It’s Not Going To Be Your Average Tuesday #43

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Deepnews Digest #43

It’s Not Going To Be Your Average Tuesday

The last time Deepnews dipped into the Democratic primary, we were waiting for the first results from Iowa. Four weeks later the race is still in flux, with a clear front-runner in Bernie Sanders and a cast of others hoping South Carolina and the 14 Super Tuesday states give them the jolt to surpass him. This Digest, focused on reporting from the campaign trail rather than Washington, pulled in pieces from the biggest prizes, California and Texas, as well as contests in smaller states such as Alabama and Utah.

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Washington Post
The Tyrannosaurus rex emerges from the men’s room and almost runs smack into Michelle Kwan. It’s just another morning in Manchester on the weekend before the New Hampshire primary. Kwan, the former figure-skating champion, is here at the aptly named Rex Theater to stump for former vice president Joe Biden; the T. rex — or to give his full name, “Rx T. Rex” — is here to stomp for AARP, against the outrageous cost of prescription drugs.

Editor’s Note: While this Digest focuses on the campaigns, there are other characters that pop up along the trail to the White House. Here Samuel Ashworth of the Washington Post goes in depth on the issue of political “bird-doggers,” including some that dress up like dinosaurs or pigs.

The Guardian
With California’s primary just days away, teens up have been gathering at phone banks and walking neighborhoods, urging young voters to hit the polls

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Reuters
LOS ANGELES – As he looks ahead to California’s March 3 Democratic primary, Neal Kelley is having sleepless nights.

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USA Today
RICHMOND, Va. – Sean Mee walked the streets of this city’s trendy Fan District with a simple message: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will “get it done.”

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Houston Chronicle
As the Democratic presidential campaigns turn their attention to Texas, they are doing everything they can to create momentum with Latino voters by holding rallies, picking up endorsements of prominent political figures and trying to build a presence in the Hispanic community.

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The New York Times
LOS ANGELES — On the day before in-person early voting was to begin across California’s most populous county, there was no sign of life at Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign office in East Los Angeles last Friday. A metal gate out front was padlocked shut, with a missed-delivery notice from the Postal Service wedged into it.

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Financial Times ($)
On the Sunday morning after he came a distant but face-saving second place in the Nevada caucuses, Joe Biden told a group of African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, that his presidential ambitions now depended on them.

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Bloomberg
Pete Buttigieg executed his strategy almost perfectly. He won in Iowa and finished in a closer-than-expected second place in New Hampshire.

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The Daily Beast
Elizabeth Warren started early. She kept at it for months. And, three contests later, she has very little to show for the vast grassroots network that, for a time, was the envy of the field.

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Post and Courier
Former vice president Joe Biden caught a red-eye flight from Las Vegas to make sure he got to the North Charleston church on time Sunday morning.

Editor’s Note: Before Super Tuesday there is South Carolina. Here Caitlin Bird of the Post and Courier explores what makes the Palmetto State a “litmus test,” including the fact that 60 percent of the Democratic electorate there is African-American.

LA Times
It is one of the most consistent — and counterintuitive — facts behind Bernie Sanders’ four-year march from insurgent presidential contender to front-runner: The oldest candidate in the Democratic field owes his success to the youngest voters in the party.

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Star Tribune
The first time Justin Buoen managed a political campaign, not quite two decades ago, he moved into the City Council’s candidate’s St. Paul house for the three months leading up to Election Day. She won.

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Colorado Independent
Madison Garver knits when anxious, and lately has been knitting a lot.

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SF Chronicle
Bay Area residents have poured more than $28 million into the top Democratic presidential campaigns, with much of the money coming from the young, politically progressive neighborhoods of San Francisco, a Chronicle survey finds.

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AP
CHICAGO — Bernie Sanders’ ascendance in the Democratic presidential primary has brought louder calls for some of his rivals to drop out of the race. Centrists need to consolidate their support behind a single candidate if they want to ensure the party doesn’t nominate a democratic socialist, the argument goes. Someone needs to take one for the team.

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UC Berkeley
A crowded, fractious field of Democratic presidential candidates is likely to split California voters and reduce the state’s influence on the nomination process, say experts at UC Berkeley.

Editor’s Note: The California primary, and its trove of delegates, has moved up from recent years. But will it crown a winner or fade into the background as the contest drags on? Here Berkeley speaks to its political science professors about what’s different in 2020.

Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — A new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is poised to win Utah’s Democratic primary election Tuesday, but the more than $3 million spent in the state by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has helped propel him to second place.

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Boston Globe ($)
“He understands it. He puts cities and towns like Kinston in a position to be able to move forward,” Hardy said this week in an interview at City Hall before he left to meet Bloomberg in New York City on a trip paid for by the candidate’s campaign.

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The New York Times
Maps show all ads airing in 15-minute increments. Locations are based on media market areas. States in white will hold elections on Super Tuesday.

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NBC News
OKLAHOMA CITY — With the South Carolina primary just five days away, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is taking her presidential campaign to states that won’t vote for at least another week.

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Washington Examiner
GEORGETOWN, S.C. — The polls say Joe Biden is regaining a solid lead in South Carolina after a slump that followed dismal showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. In three new surveys, all taken in the last five days, Biden leads Bernie Sanders by 15 points, 16 points, and 20 points. (In two others, he has leads of eight and four points.)

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Texas Tribune
Recent polls suggest some candidates could miss the threshold to collect statewide delegates. That includes Michael Bloomberg, who has put more effort into the state than any other primary candidate.

Editor’s Note: Getting votes is all well and good, but they don’t translate to much if you don’t make the cutoff for delegates. Here the Texas Tribune, a non-profit newsroom based in Austin, delves into how it can affect the Lone Star State.

Ad Age ($)
“How did you find me?” Sheri Sadler Wolf says as she gets on the phone. Sadler Wolf is the founder and president of Sadler Strategic Media, the agency that did the media buys for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign — the reason for the call.

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Brookings
With Alabama being neither one of the four “early states” (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina) nor one of the most delegate-rich prizes on Super Tuesday (California and Texas), Alabama has suffered a dearth of polling for the Democratic primary.

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CBS Dallas
But it’s not clear that on Super Tuesday, it’ll be what Democratic voters in Texas want.

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