Your Daily Roundup for February 24th
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Good afternoon. Here are the latest news and updates that our team at Future Majority is tracking.
Sanders carries Nevada, and new national Democratic primary polling shows how the race is evolving:
The Nevada Caucuses were Saturday, and Senator Bernie Sanders claimed a commanding win, besting the field by nearly 27 points at 46.8%. Former Vice President Joe Biden rebounded to come in second place and currently holds 20.4% of the vote. Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is holding steady in third place at 13.9%, with Senator Elizabeth Warren (9.8%), Tom Steyer (4.6%), and Senator Amy Klobuchar rounding out the field. As it currently stands, only Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg will come out of Nevada with national pledged delegates.
As the primary heads toward South Carolina this weekend, CBS News/YouGov is out with a new national poll. Senator Bernie Sanders leads the field by 9 points, and Senator Warren has surged to second in the national poll taken after the last Debate from 2/20-2/22:
With the South Carolina Primary in just 5 days, CBS News/YouGov is also out with a new poll in the state, showing Biden leading by 5 points over Sanders:
In the Rust Belt, a set of UW–Madison Elections Research Center polls show Sen. Sanders out in front in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Democratic Primary preference. Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg each place second and third in these polls, respectively.
Trump’s position against the Democratic contenders is in flux:
The same UW–Madison Elections Research Center battleground polls show Democrats ahead of Trump in head-to-head matchups in the key battleground states surveyed.
In Michigan, all of the Democrats surveyed are ahead of Trump or ahead within the margin of error. The poll included Sanders, Buttigieg, Biden, Warren, and Klobuchar.
In Pennsylvania, the race narrows. Only Sanders and Biden are ahead of Trump, with the other Democrats tied.
Finally in Wisconsin, the poll shows most of the Democratic field slightly edging Trump, but Buttigieg is down 43% to 45% to the president.
The CBS News/YouGov poll also surveyed voters’ head-to-head preferences against Trump nationally, and Trump’s position is strengthening:
Among Democratic voters, climate change is front of mind:
Climate change and the environment have become key issues for Democratic voters in the early primary states.
According to exit polls in Iowa, climate change was the second-most important issue to caucus-goers, trailing only to healthcare. In the New Hampshire primary, a staggering 25% of voters cited climate change as the issue that mattered most to them -- an issue that was not even mentioned in exit polls four years ago.
Exit polls out of Nevada show that healthcare was the top issue to voters, but climate change followed at 25%, above income inequality and foreign policy.
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