Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

Does Elizabeth Warren Have a Critical Vulnerability?

ORLEANS, Mass. — I have voted two times for Elizabeth Warren to represent Massachusetts in the Senate. I would certainly vote for her for president over Donald Trump. But as the Democratic primary unfolds and she extends a steady rise in the polls, I keep coming back to a political vulnerability of which many followers […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat

WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans on Tuesday to announce her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive candidate seeking to oust Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat, marking her first move of the 2020 campaign cycle to back a primary challenger to an incumbent. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s high-profile support amounts to a powerful seal of […]

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Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

BIRMINGHAM — At the Democratic primary debate last week, Joseph R. Biden Jr. prompted some distress within the party with a rambling, discordant answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, a moment that highlighted his unsteady instincts, and mixed record, on matters of race. Three days later, a heavily African-American crowd gave Mr. […]

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How Kamala Harris Can Make a Comeback

The most effective presidential candidates are able both to energize their base and persuade the political middle. Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and F.D.R. all did so. They managed to seem exciting to their party and yet also comfortable for swing voters. Senator Kamala Harris has the potential to pull off this trick. Her confrontational criticism […]

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Trump Has Tamed the G.O.P. (for Now)

On Thursday evening, President Trump traveled to Baltimore — a city he’d recently disparaged as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live” — to give a pep talk to House Republicans. The lawmakers were gathered for their annual strategy retreat, the first since losing control of the […]

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Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?

If Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren are headed for a showdown, neither of them appears in a hurry to get there. The two candidates have seemed to be on a collision course for much of the last few months: Mr. Biden as the Democratic front-runner and de facto leader of the party’s moderate […]

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14 Million Watched Democrats Debate in Houston

More than 14 million people tuned in Thursday for the clash of 10 presidential candidates in Houston on ABC News and Univision, the second-largest audience to date for a Democratic primary debate. Only the NBC News debate in June, which drew 18.1 million viewers on its second night, outranked it. And total viewership on Thursday […]

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Can Republicans Escape Racism?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the Democratic Party prematurely winnowing its crop of presidential candidates? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the narrowing 2020 field. Ross Douthat thinks the Democratic National Committee’s arbitrary criteria strip ideological […]

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Mark Sanford Is the Biggest Republican Threat to Trump

This weekend, the former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford threw his hat into the presidential ring. He is the latest Republican to challenge President Trump for his party’s nomination. He also becomes the latest Republican to be instantly dismissed and jeered and even have his sanity questioned in some quarters. But Mr. Sanford enters the […]

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How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money

On the highest floor of the tallest building in Boston, Senator Elizabeth Warren was busy collecting big checks from some of the city’s politically connected insiders. It was April 2018 and Ms. Warren, up for re-election, was at a breakfast fund-raiser hosted for her by John M. Connors Jr., one of the old-guard power brokers […]

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Mark Sanford Will Challenge Trump in Republican Primary

Mark Sanford, the former governor and representative from South Carolina who lost re-election to Congress after becoming a vocal critic of President Trump, announced on Sunday that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination and challenge the man who helped doom his 2018 campaign. “I am going to get in,” Mr. Sanford said in an […]

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How the Next Democratic Debate Offers a New Start for Second-Tier Candidates

WASHINGTON — Senator Amy Klobuchar is going to spend nearly all her time and money on Iowa, visiting each of the state’s 99 counties with hopes that old-fashioned retail politics can inject new life into her campaign there. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has not matched his prolific fund-raising with significant growth in the polls, is […]

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Presidential Candidates Flock to New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention

Image<img alt="Supporters of Democratic presidential hopefuls atthe New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention, in Manchester, N.H.” class=”css-1m50asq” src=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/08/us/08dems-print1-sub/merlin_160348857_2c55decc-c290-4a32-bcf6-4d82c7425f10-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale” srcset=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/08/us/08dems-print1-sub/merlin_160348857_2c55decc-c290-4a32-bcf6-4d82c7425f10-articleLarge.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 600w,https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/08/us/08dems-print1-sub/merlin_160348857_2c55decc-c290-4a32-bcf6-4d82c7425f10-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 1024w,https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/08/us/08dems-print1-sub/merlin_160348857_2c55decc-c290-4a32-bcf6-4d82c7425f10-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 2048w” sizes=”((min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1004px)) 84vw, (min-width: 1005px) 60vw, 100vw” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/08/us/08dems-print1-sub/merlin_160348857_2c55decc-c290-4a32-bcf6-4d82c7425f10-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale”>Supporters of Democratic presidential hopefuls atthe New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention, in Manchester, N.H.CreditElizabeth Frantz for The New York Times MANCHESTER, […]

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Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was on the brink of victory, but he was unsatisfied. Mr. Biden, the 44-year-old chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was poised to watch his colleagues reject President Ronald Reagan’s formidable nominee to the Supreme Court, Robert H. Bork. The vote was unlikely to be close. Yet Mr. Biden was hovering […]

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G.O.P. Plans to Drop Presidential Primaries in 4 States to Impede Trump Challengers

WASHINGTON — The Republican Parties in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina intend to cancel the 2020 presidential primaries in their states, according to three people familiar with their plans, a move aimed at depriving President Trump’s long-shot challengers of chances to build support. The state parties have yet to formalize their decisions, but Mr. […]

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Bill de Blasio May End 2020 Presidential Bid Next Month

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s long-shot run for president may have a defined end date: Oct. 1. Mr. de Blasio, speaking at an unrelated news conference on Wednesday, said it would be “tough to conceive” continuing his campaign if he doesn’t qualify for the Democratic debate in October. “I think the logical thing to say is […]

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Low-Polling Democrats Soldier On

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Dozens of reporters and photographers descended on the Hawkeye Downs speedway, all waiting for one man to appear at a local Labor Day picnic. That man was not Michael Bennet. “We’re having a great Labor Day in Iowa,” said Mr. Bennet, the Colorado senator and still a presidential candidate, showing up […]

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The Sudden-Death Phase of the Democratic Primary

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The Democratic presidential race has entered a phase that is specifically designed to reward front-runners and push out lesser-known candidates. We look at how that will influence the campaign. [For an exclusive look at how the […]

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Does Joe Biden Want to Be Doing This?

“How badly do you want to be president?” Joseph R. Biden Jr. was asked after a recent speech in Prole, Iowa. The answer to such an inquiry would appear self-evident in the case of Mr. Biden, who began his running-for-president routine more than three decades ago; in other words, very badly, one would assume. But […]

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