The Campaign Report – 11/13/2019

A new Monmouth poll in Iowa finds Pete Buttigieg leading the Democratic field with 22%, followed by Joe Biden at 19%, Elizabeth Warren at 18% and Bernie Sanders at 13%.

They are followed by Amy Klobuchar at 5%, Kamala Harris at 3%, Tom Steyer at 3%, Andrew Yang at 3%, Cory Booker at 2%, and Tulsi Gabbard at 2%.

However, just 28% of likely caucusgoers are firmly decided on their candidate choice.

Said pollster Patrick Murray: “Iowa caucusgoers are used to changing their minds up to the last minute. In fact, some probably even look forward to waiting until caucus night to settle on a candidate. This all translates to a race that is extremely fluid and will probably stay that way up to February 3rd.”

The Republican National Committee is sending mailers to some Oregon voters that mimic the look of a U.S. Census form and solicit donations for President Trump’s re-election, the AP reports.

Hillary Clinton declined to rule out launching a future presidential campaign after her two failed bids, saying “many, many, many people” were pressuring her to enter the race, Politico reports.

Said Clinton: “I, as I say, never, never, never say never. I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.”

Stop it, Hillary. No. You had two chances at the Presidency and you lost. I know it’s unfair. But your time as a candidate is at an end.

What distinguishes Elizabeth Warren “from the other Democratic presidential candidates traipsing across Iowa is the systematic approach she’s taken with her campaign,” the Des Moines Register reports.

“From her opening song—which channels themes of class, politics and populism—to the selfie lines and the ‘2 cents’ chants that ripple through crowds, Warren employs a methodical approach to events and organizing.”

A new Atlanta Journal Constitution poll in Georgie found that 54% of registered Georgia voters approve of the House impeachment inquiry, while 44% of voters oppose it and 2% don’t know or refused to answer. Asked whether he should be removed from office, Georgians were almost evenly split: 47% to 47%, with 6% who did not answer or didn’t know.

“Michael Bloomberg flew to Arkansas on Tuesday morning to personally file paperwork to become a presidential candidate in the state’s Democratic primary, sending a highly public signal about his strong interest in entering the 2020 race,” the New York Times reports.

“In a further sign that Mr. Bloomberg is likely to run, one of his longtime lieutenants informed the Pete Buttigieg campaign that he could no longer back the South Bend, Ind., mayor in a primary that included Mr. Bloomberg.”

“Bloomberg is expected to make a final decision within days on whether to proceed with a presidential campaign. People close to him believe his mind is all but made up and his advisers have been recruiting potential campaign staff at a furious pace since the end of last week.”

Because they are stupid.

With just a few days until the election, a new Cygnal poll in Louisiana shows Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) narrowly leading challenger Eddie Rispone (R), 50% to 48%, with 2% of voters still undecided.

CBS News poll: “Eight in ten Americans have an opinion on whether the president deserves to be impeached, and are divided today much as they have been for weeks, with 43% saying he does and 40% saying he does not. Seventeen percent say it is too soon to say, but many of them are also not paying as much attention.”

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) dropped out of the race for president, ending his protest bid 60 days after it began, the Charleston Post & Courier reports.

Sanford said there was “no appetite on the right for a nuanced conversation on the fiscal deficit.”

“A Democratic group is unveiling a $3 million advertising campaign Tuesday featuring people who supported President Trump but now regret it, the first wave of a yearlong effort to reclaim some of the voters in the industrial Midwest who helped tip the 2016 election,” the New York Times reports.

Here are the ads for MichiganWisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings resigned as chair of the Maryland Democratic Party on Monday night and announced she would seek the congressional seat vacated by the death of her husband, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Washington Post reports.

Wall Street Journal: “As Nikki Haley embarks on a publicity tour for her new book, allies of President Trump are already wondering what she is going to do next.”

“Almost a year after she stepped down as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Haley remains an object of fascination among Mr. Trump’s associates—and she is one of the rare former administration officials who has been able to criticize the president without inviting his fury. In her book, Ms. Haley tempers her disagreements with Mr. Trump and offers a largely positive view of her time in the administration.”

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2 comments on “The Campaign Report – 11/13/2019

  1. cassandram

    “But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans,” Clinton added.

    ^^^THIS is the next thing she said in that BBC interview and even doubled down on it. I heard this Tuesday AM, BTW.

    So let’s stop with the bullshit hyperventilating about a possible Clinton run. She’s doing pretty well as No Fucks Left to Give Hillary.

  2. cassandram

    The 538 piece on why more Dems are getting into the race is EXCELLENT. We have folks looking for comfort rather than governing ideas.

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