Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

What Does This Country Demand of Black Women in Politics?

WASHINGTON — The first black woman to be elected mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, considers Senator Kamala Harris something of a political soul mate. When Ms. Harris announced her White House bid in Oakland, Calif., in January, Ms. Breed was one of the 20,000 supporters there loudly celebrating, and she endorsed the campaign from […]

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As Candidates Jostle for Position, a Long Race May Become a Marathon

MASON CITY, Iowa — With just under two months until the Iowa caucuses, the already-volatile Democratic presidential race has grown even more unsettled, setting the stage for a marathon nominating contest between the party’s moderate and liberal factions. Pete Buttigieg’s surge, Bernie Sanders’s revival, Elizabeth Warren’s struggles and the exit of Kamala Harris have upended […]

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Do Democrats Really Want an All-White Field in 2020? Cory Booker Hopes Not.

DES MOINES — Senator Cory Booker came to Iowa on Thursday with a question, one that voters, activists and disgruntled members of the Democratic National Committee are also asking in the wake of Senator Kamala Harris’s sudden departure from the 2020 race. In a year that began with the inauguration of the most diverse class […]

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What Kamala Harris’s Campaign Teaches Us

Kamala Harris entered the presidential race with a bang. She announced her candidacy on Martin Luther King Day and not only raised $1.5 million in its first 24 hours, according to Politico, but also “in the first 12 hours made $110,000 in revenue from its online merchandise store that sells T-shirts, hats and tote bags […]

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Joe Biden Still Wants to Win Iowa. Here’s His Strategy.

STORM LAKE, Iowa — The teleprompters are gone. The gatherings are often intimate. There are fewer rope lines separating the candidate from the voters. And the message includes earnest efforts to relate to rural life. “You have the same problem out here with, with cattle and hogs that we have back in Delaware with chickens: […]

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Did We Ever Know the Real Kamala Harris?

Just as California is so often viewed from afar as either glittering paradise or dystopian disaster, so Kamala Harris was crowned as the perfect Democrat for 2020. Like her state, Senator Harris’s story up close is both more prosaic and more nuanced than the shiny image built in part on misperceptions about California. Now that […]

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2020 Democratic Candidates Wage Escalating Fight (on the Merits of Fighting)

WALPOLE, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg has a nifty politician’s knack for coming off as a soothing, healing figure who projects high-mindedness — even while he’s plainly kicking his opponents in the teeth. “There is a lot to be angry about,” he was saying, cheerfully. Mr. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., was seated […]

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How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled

WASHINGTON — In early November, a few days after Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign announced widespread layoffs and an intensified focus on Iowa, her senior aides gathered for a staff meeting at their Baltimore headquarters and pelted the campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, with questions. What exactly was Ms. Harris’s new strategy? How much money and […]

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O.K., Mayor: Why 37-Year-Old Pete Buttigieg Is Attracting Boomers

DENISON, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg likes a crisp white button-down — no fuss, no flash — and his favorite novel is by a man who died in 1941. He has taken to calling himself “the retirement guy,” after introducing a plan this week for long-term care. He recently referenced the “Bull Moose progressive movement,” a […]

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Did New Hampshire Fall Out of Love With Bernie Sanders?

FRANKLIN, N.H. — Bernie Sanders is more than happy to remind New Hampshire about his big win in the state’s Democratic presidential primary almost four years ago. To hear the Vermont senator tell it, it was promises of a $15 hourly minimum wage, free tuition to public colleges and “Medicare for all” that powered his […]

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Biden Is Struggling in Iowa and His Supporters There Know Why

WINTERSET, Iowa — Nancy Courtney displays a Joe Biden sign in her yard, makes phone calls for his campaign and supports the former vice president “100 percent,” she said. But the sluggish state of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s organization in her city of Burlington, Iowa, had her fuming one recent evening. “In Burlington, they are […]

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Michael Bloomberg Joins Democratic Field for President

Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Sunday that he would run for president in 2020, bringing his enormous wealth and eclectic political biography into the tumultuous Democratic primary and seeking to win over skeptical liberal voters by presenting himself as a multibillion-dollar threat to President Trump. Mr. Bloomberg, a former Republican who has expressed reservations about […]

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Elizabeth Warren Has Done the Hard Part. Now Comes the Harder Part.

VINTON, Iowa — Elizabeth Warren motors onstage at her campaign events like she is being chased: arm-pump, arm-pump, mid-jog wave. O.K.! Let’s get this thing going. She rockets through the plan-a-minute portion of her stump speech with a winking plea for indulgence: “Just one more, just one more,” she promises, as if bargaining with an […]

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Obama Urges Democrats to ‘Chill Out’ About 2020 Presidential Field

LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. — Former President Barack Obama urged Democrats on Thursday to “chill out” about the 2020 Democratic field and focus on building support for a candidate to take on President Trump, who he described as abandoning “core traditions and values” of Americans. Speaking to party donors a day after the latest Democratic […]

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The Electability Debate, Brought to You by the People Who Want to Be Elected

Pete Buttigieg was trying a little tenderness. “I’m running to be the president for that day the sun comes up and the Trump presidency is behind us,” said the millennial mayor of South Bend, Ind., pumping his left fist a bit for the crescendo, “which will be a tender moment in the life of this […]

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Democratic Debate Live Updates: The Candidates and the Big Issues Tonight

How to watch: The debate will last two hours. It is co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. Moderators: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker. Candidates: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kamala Harris, the entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Senator Amy Klobuchar, […]

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What Happened to Kamala Harris?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher When Senator Kamala Harris started her presidential campaign 10 months ago, she drew a crowd of 20,000 to her kickoff rally — the biggest of any candidate’s. She was talked about as a potential heir to […]

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The Democrats Are in Georgia. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

With tonight’s presidential primary debate, Georgia Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief. Finally, they are saying, the national party is recognizing that demographics really are destiny, that Georgia can and should be a central part of any plan to win back the White House and the Senate. For nearly two decades now, the demographic […]

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The Danger of Elizabeth Warren

Under pressure, Elizabeth Warren has retreated from the idea of immediate implementation of Medicare for All, but she remains committed to the progressive core of her candidacy. As she put it in a speech to Iowa Democrats on Nov. 1: If we’re going to meet the challenges of our time, we need big ideas. Big […]

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They’re Blue Collar, and They Like That Biden Is an Average Joe

WEST POINT, Iowa — They are white and nonwhite alike, prefer Facebook over Twitter, if they are on social media at all, and can be hard to find at Democratic campaign events dominated by activists from the professional class. But these blue-collar voters could go a long way toward determining who captures the Democratic presidential […]

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How Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick Could Alter the 2020 Race

Senator Cory Booker gave a pep talk to donors at a Manhattan barbecue restaurant on Wednesday evening, declaring that he was close to qualifying for the Democratic primary debate in December. But Mr. Booker acknowledged uncertain times ahead in the race, according to two people in attendance: Every time he turned around, Mr. Booker said, […]

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Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz

Michael R. Bloomberg still has not declared whether he is running for president in 2020. He is about to become the single biggest spender in the presidential race anyway. Ahead of a potential campaign announcement, Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, is beginning a $100 million digital campaign designed […]

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It May Be a Good Idea for Democratic Front-Runners Not to Look Back

Joe Biden in Concord, N.H., last week. He is still the polling leader.Credit…Sarah Rice for The New York Times Elizabeth Warren in Concord, N.H., on Wednesday. Her rise has stalled.Credit…Sarah Rice/Getty Images Elizabeth Warren’s seemingly inexorable rise and Joe Biden’s dogged resilience have been the two major stories of the Democratic primary so far. Over […]

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