A new Emerson Poll in Massachusetts finds Sen. Bernie Sanders with 26% of the vote in the Democratic field, followed by Joe Biden at 23%, Elizabeth Warren at 14%, Pete Buttigieg at 11%, Beto O’Rourke at 8%, and Kamala Harris at 7%.
A new Change Research poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden continues to hold a large lead in the Democratic presidential primary with 32%. Biden is followed by Bernie Sanders at 14%, Kamala Harris at 10%, Cory Booker at 9%, Beto O’Rourke at 9%, Stacey Abrams at 7%, Pete Buttigieg at 7% and Elizabeth Warren at 6%.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds just 17% of Americans believe their taxes will go down as a result of President Trump’s 2017 tax law. By contrast, 28% believe they’ll pay more, 27% expect to pay about the same and 28% don’t know enough to say.
“That helps explain why the tax cut provided so little ballast for the GOP as Democrats recaptured control of the House in November’s midterm elections. Pew Research polling last month found that the tax cut remains underwater politically, with 36% of Americans expressing approval and 49% disapproval.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said that her presidential campaign has raised $5.2 million in the 7 weeks since launching her 2020 campaign, Axios reports.
Associated Press: “Less than two months into his second White House bid, no other declared candidate in the crowded Democratic field currently has amassed so many advantages: a $28 million war chest, a loyal and enthusiastic voter base and a set of clearly defined policy objectives.”
“That puts Sanders on markedly different footing than during his first White House run, creating new challenges for a candidate whose supporters relish his role as an underdog and an outsider. He now carries the weight of high expectations and will face heightened scrutiny over everything from the cost and feasibility of his government-funded policy proposals to his tax returns, which he has not yet released.”
Politico: “By the time he left the state on Sunday, it was also clear that the euphoria that greeted O’Rourke’s entry into the race three weeks earlier has started to subside. The inevitable slog of competing in a packed Democratic primary is underway, and O’Rourke has not yet drawn the wave of national adulation from the left that his Senate run against Ted Cruz last year received.”
“Democratic freshman lawmakers are posting huge fundraising numbers even though it is the beginning of the 2020 cycle, signaling trouble for Republicans hoping to reclaim the House,” the Washington Examinerreports.
“Democratic presidential candidates are posting some impressive first-quarter fundraising hauls. But it’s the stellar numbers from relatively obscure, freshman House Democrats that have caught the attention of Republican operatives.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s communications director “is leaving City Hall to work on his federal political action committee, the latest sign that de Blasio is leaning toward a run for president,” Politico reports.