facebook ads and $12 million on television and radio ads.

  • Andrew Yang is holding a town hall in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump will attend the annual, anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The organization’s president, Jeanne Mancini, said it will be the first time a president attends the event.

Flashback: January 23, 2016

The Des Moines Register issued primary endorsements for Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio.

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House delivers articles of impeachment to Senate

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January 16, 2020: The U.S. House delivered two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The Iowa Democratic Party will release three sets of election results following the Feb. 3 caucuses. blank    blankblank   


State Spotlight - Nevada

Notable Quote of the Day

“To better understand which candidates did well or poorly Tuesday night, we plotted how favorably respondents rated the candidates before the debate vs. how debate-watchers rated candidates’ performances afterward — and Elizabeth Warren, in particular, seemed to have a breakout evening according to this metric. She not only received the highest marks for her debate performance, but her scores were high even relative to her pre-debate favorability rating.

That said, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden also received medium-to-high marks for their performances, but because of their relatively high pre-debate favorability ratings, we expected a lot of voters to already be predisposed to viewing their debate performances in a positive light. So while they still did pretty well on the debate stage, they didn’t exceed expectations the way Warren did. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer, on the other hand, tied for the lowest overall debate grades, putting them only barely above where we’d expect them to be given their pre-debate favorability ratings.”

– Aaron Bycoffe, Sarah Frostenson, and Julia Wolfe, FiveThirtyEight

Democrats

Republicans

Flashback: January 16, 2016

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz spoke at the South Carolina Tea Party Conference.

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NYT endorses Klobuchar and Warren

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January 21, 2020: The New York Times issued a dual endorsement of Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. The Democratic National Committee announced a new delegate threshold for the Feb. 7 debate. blank    blankblank   


Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Emerson College • New Jersey • January 16-19, 2020)
Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Emerson College • New Hampshire • January 13-16, 2020)

Notable Quote of the Day

“On average in markets around the country, prices for political TV ads have risen by 20 percent since Bloomberg began his campaign. Meanwhile, some local politicians have already found difficulty trying to reach their own constituencies.

‘I think we might have been one of the first campaigns to experience the “Bloomberg Effect” on prices, but we certainly won’t be the last,’ said Eric Jaye, a California-based media buyer who purchased ads for Sylvester Turner, the just-reelected Democratic mayor of Houston.

The last few weeks of Turner’s campaign overlapped with Bloomberg’s massive November ad buy that covered all of the lower 48 states. His spending in Houston, priced at $1.2 million, spiked ad prices there by 45 percent as the mayoral campaign was finishing up.”

– Maya King, Politico

Democrats

  • The New York Times issued a dual endorsement of Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren on Sunday. “Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration. If there were ever a time to be open to new ideas, it is now. If there were ever a time to seek stability, now is it,” the editorial board wrote.

  • Michael BennetJoe BidenPete ButtigiegJohn DelaneyKlobucharBernie SandersWarren, and Andrew Yang spoke at the 2020 Iowa Brown & Black Forum on Monday. VICE News described the event as “the nation’s oldest and only nonpartisan presidential forum dedicated exclusively to addressing issues facing communities of color.”

  • The Democratic National Committee released the criteria to qualify for the eighth primary debate on Feb. 7 in New Hampshire. Candidates need to receive at least one pledged delegate in the Iowa caucuses or meet certain polling and fundraising thresholds similar to the January debate’s requirements. Candidates have until Feb. 6 to qualify. BidenButtigiegKlobucharSandersSteyer, and Warren—all of whom participated in the Jan. 14 debate—have already qualified.

  • Bennet said his campaign had reached its goal of raising $700,000 in a month by Jan. 16. The funds will be used to launch a TV and digital ad campaign in New Hampshire.

  • Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz endorsed Biden.

  • Michael Bloomberg spoke about racial inequities during a speech at the Vernon AME Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday.

  • Buttigieg campaigned in South Carolina on Monday morning, including marching in the King Day at the Dome.

  • Tulsi Gabbard marched in the King Day at the Dome in South Carolina on Monday.

  • Deval Patrick appeared at the NAACP King Day Rally in South Carolina on Monday.

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) endorsed Sanders on Sunday.

  • Tom Steyer marched in King Day at the Dome in South Carolina on Monday. He also spoke at a criminal justice forum.

  • Iowa Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen endorsed Warren on Saturday. Joe Moody, Texas House speaker pro tem, also endorsed Warren on Tuesday.

Republicans

Flashback: January 21, 2016

Fergus Cullen, the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, endorsed John Kasich.blank

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Bennet, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren in D.C. for impeachment trial

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January 22, 2020: Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are in Washington, D.C., for the impeachment trial. Four more members of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Joe Biden.blank    blankblank   


Presidential Facebook ads, 2019-2020 (January 13-19, 2020)

Notable Quote of the Day

“The four senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination are leaning heavily on surrogates while they are stuck in Washington serving jury duty on President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

As the Senate trial gets under way in earnest this week, Elizabeth Warren is sending in Representative Ayanna Pressley, Bernie Sanders is putting forward Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Klobuchar is leaning on local officials and Michael Bennet has former Clinton adviser James Carville.

And everyone is sending their spouses.”

– Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg

Democrats

Republicans

Flashback: January 22, 2016

National Review released a special edition featuring essays from 22 conservatives opposing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.blank

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House delivers articles of impeachment to Senate

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
January 16, 2020: The U.S. House delivered two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The Iowa Democratic Party will release three sets of election results following the Feb. 3 caucuses. blank    blankblank   


State Spotlight - Nevada

Notable Quote of the Day

“To better understand which candidates did well or poorly Tuesday night, we plotted how favorably respondents rated the candidates before the debate vs. how debate-watchers rated candidates’ performances afterward — and Elizabeth Warren, in particular, seemed to have a breakout evening according to this metric. She not only received the highest marks for her debate performance, but her scores were high even relative to her pre-debate favorability rating.

That said, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden also received medium-to-high marks for their performances, but because of their relatively high pre-debate favorability ratings, we expected a lot of voters to already be predisposed to viewing their debate performances in a positive light. So while they still did pretty well on the debate stage, they didn’t exceed expectations the way Warren did. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer, on the other hand, tied for the lowest overall debate grades, putting them only barely above where we’d expect them to be given their pre-debate favorability ratings.”

– Aaron Bycoffe, Sarah Frostenson, and Julia Wolfe, FiveThirtyEight

Democrats

Republicans

Flashback: January 16, 2016

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz spoke at the South Carolina Tea Party Conference.blank

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Ballotpedia’s Weekly Presidential News Briefing: January 11-17, 2020

Ballotpedia's Weekly Presidential News Briefing
Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the events that matter in the 2020 presidential election.

Now, we’re bringing you the highlights from our daily briefings in a weekly format so you can stay up-to-date on the 2020 election with one weekly email.        

Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

State Spotlight

Notable Quotes of the Week

“To better understand which candidates did well or poorly Tuesday night, we plotted how favorably respondents rated the candidates before the debate vs. how debate-watchers rated candidates’ performances afterward — and Elizabeth Warren, in particular, seemed to have a breakout evening according to this metric. She not only received the highest marks for her debate performance, but her scores were high even relative to her pre-debate favorability rating.

That said, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden also received medium-to-high marks for their performances, but because of their relatively high pre-debate favorability ratings, we expected a lot of voters to already be predisposed to viewing their debate performances in a positive light. So while they still did pretty well on the debate stage, they didn’t exceed expectations the way Warren did. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer, on the other hand, tied for the lowest overall debate grades, putting them only barely above where we’d expect them to be given their pre-debate favorability ratings.”

– Aaron Bycoffe, Sarah Frostenson, and Julia Wolfe, FiveThirtyEight

“Voters will head to the polls to cast the first in-person ballots in the Democratic presidential primary season on Friday — but not in Iowa’s famous first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Thanks to generous early-voting laws, Iowa’s neighbor to the north, Minnesota, has the distinction of offering the first chance for any voter to turn out and cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential campaign. …

Minnesota’s early voting is a reminder that even though most observers are counting down until Iowa, some votes will be cast before then, no matter what strategies or surprises the candidates and the political fates have in store during the next few weeks.”

– Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News

Week in Review

Impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump began on Thursday after the impeachment managers from the U.S. House of Representatives presented two articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate.

Chief Justice John Roberts and 99 senators—including Michael BennetAmy KlobucharBernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren— were sworn in.

Democrats debate childcare, healthcare in Iowa

Six Democratic presidential candidates debated Tuesday night in Iowa: Joe BidenPete ButtigiegAmy KlobucharBernie SandersTom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren.

The candidates discussed foreign policy, trade, electability, healthcare, childcare, climate change, and impeachment. Warren had the most speaking time at 18.9 minutes. Steyer spoke the least at 12.4 minutes.

For highlights from the debate for each candidate, click here.

Booker ends presidential campaign

Cory Booker ended his presidential campaign on Monday. “Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win—money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” he said in a statement.

Bloomberg meets with Democratic lawmakers, nets three congressional endorsements this week

Michael Bloomberg met with members of the Congressional Hispanic, Asian Pacific American, and Black caucuses on Thursday. He also spoke with representatives in the New Democrats and Blue Dog Coalition.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), the co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, and Rep. Harley Rouda (Calif.) endorsed Bloomberg on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

He received his first congressional endorsement from Rep. Max Rose (N.Y.) on Monday.

Three sets of Iowa results will be released

The Iowa Democratic Party will release three election results following the Feb. 3 caucuses: the number of delegates each candidate received, the first vote of caucusgoers, and the final vote that features only viable candidates who crossed the 15 percent threshold after caucusgoers realigned their votes in the caucus process.

In the past, only the delegate totals were made public.

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Staff Spotlight

Analilia Mejia is a government and political affairs strategist with experience in union and worker advocacy and organizing primarily in the New Jersey area. Mejia received her bachelor’s degree as well as two master’s degrees—public policy and labor relations—from Rutgers University.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2012: New Jersey Democratic State Committee, Latino vote director
  • 2009: New Jersey Democratic State Committee, deputy Latino vote director

Other experience:

  • 2014-2019: New Jersey Working Families Alliance, executive director
  • 2009-2014: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
    • 2011-2014: Political director (New Jersey; multi-state northern region), SEIU Local 32BJ
    • 2009-2011: Assistant director of politics and policy, SEIU
  • 2007-2009: UNITE HERE, assistant political director (Chicago)
  • 2003-2007: New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, director of policy and government affairs

What she says about Sanders: “No other candidate has consistently fought for organized labor as a building block for the middle class like @BernieSanders Period. Full stop. #UnionStrong”

What We’re Reading

Flashback: January 13-17, 2016

  • January 13, 2016: As part of a $4.6 million ad buy, Jeb Bush released an ad focused on drug policy and his daughter’s experience with addiction.
  • January 14, 2016: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump participated in a Fox Business Network primary debate in South Carolina. Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum met in the undercard debate.
  • January 15, 2016: Lindsey Graham endorsed Jeb Bush.
  • January 16, 2016: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz spoke at the South Carolina Tea Party Conference.
  • January 17, 2016: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders participated in the fourth Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina.

Trivia Corner

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