A new Emerson poll finds Bernie Sanders leads the Democratic presidential race nationally with 29%, followed by Joe Biden at 24%, Pete Buttigieg at 9%, Kamala Harris at 8%, Beto O’Rourke at 8% and Elizabeth Warren at 7%.
Also interesting: “If Joe Biden decides not to run, Bernie Sanders looks to be the early beneficiary, picking up 31% of Bidens’ voters. Mayor Pete Buttigieg gets 17% of the Biden vote, followed by Beto O’Rourke at 13%.”
A new Mason Dixon poll in Alabama finds Roy Moore leading a GOP Senate primary race with 27%, followed by Rep. Mo Brooks at 18%, Rep. Bradley Byrne at 13% and Rep. Gary Palmer at 11%. LOL.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made income inequality a hallmark of his presidential campaign, earned with his wife about $566,000 last year and $1.15 million in 2017, putting them in the nation’s highest income brackets, according to tax returns released by the presidential candidate on Monday,” the Washington Post reports.
“Much of Sanders’s income came from books he has written about his democratic socialist platform, which includes a call for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.”
Beto O’Rourke “released 10 years’ worth of tax returns Monday night, becoming the latest 2020 presidential contender to reveal information about his personal finances,” the Washington Post reports.
“Sen. Kamala Harris is making inroads with elected officials and leaders in South Carolina ahead of her fourth visit to the crucial early-voting state this week — snagging the much-sought endorsement of former state Rep. Bakari Sellers on Monday,” Politico reports.
Politico: “Bernie Sanders entered the Fox’s den on Monday night — and he not only survived the hour-long encounter, but often dominated.”
“Appearing at a Fox News-hosted town hall smack dab in the middle of Trump Country, the Democratic presidential front-runner played the part, swatting down tough questions from the hosts about health care, defense spending, and his newfound wealth. At one point, the Vermont senator even led the network’s audience in a call-and-response that found them cheering loudly for his policies.”
New York Times: “In a memo on Sunday, [Senator Kirsten] Gillibrand’s campaign suggested that her fund-raising had been hampered by a continuing backlash to her decision in 2017 to call for the resignation of a fellow Democratic senator, Al Franken of Minnesota, over sexual harassment allegations.”
From the memo: “There’s no question that the first quarter was adversely impacted by certain establishment donors — and many online — who continue to punish Kirsten for standing up for her values and for women.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg made his call to scrap the Electoral College part of his 2020 campaign launch, The Hill reports. Said Buttigieg: “We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime the Electoral College has overruled the American people.” He added: “Why should our vote in Indiana only count once or twice in a century? Or your vote in Wyoming or New York?”
Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld said he planned to challenge President Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, Reuters reports.
Said Weld: “In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their ‘win at all cost’ battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering. It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag.”
I hated all those stories this past weekend on the news that President Trump raised $30M this past first quarter of 2019, “far outpacing every Democrat running against him.” Um, well, if you add all the Democrats up, it’s 75M to 30M. Who is outpacing who again?
“Having lots of money at the beginning of a presidential race — or even at the end — matters much less than it did in the past,” Axios reports.
“In many ways, the money primary is not important because money is important, but rather because it helps determine which candidates are taken seriously by the media.”
“A bare minimum of money is necessary to staff a campaign, keep it on the road, and keep its vital functions on track — although Trump might have effectively disproved even that. Beyond that bare minimum, money tends to go in two directions: consultants and TV ads.”