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More than 20% of NYC mail-in votes in Democratic presidential primary were disqualified

More than 1 out of every 4 mail-in ballots submitted by New York City residents in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary were not counted because they failed meet one or more submission criteria, according to the New York Post.

The city Board of Elections received over 400,000 mail-in ballots, but certified results released Wednesday revealed that only about 318,000 mail-in ballots were counted. That means about 84,000 people who attempted to vote in the primary did not get their vote counted — another example of the potential problems that could arise in November under a universal vote-by-mail system.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) facilitated the high number of mail-in ballots with an executive order expanding the practice and providing pre-paid return envelopes to make it free and easy for people to vote by mail. The result was an extremely high invalidation rate and accusations of disenfranchisement.

From the Post:

“A 26 percent invalidation rate is astounding. It’s very troubling,” said Arthur Schwartz, who represented several candidates in a federal lawsuit claiming voters were disenfranchised over the BOE and Postal Service’s handling of ballots.

A federal judge ruled Monday that thousands of voters were disenfranchised because of the tardy mailing and processing of the ballots.

The mess included votes not being counted because the pre-paid ballot envelopes were not postmarked.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he has had “deep concerns” about the Board of Elections for a while, but even after this massive failure he trusts them to do better in November when even more people could be voting by mail, because other states do it.

“I am certain they can learn from this and be prepared for the general election,” de Blasio said. “Three months is a long time. There are whole states in this country that do everything with mail-in [voting] and it works perfectly well.”

In Brooklyn, 30,000 out of 120,000 mail-in ballots were invalidated. In some cases, voters failed to sign the envelope properly. In other cases, the postal service failed to postmark the ballots or was simply too slow in delivering the mail.

The postal service has recently made changes to its operations to cut costs, and acknowledged at the time of those changes that they could lead to delays in mail delivery. Because the current postmaster general is an ally of President Donald Trump, Democrats have accused Trump of attempting to sabotage the election by slowing down postal service deliveries.

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A new source goes on the record to corroborate sexual assault claims against Joe Biden

Another source has surfaced to corroborate the sexual assault claims of Tara Reade against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and she’s made them on the record to the Business Insider.

The source is a former neighbor of Reade’s who says that she discussed the heinous accusations with her in the 1990s.

“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” said Lynda LaCasse.

LaCasse confirmed the graphic details of Reade’s account to the Business Insider.

“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said.

“And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt,” she added, repeating more details. “She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”

Reade says that Biden assaulted her in a brutal manner in 1993 during the time she worked as a congressional aide at his office. The Biden campaign has denied the allegations.

LaCasse says she told Reade to go to the police at the time.

“I don’t remember all the details,” LaCasse said. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”

LaCasse says that she’s aware there might be repercussions for her coming out publicly about the story. She added that she is a Democrat that still supports Biden.

“I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat,” she said. “And I’m for Biden, regardless. But still I have to come out and say this.”

Insider confirmed through public records that LaCasse lived next to Reade.

Here’s more about the allegations against Biden:


“It Shattered My Life”: Former Joe Biden Staffer Tara Reade Says He Sexually Assaulted Her in 1993

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New York bucks request from the Sanders campaign and cancels Democratic primary

New York state has canceled its Democratic presidential primary due to COVID-19 concerns despite a request not to do so by the campaign for former candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). The primary was scheduled to take place on June 23 — nearly two full months from today.

The Democratic members of the state’s Board of Elections made the unprecedented decision in a vote Monday morning, the Associated Press reported. The state still plans to hold its congressional and state-level primaries on Election Day in June.

Commissioner Andrew Spano reportedly pondered the decision at length but eventually decided it was unwise to force voters to choose between their democratic duty and their health.

The commissioner added that for contested races it made sense to give voters an opportunity to choose. But as as for the presidential primary, it didn’t make sense to “have anyone on the ballot just for the purposes of issues at a convention.”

‘Essentially a beauty contest’

Commissioner Douglas Kellner echoed that sentiment, citing Sanders’ recent decision to drop out of the presidential race and support presumptive nominee Joe Biden.

“That has effectively ended the real contest for the presidential nomination,” Kellner said. “And what the Sanders supporters want is essentially a beauty contest that, given the situation with the public health emergency that exists now, seems to be unnecessary and, indeed, frivolous.”

A lawyer for the Sanders campaign, Malcolm Seymour, asked the election commissioners Sunday not to cancel the primary.

“Senator Sanders has collaborated with state parties, the national party and the Biden campaign, to strengthen the Democrats by aligning the party’s progressive and moderate wings. His removal from the ballot would hamper those efforts, to the detriment of the party in the general election,” Seymour wrote in a letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

The move will undoubtedly anger Sanders supporters who reportedly bombarded Spano and Kellner’s offices with emails urging them to keep their candidate on the ballot.

Sanders has argued that he wants to stay on ballots in order to effect change to the Democratic Party’s platform.


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AOC says it’s ‘legitimate’ to bring up Biden’s accuser, warns Dems not to prioritize beating Trump over discussing sexual assault allegations

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted her own party Tuesday for its attempts to “silence” any discussion of the recent allegations of sexual assault against former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Ocasio-Cortez, who was a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary campaign, has so far resisted calls to immediately rally around Biden after her favored candidate exited the race last week. Now, she is saying that “it’s legitimate to talk about” the allegations of sexual assault against Biden.

According to CBS News, Ocasio-Cortez was communicating with questioners in an online conversation on The Wing, a networking and community space for women, when one woman brought up the accusations leveled against Biden by Tara Reade, who alleges the then-Delaware senator assaulted her while she was working as his staff assistant in 1993.

The questioner stated her opposition to President Trump’s re-election, but also noted that she “really resent[ed] the fact that the other choice is someone who has a really long history of being creepy to women.”

“What you’re voicing is so legitimate and real,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “That’s why I find this kind of silencing of all dissent to be a form of gaslighting.”

Biden’s campaign quickly denied the allegations after they surfaced late last month. Since then, Democratic lawmakers and members of the mainstream media — the same two parties who pushed for discussion of allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation fight — have been all but silent on the issue.

“I think it’s legitimate to talk about these things,” the progressive New York congresswoman added. “And if we want, if we again want to have integrity, you can’t say, you know — both believe women, support all of this, until it inconveniences you, until it inconveniences us.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who is certainly no fan of President Trump, even went so far as to acknowledge that not discussing allegations is the “exact opposite of integrity” and that it is “not okay” to prioritize beating Trump over discussing sensitive issues such as the allegations against Biden.

Reade told CBS News that she is grateful for Ocasio-Cortez’s support, saying, “I’m very humbled and honored because she is literally the only politician that has spoken up on my behalf.”

In an interview with journalist and podcaster Katie Halper last month, Reade said that in 1993, Biden digitally assaulted her against her will in a “side area.”

“We were alone, and it was the strangest thing. There was no, like, exchange really, he just had me up against the wall,” Reade said. “His hands were on me and underneath my clothes.”

Allegations like Reade’s are not a new phenomenon for the presumptive Democratic nominee. Biden has been accused by numerous women of inappropriate behavior during his tenure as a politician.

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Jill Stein encourages followers to leave the Democratic party after Bernie drops out, and Democrats are melting down

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein responded to the end of the presidential campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by telling her followers to exit the Democratic party, and many Democrats were incensed at the suggestion.

“Bernie Sanders ran a good race. Now it’s clearer than ever: establishment Dems’ top priority is sabotaging progressives to maintain their own power,” Stein tweeted on Wednesday.

“@GreenPartyUS welcomes all who understand that the fight for people, planet & peace must continue,” she added, with the hashtag “DemExit.”

Stein supported the Sanders campaign, but many Democrats blame her and her supporters for the stunning loss of Hillary Clinton to then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

The furious online response

Many on the left took to Twitter to excoriate her for throwing her support away from the establishment candidate, Joe Biden, after Sanders exited the race.

“You need to be airdropped straight into Moscow. And stay the hell there. Freaking traitor,” tweeted feminist Ellen Hopkins.

“Didn’t you sabotage the last election allowing Trump to win? Hard to take this comment seriously,” responded blogger Tom Coates.

“When the @DrJillStein idiots were willing to lose two Supreme Court seats to Mitch McConnell that’s when I knew they were full of s**t and had no intention of overturning Citizens United or anything else. They just wanted to blow things up,” replied film blogger Sasha Stone.

“INTO THE SUN may she f**k right off,” tweeted author Cherie Priest.

“Jill Stein felt all kinds of wrong, like she was a pawn or something even more nefarious,” responded author Raquel Cepeda.

“Jill Stein threatening DemExit is like Tanya Harding threatening to quit figure skating,” said one user.

Here’s more from Jill Stein:


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President Trump says Andrew Cuomo would make a better presidential candidate than Joe Biden

President Donald Trump said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) would be a better presidential candidate than former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee, Politico reported.

Cuomo has received heightened national attention as the state of New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, leading some to speculate about his potential as a presidential candidate.

“I wouldn’t mind running against Andrew,” Trump said Monday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “I’ve known Andrew for a long time. I wouldn’t mind that, but I’ll be honest, I think he’d be a better candidate than Sleepy Joe. Now, it’s every poll that says I’m going to win, because you say [Cuomo’s] gotten good marks, but I’ve gotten great marks on what we’ve done with respect to this. I’ve gotten great marks and even from almost every Democratic governor, so I’ve gotten great marks also, but we want to always make sure we have a great president and somebody that’s capable. I personally don’t think Joe Biden is capable.”

President Trump also said that Cuomo has been successful in handling the coronavirus situation because the Trump administration has equipped him to be successful through the provision of resources.

Cuomo, focused on an escalating public health crisis in his state, said Monday he has no presidential aspirations at this time, and that he’s grateful to the president for the assistance he’s given.

“I said from day one I wasn’t running for president, and I am not running for president now,” Cuomo said during a news conference. “I am not playing politics. I just want partnership to deal with this. And I said to the president quite clearly, look, when you do good things for my state and you are a good partner, I will be the first one to say you are a good partner and I have. I went to the ship Comfort today. I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ We opened up the Javits Center, I said thank you to the Army. They did a great job here, the Army Corps of Engineers.”

More than 1,500 deaths have been linked to coronavirus in New York, and there have been more than 9,000 confirmed cases. The rapidly increasing number of cases in the state has led to concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment and hospital beds.

The USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York Harbor on Monday to expand the state’s capacity to treat patients.

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Joe Biden’s ‘lit’ virtual happy hour with young voters flopped hard as livestream drew only 2,800 simultaneous viewers

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s
virtual happy hour Thursday night designed to attract young voters didn’t quite pan out like the campaign hoped it would as the livestream drew just a meager 2,800 simultaneous viewers — many of them not even supporters of the candidate.

The event, which aired live from the “recreation room” in Biden’s Delaware home, was promoted by the campaign as an informal roundtable with the 77-year-old candidate on issues that young Americans care about.

Initially, viewers were allowed to comment to the stream, the whole point of a livestream campaign event being interaction between the candidate and the viewers. But before long, the campaign opted to disable the commenting feature evidently due to an influx of negative comments trolling the event.

For some reason, Bo Erickson, a CBS News reporter following the 2020 Biden campaign, called the event “lit” on Twitter after reporting the embarrassing livestream numbers. Others quickly piled on.

“I have more cats staring at me right now,” one social media user joked.

“2,800 is nothing. Does [‘lit’] mean it’s a dumpster fire?” another added.

“This whole thing is cringeworthy,” a viewer on YouTube said.

Then, of course, no Biden event is complete without a gaffe of some sort. Like this one, where Biden completely mixed up the details surrounding his honorary professorship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Biden has been
struggling to insert himself into the national spotlight ever since the Democratic primary campaign was placed on the back burner amid the COVID-19 pandemic several weeks ago.

First, he announced he would hold ”
shadow briefings” from his home in order to counter President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. But that plan got off to a rough start and so far has failed to course correct. Then, his campaign announced a series of scheduled virtual happy hours. But after Thursday night’s results, it remains to be seen whether the campaign forges on with the rest.

Lately, it seems the only national attention that Biden is getting is the unwanted kind — on Wednesday, a former Biden staffer
accused him of sexual assault.

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Former campaign staffers file class-action lawsuit alleging Mike Bloomberg promised pay through November then fired them

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg spent hundreds of millions of dollars on his failed Democratic presidential campaign before dropping out and endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.

In the process of running for president, he hired a large staff, paying some of them well above average salaries and allegedly promising them employment through November, even if Bloomberg was not the nominee.

In the weeks following Bloomberg dropping out, however, some staffers were abruptly fired and left without promised health insurance benefits — just as COVID-19 was spreading across the United States. So, they’re taking action against Bloomberg in two separate lawsuits.

One lawsuit alleges that employees were recruited under false pretenses and not paid adequately for overtime. The second lawsuit addresses the alleged promises of employment through November. From NPR:

“The Bloomberg campaign’s hiring managers understood that potential applicants for field staff positions like the plaintiffs would be motivated to work for Mike Bloomberg 2020 because of their interest in working on the general election to defeat Donald Trump,” the lawsuit states.

“Accordingly, the Mike Bloomberg 2020 hiring managers expressly promised field staff applicants for Mike Bloomberg 2020 that they would be employed by Mike Bloomberg 2020 to perform work on the primary campaign to elect Michael Bloomberg as the Democratic nominee and election, regardless of whether Bloomberg won the nomination, and stated that the Bloomberg campaign would keep open and financially support its field offices through the general election campaign.”

Bloomberg dropped out of the primary after a disappointing Super Tuesday finish and endorsed Biden, who has opened up a potentially insurmountable lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Bloomberg also made what amounts to an $18 million personal donation to the Democratic National Committee, which was allowable because it came from his campaign committee — which was self-funded. Bloomberg spent nearly $1 billion on his campaign.

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Mike Bloomberg’s campaign donates $18M to the DNC, fires staff who say they were promised jobs through November

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who briefly (and expensively) ran for president this year, is donating $18 million to the Democratic National Committee instead of creating a super PAC to support the Democratic presidential nominee as he previously planned, NPR reported.

Bloomberg’s donation is possible because of a loophole in campaign contribution limits. Since the money comes from his own campaign committee, there is no limit to how much he can donate. And since Bloomberg self-funded his entire campaign, he is essentially making an individual contribution of $18 million to the DNC.

Even a donation of that size is smaller than what some expected from him when he was planning to launch a super PAC. NPR reported that Bloomberg had hinted in the past that he might be contributing up to $1 billion to get a Democrat into the White House.

“While we considered creating our own independent entity to support the nominee and hold the president accountable, this race is too important to have many competing groups with good intentions but that are not coordinated and united in strategy and execution,” a memo from Bloomberg’s campaign to DNC Chairman Tom Perez read.

Broken promises: Bloomberg’s campaign notably paid staffers higher-than-normal salaries and reportedly promised some of them they’d be on staff through the November election regardless of whether Bloomberg was still in the race or not. That is turning out to be too good to be true, however. From Business Insider:

When he exited the race March 4, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City promised to pay his staff through the end of the month and to keep offices in some key battleground states open through the race to support the Democratic Party.

But Business Insider talked to two former Bloomberg campaign staffers — who asked to remain anonymous because they signed nondisclosure agreements — who said they were shocked to be let go last week.

The Bloomberg campaign is closing offices in all but six battleground states. The offices that are remaining open are being transferred to the state parties. Laid-off staffers are now concerned about losing income and health insurance in the midst of a pandemic and an economic shutdown.

“I literally quit my previous job to be able to work on Mike’s campaign, I upheld all of the promises I made to the campaign, I worked my ass off for the campaign, all to feel deceived and left without a job that I was promised,” a former Virginia staffer told Business Insider.

After failing to be competitive on Super Tuesday, Bloomberg dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Pro-life Democratic congressman — one of the few remaining — loses Democratic primary in Illinois to progressive

One of the few remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress lost his primary to a candidate backed by the progressive group Justice Democrats — the same organization that backed New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, among others.

Who was it? Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), a member of the Blue Dog coalition in the House that consists of centrist Democrats, lost to Marie Newman, a progressive candidate who first ran unsuccessfully in 2018.

LIpinski was running for his ninth term in Congress, but with the loss becomes the first incumbent to lose a primary in 2020.

Newman was boosted this time around by stronger fundraising efforts and stronger support from abortion rights groups like EMILY’s List, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.

“We learned from the first race — there are things that I didn’t do well, and I’m now doing well,” Newman said, CNN reported.

Lipinski’s voting record: It is increasingly difficult for Democrats who don’t move further to the left on issues like abortion and health care to avoid primary challenges from more progressive candidates.

Lipinski regularly votes on the pro-life side of abortion proposals, and he voted against the Affordable Care Act. Justice Democrats, which backed Newman, is an organization that recruits and grooms far-left candidates to challenge incumbent lawmakers from the left.

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas is another Blue Dog Democrat who faced a Justice Democrats challenge this year, but he defeated Jessica Cisneros in their primary contest.

“This is a critical victory for the progressive movement in showing that voters are ready for a new generation of progressive leadership in the Democratic Party,” said Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, according to The Hill. “This isn’t just a loss for one incumbent. It’s a defeat for machine politics and big corporate donors who want to stop our movement for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and reproductive rights.”

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Pentagon officials say Joe Biden’s coronavirus proposal is totally wrong and would actually make things worse

Former Vice President Joe Biden offered his proposal for how he would handle the coronavirus, and it involved the military. Unfortunately for Biden, however, Pentagon officials think it’s a bad idea, U.S. News reported.

Sunday night’s Democratic primary debate was overshadowed by the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, which is taking lives and disrupting the world economy. The United States has observed as some countries have handled it relatively well, and others relatively poorly. Perhaps the largest question that will determine how the United States fares is whether or not our health care system can handle the inevitable increase in patient volume.

Biden’s plan: To address the reality that U.S. hospitals may not have enough beds and enough medical equipment to treat everyone who will get the coronavirus, as well as patients suffering from other issues, Biden said he would turn to the military.

“I would call out the military now,” Biden said at the Democratic debate. “They have the ability to provide this surge that hospitals need. … They have the capacity to build 500 hospital beds and tents that are completely safe and secure. It’s a national emergency, and I would call out the military.”

The Pentagon disagrees: It is true that the military has the ability to quickly build mobile hospital facilities that can treat hundreds of patients — but they’re not exactly ideal for dealing with an infectious disease. From U.S. News:

[Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs, the surgeon for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff] and Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, who also spoke at the briefing, said that the mobile hospital facilities the military can rapidly deploy do not typically isolate patients as medical professionals would need to contain the spread of a disease like the coronavirus. Rather, they keep patients together in common spaces and sometimes stack beds four-high to maximize space – the kind of grouping that would have the opposite effect of containment.

“What we’re trying to be careful of is not over-promising,” Friedrichs said.

Hoffman also emphasized that even with the capability to build facilities, the military would face a serious personnel and equipment shortage that would have to be filled from another source.

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AOC distanced herself from Bernie Sanders’ campaign after alleged conflicts over immigration rhetoric, Joe Rogan

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appeared to be a huge boost to the democratic socialist’s presidential campaign — but shortly before the Iowa caucuses, the relationship between the two like-minded politicians cooled off, HuffPost reported.

Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) were competing for the Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement, and she came out in favor of Sanders in October when he was fading somewhat in the polls and recovering from a heart attack that threatened his candidacy.

Iowa issues: Between October and late January, Ocasio-Cortez spoke for Sanders at 15 large rallies, including crucial events in Iowa while Sanders was in Washington, D.C., for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Problems surfaced after a Jan. 25 rally in which Ocasio-Cortez gave an entire speech on Sanders’ behalf without mentioning his name once. She also encouraged people to work against immigration authorities on behalf of illegal immigrants. HuffPost reported that Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Ocasio-Cortez he didn’t like her advocating for open noncooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, although Shakir has denied such communication.

Joe Rogan conflict: Sanders picked up another high-profile endorsement during that same late January period, when popular podcast host Joe Rogan indicated that he’d be voting for Sanders.

That endorsement was controversial in progressive circles, because Rogan has said some decidedly non-progressive things about transgender people — specifically that biological men who transition to become transgender women should not be able to compete in mixed martial arts fights against biological women.

Still, Sanders’ campaign chose to embrace and publicize Rogan’s endorsement — and Ocasio-Cortez was reportedly unhappy with that decision.

Ocasio-Cortez backs away: After a Jan. 26 event in Iowa, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t campaign for Sanders for more than two weeks before showing up in New Hampshire, although a source familiar with the situation told HuffPost “it was like pulling teeth” to make that happen.

In the next month after that Feb. 10 New Hampshire appearance, Ocasio-Cortez reportedly turned down numerous requests from the Sanders campaign to speak for him in Nevada and South Carolina. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s big wins in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday allowed Biden to take control of the primary from Sanders.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Joe Biden commits to choosing a female running mate so his administration ‘will look like the country’

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday night he would choose a woman to be his vice president, something he has hinted at in the past but fully committed to during the Democratic primary debate, CNN reported.

What did he say?

“If I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a, pick a woman to be vice president,” Biden said during the Sunday night debate in Washington, D.C. “There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”

Who are those women?

Several women have been either mentioned by Biden or rumored to be in consideration to be Biden’s running mate, including former presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Other potential running mates for Biden include former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, former Attorney General Sally Yates, and Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

What did Sanders say?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) strongly indicated that he would also choose a woman, although he did not say so definitively. Instead, he said “in all likelihood” he would choose a woman, while saying that if he did, it needed to be a progressive woman.

“For me, it’s not just nominating a woman,” Sanders said, according to CNN. “It is making sure that we have a progressive woman, and there are progressive women out there, so my very strong tendency is to move in that direction.”

Where the race stands

Sunday night’s debate was in Washington, D.C., after being moved from Arizona due to coronavirus concerns. It was held with no live audience, and the candidates were stationed six feet apart from one another in accordance with public health officials’ guidance.

Biden has a 154-delegate lead over Sanders in the primary, with 890 total delegates (1,991 are needed to secure the nomination). Illinois, Florida, Arizona, and Ohio hold primary elections Tuesday. Louisiana, Georgia, and Wyoming have delayed their primaries because of coronavirus concerns.

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Ocasio-Cortez blames ‘rampant voter suppression’ for Bernie’s loss in Michigan, ignoring a glaring problem with the excuse

Socialist democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was pressed on why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lost the primary contest in Michigan, and she blamed “rampant voter suppression.”

Ocasio-Cortez was on “Special Report” with Bret Baier on Fox News when she made the comments Thursday.

“How can you say the progressive position is still prevailing nationwide when Joe Biden is winning so much?” asked Baier, using Sanders’ loss in the Michigan primary as a springboard.

“Well, I think one thing that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

“Right there in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan. And so when we talk about who’s turning out and who’s not turning out, we absolutely need to be clear,” she added.

“You’re saying that you think voters didn’t get to vote that wanted to vote in Michigan?” Baier replied.

“Absolutely!” Ocasio-Cortez answered.

“You know, obviously, there’s also more that we need to do in terms of turning out youth voters,” she added. “We need to make sure that we’re inspiring young people to turn out. But when you do turn out, you should not be waiting three, four, seven hours in order to vote.”

Critics of Ocasio-Cortez noted on social media that Joe Biden won the primary by more than 260,000 votes, which would be nearly impossible to reach by voter suppression.

Rather than address the criticism, Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitter to assure her supporters that she had gone on Fox News for a good reason.

“I usually don’t go on FOX on principle, but misinformation about coronavirus has made me concerned about risk,” she offered.

Here’s the video of her comments:



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Bernie supporters now browbeating Biden into moving much farther left in order to ‘unify the party’

After a series of disappointing losses in the Democratic primary campaign, surrogates and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have resigned themselves to browbeating former Vice President Joe Biden into adopting more progressive issues.

Several who are sympathetic to Sanders’ cause have taken to Twitter to urge Biden to move to the left, threatening that a failure to do so will crater his chances at uniting the party.

What are they saying?

Vox blogger and Sanders supporter Matthew Yglesias demanded that Biden make “major concessions to the left” if he expects to unify the party. These concessions include a minimum wage increase, government-run health care expansions, and a multi-trillion dollar investment to stem the tide of climate change.

Prominent Sanders surrogate and controversial ex-Women’s March board member, Linda Sarsour, suggested it’s only “fair and reasonable” that Biden “concede & negotiate” on issues.

Mashable reported Matt Binder added that Bernie and his supporters don’t “owe” Biden anything and that Biden and his supporters “would have to earn [their] votes.”

Sanders stays in the race

The bully tactics from supporters match that of the candidate, as a defiant Sanders announced Wednesday that he would stay in the race for the Democratic nomination in the face of key losses in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho on Tuesday night. The democratic socialist asserted that, despite losing at the ballot box, his campaign is winning the “ideological debate.”

He likewise pointed to his campaign’s success with younger voters, arguing that he is winning the “generational debate,” as well.

“Today, I say to the Democratic establishment: In order to win in the future, you need to win the voters who represent the future of our country, and you must speak to the issues of concern to them,” he said.

After Tuesday’s losses, Sanders now trails Biden by 150 pledged delegates, 860-710, according to RealClearPolitics.

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Democratic Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says DNC should consider canceling future debates since Biden has basically won

Former Vice President Joe Biden dominated “Super Tuesday 2,” possibly putting the Democratic presidential nomination out of the reach of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Majority whip Jim Clyburn, an influential Democratic representative from South Carolina — who gave Biden a key endorsement — said the Democratic National Committee should consider treating Biden as the presumptive nominee and canceling future primary debates.

What did Clyburn say?

“I think we will be at a point where Joe Biden will be the prohibitive nominee of the party,” Clyburn told NPR. “And I think the DNC, the Democratic National Committee, should then step in, make an assessment, and determine whether or not they ought to have any more debates.”

Clyburn’s endorsement of Biden before the South Carolina primary helped push the former vice president to a dominant victory in the state — the first primary state Biden ever won in three attempts to run for president — and kicked off Biden’s charge past Sanders in the race.

What happened Tuesday?

Biden easily beat Sanders in Michigan, a state in which Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary. Biden also won Idaho, Mississippi, and Missouri. Sanders won North Carolina. Washington is too close to call, but with 76% of precincts reporting, Sanders leads Biden by 0.2% — just 84 votes.

The victories give Biden a nearly 100-delegate lead, which will be extremely difficult for Sanders to overcome in the Democratic primary system that awards delegates proportionally, rather than in a winner-take-all format. FiveThirtyEight’s primary forecast, which was last updated before Tuesday’s results, only gives Sanders a 0.1% chance of winning the nomination.

Sanders did not address his supporters Tuesday night after the disappointing results, and instead went home to Vermont. There is no indication yet from his campaign that he will drop out ahead of the next scheduled debate, but there will be increasingly loud and frequent calls for him to exit the race for the sake of party unity against President Donald Trump.

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Biden tells voter he’s ‘full of s**t,’ threatens to slap him in the face in confrontation over gun control in Michigan

Former Vice President Joe Biden talks often about banning some guns that are currently legal. He recently promised to put Beto O’Rourke, an astonishing failure of a presidential candidate, in charge of gun policy in his administration. O’Rourke, when he was running for president, talked enthusiastically about confiscating currently legal guns.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s,” O’Rourke famously said.

With that established, we now go to Michigan, where Biden was campaigning to get autoworkers’ support. As he presumably was attempting to convince people to vote for him, he engaged in a discussion with a voter about the aforementioned stance on gun control and told the voter he was “full of s**t.”

How it happened

Biden was touring a Fiat Chrysler assembly plant that is under construction and meeting with members of an electrical workers’ union.

One of those workers confronted Biden about his proposed ban on assault weapons, particularly the AR-15. Here’s how it went:

“You are actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns,” the worker said.

“You’re full of s**t,” Biden shot back.

Biden went on about how he owns guns and how his sons hunt, which is his usual response when he’s challenged on guns. He also erroneously called the AR-15 an “AR-14.” When the worker correctly noted that there is documented proof of Biden’s intent to take away guns, Biden dismissed it as a lie, and this exchange followed. From CBS News:

“This is not OK, alright?” the man said, to which Biden replied, “Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go out and slap you in the face.”

“You’re working for me, man!” the worker said.

“I’m not working for you,” Biden said. “Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”

To recap, Biden told this voter who is concerned about the preservation of the Second Amendment that he’s full of s**t, threatened to slap him in the face, told him not to be a horse’s ass, and at one point, he referred the nonexistent “AR-14.”

Not to mention, he’s being untruthful the entire time:

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Bernie Sanders claims the USSR wasn’t socialist, gets called out for Sweden comparison by Fox News host

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a democratic socialist presidential candidate, tried to separate his brand of socialism from that of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics when questioned Monday during a Fox News town hall by woman from Russia, the Daily Caller reported.

What was the question?

A woman named Margaret, who said she was from Russia, asked Sanders to address the concerns of her and others who had suffered under socialism and explain why his so-called democratic socialism would be different.

“As someone from Russia, a country that was greatly impacted by the negative effects of socialism, what assurances can you offer myself and other people impacted by socialism that democratic socialism will not have the same results?”

Bernie’s response

“What happened and existed in the Soviet Union was not socialism. It was authoritarian communism,” Sanders responded, as the audience began applauding. “And communism, whether in Cuba, whether in the Soviet Union, whether in other countries, was marked by totalitarianism, was marked by throwing millions of people into the gulag — Stalinism was about as bad as it got.

“But right near — you’re from Russia; I don’t know if you’ve ever visited Finland. Finland is a neighbor to Russia. They have a very democratic society with strong democratic socialist principles,” Sanders continued. “Everybody in Finland has health care as a right. Their educational system is perhaps the best in the world, and college there is free. They take environmental responsibility very, very seriously. They have one of the lowest rates of childhood poverty in the industrialized world. And you know what? Their voting rate — people who participate in their elections — is a lot higher than it is in the United States. So when we talk about democratic socialism, Margaret, I’m talking about Finland, I’m talking about Denmark, I’m talking about Sweden, I’m talking about countries all over the world who have used their government to try to improve life for working families, not just the people on top.”

Not so fast, Bernie

Fox News host Martha MacCallum, who was hosting the town hall along with Bret Baier, didn’t let Sanders off the hook on his reference to Sweden — she had a response ready pointing to the numerous ways Sweden has moved toward a more free market system over the last few decades.

Sanders’ response? “I’m not an expert on the current economy in Sweden.”

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VIDEO: MSNBC makes an embarrassing math error during segment about Mike Bloomberg’s political spending

During a segment on “The 11th Hour,” MSNBC host Brian Williams and New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay made a bit of a math oversight when discussing the impact of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s money in the Democratic presidential primary.

Bloomberg has dropped out of the race, endorsed Joe Biden, and is starting an organization to support whoever the Democratic nominee is against President Donald Trump. To drive home just how much money Bloomberg has already poured into the primary for himself, Gay and Williams referenced a tweet.

“Bloomberg spent $500 million on ads,” the tweet from Mekita Rivas reads. “The U.S. population is 327 million. He could have given each American $1 million and still have money left over. I feel like a $1 million check would be life-changing for most people. Yet he wasted it all on ads and STILL LOST.”

There is some truth in that tweet. The U.S. population is around 327 million. For most Americans, a $1 million check would be life-changing. And Bloomberg did waste hundreds of millions of dollars on ads for a failure of a campaign.

The math is just a little bit off, however. Bloomberg is super rich, but his outrageous ad spending could only have given each American about $1.53. Not exactly life changing, for most.

But not only did the tweet’s author not catch the math error, neither did Williams, Gay, or any number of producers or network staffers who saw the tweet and made the graphic before putting it on air. Both Williams and Gay marveled at the inaccurate illustration of Bloomberg’s spending.

“It’s an incredible way of putting it,” Williams said.

“It’s an incredible way of putting it,” Gay agreed. “It’s true. It’s disturbing.”

Gay later acknowledged the mistake on Twitter.

“Buying a calculator, brb,” she wrote.

MSNBC issued a correction later in the show and removed it from later editions of the program.

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‘How dare you, as a white woman!’ — Bernie surrogate hammers Biden defender in unhinged CNN debate

CNN broke out into an unhinged screaming match when a defender of Joe Biden challenged a surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday.

Hillary Rosen, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, disagreed with an interpretation of the words of Martin Luther King Jr. from Nina Turner, a former state senator and a co-chair for the Sanders national campaign.

Turner implied that Biden was one of the “white moderates” that MLK warned about in his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Rosen countered that Biden had not been one of those who was silent, but that he had fought on the side of civil rights for blacks.

“What he said was that we should worry about the silence of white moderates,” said Rosen. “And what we have in Joe Biden is a man who is not silent. He has a long record.”

Turner fired back again to castigate Biden, and Rosen interrupted her.

“You know what, don’t use Martin Luther King Jr. against Joe Biden, you don’t have that standing!” exclaimed Rosen. “I’m sorry, you don’t!”

“First of all,” Turner fired back, “don’t tell me what kind of standing I have as a black woman in America! How dare you! First of all you’re dipping into something that I have to say!”

“You have a lot of standing as a black woman in America, you don’t have the standing to attack Joe Biden using Martin Luther King’s words!” shouted Rosen.

“I didn’t attack anybody, you’re taking it that way!” claimed Turner.

“Listen, don’t dip into what I have to say about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” exclaimed Turner. “How dare you, as a white woman!”

“That’s not what I said,” said Rosen.

“No, no, tell me what I’m supposed to feel and what I’m doing right now!” exclaimed Turner. “Chris, I didn’t jump in on her though, and she wants to jump in on me?!”

CNN host Christ Cuomo ended the feud amicably by the end of the segment.

Here’s the video of the altercation:



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Poll: Joe Biden has massive lead over Bernie Sanders in Florida as Castro and Maduro endorsements resurface

While Democratic primary voters in California and Colorado may be warming up to socialism, a new poll in Florida shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) getting crushed in the state’s upcoming primary election on March 10.

According to a statewide survey of Democratic primary voters by St. Pete Polls, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a whopping 49-point lead over his democratic socialist rival in the Sunshine State, 61% to 12%. The poll, which was conducted March 4, included Democratic candidates Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) before they suspended their campaigns, which could mean that Biden’s lead could be even larger than the poll indicates.

Endorsements from Latin American leftists resurface

The poll results follow weeks of controversies surrounding Sanders’ campaign after the one-time front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination maintained his praise for the literacy programs of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro during a Feb. 23 interview on “60 Minutes.”

Sanders’ pro-Castro comments were blasted by fellow Democratic lawmakers, including Florida Reps. Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Even former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who campaigned with Sanders during the 2018 Democratic primary, has criticized Sanders’ comments.

In the weeks since Sanders’ remarks, videos have resurfaced of Latin American leftists praising Sanders, including Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and Fidel Castro’s niece, Mariela Castro. In one of the videos from June 2016, Maduro described the presidential candidate as “a revolutionary friend,” echoing similar comments made by Nicaraguan ruler Daniel Ortega in August. Meanwhile, Diario de Cuba reported Feb. 27 that during a 2016 interview, Mariela Castro said that she would vote for Sanders if she were a U.S. citizen.

Unpopular in Florida across all demographic groups

Sanders’ unpopularity in Florida is not surprising given the state’s large anti-socialist Hispanic electorate, including many Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan voters who fled far-left regimes.

While Sanders has dominated the Latino vote in other primary states, the survey by St. Pete Polls shows him significantly under-performing his rivals among this demographic. Florida Hispanics prefer Biden over Sanders by a 59.9% to 9.5% margin. The former vice president also crushes Sanders among black voters in Florida, 67.9% to 8.5%.

Although the Vermont democratic socialist has argued that his campaign is uniquely positioned to defeat President Trump in a general election given Sanders’ ability to turn out young voters, the Florida poll suggests that doing so would actually hurt him since he trails Biden by 47 points, 60.7% to 13.5% among 18- to 29-year-olds.

An analysis by FiveThirtyEight only gives Sanders an 8% chance of obtaining the necessary 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination prior to the party’s convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this summer.

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Donna Brazile says Fox News’ Juan Williams ‘gave me the fist bump’ after her ‘go to hell’ tirade against Republican chairwoman

Fox News contributor Donna Brazile said Juan Williams, a longtime analyst for the cable network, “gave me the fist bump” after her on-air tirade Tuesday in which she told Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to “go to hell.”

What are the details?

Later in the day during a Super Tuesday panel, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Brazile about her comments to McDaniel.

“I just want to say that your tone has changed a little bit,” he told Brazile. “You came in here a little bit hot and bothered … and you were spicy today, and you had a little dust-up with Ronna McDaniel early on. Can you just explain that?”

After noting that “I’m a forgiving kind of person,” Brazile broke things down.

“I want to thank Chris Wallace and Brit Hume and Juan Williams. Yes, all three men,” she told Baier and the panel. “Juan gave me the fist bump, Chris gave me the talk, and Brit reminded me that, you know, sometimes … you shouldn’t call people outright. But let me just say this: As long as I’m alive, I’m gonna speak truth to power.”

Brazile — who briefly served as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — also said McDaniel needs to “respect” how the Democrats go about their business.

“And I wanna make sure that the chairwoman, I know what her job is like, but I want her to understand, to respect the process on the Democratic side,” she said, adding, “Democracy is messy, but do not tell the world that the Democratic Party is trying to rig it for one candidate. We’re trying to make sure everybody gets a delegate. That’s why I said, ‘Put down that one for [Democratic presidential candidate] Tulsi [Gabbard].'”



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What’s the background?

On Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel weighed in on the Democratic presidential primary, saying, “It does depend on how big the lead that [Bernie] Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates, but I don’t see anybody getting out soon, and it’s leading toward potentially a brokered [DNC] convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.”

Brazile — who infamously shared debate questions with Hillary Clinton ahead of time during the Democratic primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016 — reacted to McDaniel’s suggestion to co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith.

“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans,” Brazile began. “First of all, stay the hell out of our race. Stay the hell out of our race. I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process. First of all, they don’t have a process. They’re canceling primaries. They have winner take all. They don’t have the kind of democracy that we see on the Democratic side. And for people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans — that is stupid.”

Then she lowered the boom: “So, Ronna, go to hell! This is not about — no, go to hell, I’m tired of it, Ed. … We are not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee.”

How did McDaniel respond?

McDaniel responded to Brazile’s “go to hell” rant on Twitter:

“It’s ok, @donnabrazile,” she wrote. “I’d be having a bad day too if my party was still hopelessly divided. Talk of a brokered convention and the DNC trying to stop Bernie obviously hit a little close to home.”

McDaniel added more reactions later on.

“It’s never fun to have your teenagers come home from school and say, ‘Hey mom, you’re trending on social media because some woman said you should go to heck.’ But that being said, politics is a contact sport, and you know, I think Donna was out of line with her response,” McDaniel said, according to the Washington Examiner. “Of course, we all recognize that the Democrats did put the thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of Donna, because of the book that she wrote, she exposed that.”

McDaniel also said she “felt very in my lane saying that this is happening. I don’t think it’s something that we can’t discuss, and I think her response was a little out of line and disproportionate to my comments earlier today,” the paper noted.

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After a series of disappointing finishes, Elizabeth Warren ends her presidential bid

Once a front-runner in the Democratic nominating contest, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the presidential race, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Last fall, the Massachusetts senator was polling near the top of the field and looked to be a strong contender for the Democratic nomination, but her chances quickly faded as voters began to cast ballots in the early voting contests.

After a series of disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, Warren limped her way to the biggest day on the Democratic primary calendar, Super Tuesday. With 1,357 delegates up for grabs on the big day, Warren once again underperformed expectations, failing to win any of the 14 states holding primary contests. The bad night included an embarrassing third-place finish in her home state.

Following the weak showing on Tuesday, Warren reportedly flew home to reassess her campaign with staff, despite simultaneously urging supporters to “keep up the momentum.” Nonetheless, Warren evidently concluded there was no path forward for her candidacy.

As of Thursday morning, Warren’s total pledged delegate count sat at 65, lagging considerably behind Biden’s 596 and Sanders’ 531.

Warren ran a progressive campaign supposedly aimed at bucking the wealthy and the elites from power and wiping out corruption in Washington, but in the end she was unable to find a viable lane between former Vice President Joe Biden and the left-wing democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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Bernie Sanders says he will drop out if Joe Biden has more delegates by the convention — even if he doesn’t have the majority

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will drop out of the Democratic primary if, by the time of the Democratic National Convention, former Vice President Joe Biden has a plurality of delegates, Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday.

What’s this about?

Democratic primary candidates need a majority (1,991 delegates) in order to secure the nomination. Projections have shown throughout the primary so far that there is a significant chance that no candidate gets that many.

If no candidate gets a majority, the primary goes to a second ballot. Superdelegates can vote on the second ballot. Superdelegates make up about 15% of all delegates, and can include major elected officials, former presidents or vice presidents, and prominent members of the Democratic National Committee.

So what is Sanders saying?

Sanders is saying he will concede the nomination to Biden, even if Biden only has a plurality, rather than a majority, of delegates. In doing so, Sanders said he would forfeit a chance to win the nomination through a contested convention because he doesn’t want a person with fewer votes potentially winning the nomination.

“I think it would be a real, real disaster for the Democratic Party,” Sanders said of a contested convention. “People would say ‘the person who won the most votes didn’t get selected.’ Not a good idea.”

Why would he do this?

On one hand, you could view this as Sanders sticking to his dislike of superdelegates and his loyalty to the will of the people. More likely, however, Sanders is probably just trying to set a standard for the convention that he hopes Biden will follow if Sanders enters the convention with a plurality.

The truth is, if Biden enters the convention with a plurality and Sanders pushes it to the second ballot, Biden would likely win most of the superdelegates and get the nomination anyway because he’s the establishment candidate. Sanders conceding would just make that process easier. But if Sanders, who is openly hostile to the Democratic establishment, enters with a plurality and Biden pushes it to a second ballot, there’s a significant chance that Sanders will have the nomination taken from him.

Right now, Biden has 595 delegates and Sanders has 528. Biden has all the momentum right now, having won 580 of his 595 delegates in the past seven days with big wins in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday.

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