A new Monmouth poll finds Joe Biden currently has the support of 33% in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s followed by Bernie Sanders at 15%, Kamala Harris at 11%, Elizabeth Warren at 10%, Pete Buttigieig at 6%, Beto O’Rourke at 4% and Amy Klobuchar at 3%.
Candidates who receive 1% support include Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, and Marianne Williamson. The remaining 11 candidates included in the poll receive less than 1% or were not selected by any respondents.
Vox: “Do a quick scan of Twitter and for months, Warren supporters have been popping up expressing their joy and surprise that they’ve received a call from the senator herself. … What Warren is doing here is pretty straightforward: When a small-dollar donor gives money to her campaign through her website, they’re asked for some basic information, including their name, address, and phone number. That information comes in and her campaign picks out donors for her to call and thank. Her campaign has put out videos of her making the calls.”
“What makes this feel more organic and effective is the declarations of the people she’s calling announcing what’s happened and expressing their excitement. A lot of them are doing it on social media, and chances are those people are also telling their family and friends about getting a call from Liz.”
The Atlantic: “Barack Obama is literally more popular than Jesus among Democrats. Unfortunately, neither the former president nor any of the party’s 23 candidates currently seeking the 2020 nomination know quite what to do with that information.”
When asked about the ideal age for a president, a new Pew Research poll finds most Democrats say they prefer someone in their 40s through their 60s, with 47% saying the best age for a president is “in their 50s.”
Politico: “Bernie Sanders must win New Hampshire. Julian Castro is letting it all ride on Nevada. South Carolina is essential to Cory Booker’s chances.”
“The 23 candidates chasing the Democratic nomination are piling up events and plowing resources into the four early presidential states, telegraphing which states they’re prioritizing and which ones they’re writing off.”
“The campaigns are loathe to discuss the primary season map in terms of must-win states or contests they don’t think they can win. But already the outlines of their strategies are showing.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders inched closer to supporting impeachment proceedings against President Trump, saying “it may be time” for the House Judiciary Committee to determine whether to start the process, Politico reports.
Said Sanders: “I do understand where House members are coming from. And you’ve got this guy who is refusing to respect the Constitution, equal powers, and is rejecting requests for members of the administration to come forward.”
He added: “So, you know, I think it may be time at least to begin the process through the Judiciary Committee to determine whether or not there are impeachment proceedings.”
A new Quinnipiac poll finds that American voters support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, 94% to 4%. Voters also support stricter gun laws in the U.S. by 61% to 34%. Republicans, gun owners and voters in households where there is a gun are the only listed groups opposed.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds 28% of American voters say abortion should be legal in all cases, while 32% say abortion should be legal in most cases and just 27% say abortion should be illegal in most cases and 8% say it should be illegal in all cases.
The survey also found that voters agree 65% to 27% with the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.