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Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe.
We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.
LEADING THE DAY:
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) is poised to emerge from Super Tuesday with a lead in delegates, and the centrists who want to stop him have come to a stark realization: It’s time to band together or watch him run away with the nomination.
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s massive victory in South Carolina was a tipping point for the moderate Democrats who are worried that Sanders will lose to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the general election.
Biden’s victory on Saturday unlocked a flood of new donations and endorsements for his campaign.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) ended her presidential campaign on Monday and is en route to Dallas to back Biden’s bid. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE, who dropped out on Sunday night, will also endorse Biden for president.
Among the current lawmakers who have announced their support for Biden over the past 24 hours: Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Senate panel votes to require Pentagon to rename bases named after Confederates Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Ill.), Reps. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarThe DACA recipients protecting all Americans The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pence visits Orlando as all 50 states reopen The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug MORE (D-Texas), Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottAm I racist? The coronavirus crisis has cut the child care sector Lack of child care poses major hurdle as businesses reopen MORE (D-Va.), Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonDemocratic lawmaker calls for Peace Corps, Americorps volunteers to be eligible for unemployment benefits Black voters propel Biden to big wins in Virginia, NC, Alabama Biden notches major win in Virginia primary MORE (D-Va.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzVA initiates process to remove headstones with Nazi symbols Overnight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries VA secretary stops short of agreeing to remove Nazi headstones MORE (D-Fla.) and Greg StantonGregory (Greg) John StantonArizona lawmaker warns Pence state may end coronavirus testing due to shortage Sanders poised for big Super Tuesday The Hill’s Campaign Report: Centrists rush behind Biden to stop Sanders MORE (D-Ariz.). Party leaders coming out in support of Biden include former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, as well as former Sens. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE (D-Nev.) and Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerPolls show big bounce to Biden ahead of Super Tuesday Sanders poised for big Super Tuesday Establishment Democrats rallying behind Biden MORE (D-Calif.).
Biden, who has struggled to raise money, took in an astonishing $10 million over the course of 24 hours following his South Carolina victory.
The big question: Will the relatively late movement behind Biden be enough to blunt Sanders’s momentum heading into Super Tuesday?
Fourteen states will cast ballots tomorrow, including California, where Sanders is expected to win big, and Texas, where he’s led comfortably. Texas and California are the two biggest delegate prizes on the map.
Sanders is also expected to win Utah, Colorado, Maine and Vermont. He’s the favorite to win in Minnesota, now that Klobuchar is out, and he’s pushing to win in Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE’s home state of Massachusetts.
The polls in Virginia and North Carolina are close and could tip toward either Biden or Sanders.
Biden needs to win in the south, where voters in Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama are headed to the polls.
The wild card on Tuesday is former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars and will be on the ballot for the first time.
Bloomberg is clearly cutting into Biden’s support in the polls in Texas. But there are real questions about whether Bloomberg’s national ad campaign will translate into real votes when it matters most.
We’ll find out about that and a lot more when polls close tomorrow.
— Jonathan Easley
The Hill’s Max Greenwood: Klobuchar to drop out, endorse Biden.
The Hill’s Julia Manchester and Amie Parnes: Buttigieg to endorse Biden.
The Hill’s Jonathan Easley: Top liberal group endorses Sanders.
FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES:
Biden is ramping up his attacks on Sanders, warning that the progressive independent will cost Democrats seats in the House and Senate.
“There’s an awful lot of people who are running for office who don’t want to run with Bernie at the top of the ticket as a self-proclaimed socialist. Imagine here in Texas or in North Carolina or in Georgia, the idea, if I said to you, ‘This is an open test. You’re running for office. Do you want a very popular, self-proclaimed socialist or a popular mainstream Democrat running at the top of the ticket?’ My guess is in most states, they’d say no.” – Biden in an interview with CBS News.
Massachusetts Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMassachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy says Patriots ‘should sign’ Kaepernick Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D) holds a six-point lead over longtime incumbent Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D) in the Bay State’s Democratic Senate primary, according to a Suffolk University/WBZ/Boston Globe survey released on Sunday.
The House Democrats’ campaign arm is targeting seven House Republicans in ads over the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus and the affordability of a potential vaccine, The Hill’s Rebecca Klar reports.
Antjuan Seawright: February gladness brings March madness
Glenn Greenwald: Democrats should beware a brokered convention
The Nation: Bernie Sanders for president
Isaac Chotiner: How socialist is Bernie Sanders?
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Perry Bacon, Jr.: Why Buttigieg dropped out
Sanders: 29 percent
Biden: 26 percent
Bloomberg: 17 percent
Warren: 11 percent
NORTH CAROLINA (High Point):
Sanders: 31 percent
Bloomberg: 18 percent
Biden: 14 percent
Warren: 11 percent
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Super Tuesday is tomorrow.
-North Dakota Democratic caucuses
-Washington State primaries
-Eleventh Democratic presidential primary debate
-Arizona Democratic primary
Puerto Rico Democratic primary
ONE FUN THING:
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and other Virginia politicians were late to a press conference for former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday after the elevator they were riding in got stuck.
About 30 minutes after the 8 a.m. press conference was expected to begin, McAuliffe tweeted out an update to explain his absence.
“Hey @JoeBiden ! If you are wondering about why we are not at our 8am press conference for you – we are stuck in an elevator in downtown RICHMOND. 30 minutes and counting!” McAuliffe tweeted along with a group photo that included Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
Hey @JoeBiden! If you are wondering about why we are not at our 8am press conference for you – we are stuck in an elevator in downtown RICHMOND. 30 minutes and counting! #TeamJoe pic.twitter.com/SVpTIUoYfC
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) March 2, 2020
Minutes after the tweet, the Richmond Fire Department came to the rescue.
UPDATE: Saved! THANK YOU RICHMOND Fire Department @iaff1286 always has #TeamJoe’s back! pic.twitter.com/aB0GHCzf1Q
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) March 2, 2020