Your Daily Roundup for March 2nd
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Good afternoon. Here are the latest news and updates that our team at Future Majority is tracking.
A big weekend of shakeups: The latest in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.
Happy Monday. This past weekend has proven to be a major shakeup to the Democratic
Primary. Here’s what happened:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed his first victory of the primary with a resounding win in South Carolina. Biden carried 48.4% of the vote, taking home 35 delegates. He received 61% of the black vote in the state, outperforming polls leading up to the primary.
- Biden was followed in South Carolina by Senator Bernie Sanders who earned 19.9% of the vote and 13 national delegates. The national race has Sanders leading with 60 pledged delegates, followed by Biden with 53 delegates. Only three other candidates currently have delegates: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (26 delegates - more on him below), Senator Elizabeth Warren (8 delegates), and Senator Amy Klobuchar (7 delegates).
- Businessman Tom Steyer placed third in South Carolina with 11.3% of the vote -- shy of the 15% viability needed to earn pledged delegates. Buttiegie (8.2%), Warren (7.1%), Klobuchar (3.2%), and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (1.3.%) rounded out the field.
- Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer have both exited the primary race, leaving six candidates -- including newcomer former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who looks to receive his first votes on Tuesday after skipping the four early states.
- South Carolina enthusiasm was high, with votes cast exceeding those of even 2008 -- a historic year for Democratic primary voting. In 2008, black voters accounted for 55% of the votes in South Carolina's Democratic primary. This year, according to exit polls, that number increased to 56%.
Super Tuesday polls preview a potential showdown between Sanders, Biden and Bloomberg, and Warren. Here’s a look at some of the states in play:
Sanders continues to hold a strong lead in the California primary polling. A USA Today/Suffolk poll shows Sanders up by 19 points ahead of Mike Bloomberg (* below indicates candidates who have suspended their campaigns).
An Emerson poll has Sanders again up by double digits, but this time over Biden who leads Warren and then Bloomberg in the poll. Sanders (38%), Biden (21%), Warren (16%), Bloomberg (11%), Klobuchar (5%), and Gabbard (1%).
A CBS News/YouGov poll also shows California shaking up between Sanders, Biden and Warren above 15%: Sanders (31%), Biden (19%), Warren (18%), Bloomberg (12%), Buttigieg (7%)*, Klobuchar (4%), Steyer (2%)* and Gabbard (1%).
The race is slightly more narrow in Texas, where Sanders leads Biden by single digits.
CBS News/YouGov: Sanders (30%), Biden (26%), Warren (17%), Bloomberg (13%), Klobuchar (6%), Buttigieg (7%)*, Steyer (1%)*, and Gabbard (0%)
But an NBC News/Marist poll shows Sanders up by 12 points over Biden in the Lone Star State: Sanders (34%), Biden (19%), Bloomberg (15%), Warren (10%), Buttigieg (8%)*, Klobuchar (3%), Gabbard (1%), Steyer (1%)*
Two polls show a tight race in North Carolina between Sanders and Biden:
NBC News/Marist has Senator Sanders leading by 2 points:
While East Carolina University shows Biden up over Sanders by 4 points: Biden (29%), Sanders (25%), Bloomberg (14%), Warren (11%), Klobuchar (5%), Buttigieg (7%)*, Gabbard (1%).
A Boston Globe/Suffolk poll has Sanders narrowly ahead of the home state Senator Warren:
Senator Amy Klobuchar looks to claim a victory in her home state. The most recent polls show her leading the field by 6 points.
Tomorrow is the biggest delegate haul of the Democratic Primary. Six candidates will vie for 1,357 delegates in 14 states, American Samoa, and among Democrats Abroad.
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