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Director of taxpayer-funded museum: ‘I hope every single one of you pieces of s**t that votes Republican dies today’

The director of a Texas museum partially funded by taxpayer dollars appears to be in hot water over a message she posted to Facebook on Super Tuesday, KTXS-TV reported.

“I hope every single one of you pieces of s**t that votes Republican dies today,” Melonnie Hicks, executive director of the Pioneer City County Museum in Sweetwater, wrote, the station said.

After word spread about Hicks’ post and controversy erupted, KTXS said she issued an apology on Facebook: “I was really mad at Republicans for voting against health care since my options today are die or go into debt to see the doctor. It was gross which is [why] I deleted it.”

KTAB-TV reported that both messages were posted on Hicks’ personal Facebook page — and that both have been deleted.

The station noted that Hicks hasn’t responded to its request for comment.

Now what?

The museum’s board of directors is scheduled to hold a 5:30 p.m. emergency meeting Friday at the Sweetwater Police Department to discuss Hicks’ comment and her future with the museum, KTXS reported.

“It’s regrettable and reprehensible, especially from someone who is a community leader,” City Manager David Vela told the station in response to Hicks’ words. “Those kind of comments should never be made on social media or anywhere else.”

Vela added to KTXS that the city doesn’t stand by her statement and that he hopes the board makes the “right and responsible choice” although the board “may have a different definition of ‘right and responsible.’ Let’s just see what actions they take, and we’ll go from there.”

KTAB said it’s unclear if Hicks is still serving as museum director, but there’s no longer a Pioneer City County Museum page on Facebook, and its phone was ringing all day Thursday with no answer.

In addition, every board member declined KTAB’s request for comment, saying they won’t know anything until after Friday’s meeting.

At least one Republican wants Hicks to stick around

Joe Hyde — publisher of San Angelo Live and a Republican — wrote an op-ed saying Hicks should keep her job despite her post.

“I don’t in the least bit feel threatened by [Hicks’] off-the-cuff comment on Facebook wishing that I die,” Hyde noted. “I know Facebook is driven by creating engagement that produces long visits and lots of eyeballs on its advertisements. Facebook evokes strong emotions to keep its users scrolling. The easiest emotion to incite is anger, and Facebook’s algorithm is quite good at turning calm and peaceful people into raging lunatics. Hicks was spending too much time on Facebook and wrote something she regretted. She later explained her frustration and apologized.”

He added that “cancel culture” so prevalent today “means good people are given just one strike and they are out … Give Miss Hicks a break. She is a valuable contributor to the preservation of history in Nolan County. One strike doesn’t mean you’re out.”

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Candidates linked to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got destroyed on Super Tuesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) isn’t the only left-wing progressive who lost big this week. Several candidates linked to his fellow democratic socialist comrade, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), were destroyed during Super Tuesday elections throughout the country.

As the DailyWire’s Ryan Saavedra pointed out, key Democrats running with Ocasio-Cortez’s support got trounced at the ballot box. Among them was 26-year-old immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros, who ran a primary challenge against Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), one of the country’s most conservative House Democrats.

Throughout the campaign, Cisneros — who ran with the support of AOC’s “Justice Democrats” — ripped Cuellar as “Trump’s favorite Democrat” while positioning herself as a progressive alternative to voters in Texas’ 28th Congressional District. She also mimicked Ocasio-Cortez’s speaking style, describing herself as “a brown girl from the border” who had “a whole community behind her” to “take on the machine.”

According to Politico, Cisneros touted endorsements from Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and even championed Ocasio-Cortez’s far-left agenda, including “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal. Cisneros lost to Cuellar, 52% to 48%.

Another defeat in Texas

Another far-left Democrat running under the Ocaso-Cortez banner was Christina Tzintzún Ramirez, who came in a distant third place in the Democratic primary to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn in November. Ramirez trailed the winner of the Democratic primary, M.J. Hegar, by more than 200,000 votes and 9 percentage points.

Still, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday that her “heart is also full at the candidacy of @cristinafortx whose race is currently too close to call in the runoff for TX Senate.”

Second place finish in California

Another candidate backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Georgette Gomez, qualified for the general election for California’s 53rd Congressional District in the San Diego County area. However, Gomez came in second place, trailing establishment candidate Sara Jacobs by 11 points and 12,000 votes.

Gomez, Ramirez, and Cisneros were all endorsed last month by Courage to Change, a political action committee formed by Ocasio-Cortez to help progressive challengers taking on more moderate incumbents and win open seats.

Fox News reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) personally campaigned for Rep. Cuellar and described his win over an AOC-backed candidate on Tuesday as a “resounding victory.”

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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].'”

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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What do Super Tuesday’s results mean for the general election in November? Crowder explains.

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A Bush lost in Texas for the first time in over 40 years on Super Tuesday

Pierce Bush, the grandson of the late former President George H.W. Bush, failed to advance in his bid for a Houston congressional seat on Tuesday, marking the first time that a member of the Bush family has lost a race in Texas in over 40 years.

The last time that happened was in 1978, when George W. Bush ran a failed bid for Congress, CBS News reported. Since then, Bushes have won races in the Lone Star State for president, governor, and even state land commissioner — one of Jeb Bush’s sons, George P. Bush, won those races in 2014 and 2018.

What are the details?

Pierce Bush, a 34-year-old nonprofit executive, finished third in the primary race that featured 15 Republican candidates. The top two finishers, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and technology consultant Kathaleen Wall, are set to compete in a runoff election in May.

Political scientists say that while the waning influence of the Bush family name could have contributed to Bush’s loss, other factors were also at play. Bush jumped into the race for the 22nd Congressional District late, and chose not to run for the 7th Congressional District, where his grandfather represented from 1967 to 1971.

“Pierce Bush’s failure to reach the runoff suggests that the market for the Bush family brand of compassionate conservatism is nowhere near as strong as it was 20 to 30 years ago when his grandfather and uncle enjoyed widespread support within the Texas GOP,” Rice University political scientist Mark Jones told the Texas Tribune.

“At the same time, it is important not to read too much into this race, since Pierce Bush’s candidacy was undercut from the outset by the launch of his campaign less than three months prior to election day as well as the legitimate critiques against him of being a carpetbagger who only moved into the district after launching his candidacy,” Jones said.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a University of Houston political scientist added that Bush’s conservative credentials were not considered as strong as some of the other candidates in “a primary field that was moving significantly far to the right ideologically.”

What else?

Despite reportedly raising more money than any of the other 14 candidates and securing the endorsement of the outgoing GOP incumbent Rep. Pete Olson, Bush’s efforts were not enough.

Texas’ 22nd Congressional District is one of seven seats that Democrats have prioritized flipping in 2020. Whoever wins the GOP primary will face Democrat and former foreign service officer Sri Preston Kulkarni in the general election.

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Despite weak Super Tuesday showing, Warren asks supporters to help ‘keep up the momentum’

Despite a weak showing during the Super Tuesday primaries, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked her supporters Tuesday night to help her keep things going, while looking ahead to future primary elections.

In a campaign email to supporters sent out as primary results were still rolling in, Warren’s campaign offered “an update on what’s happening with Super Tuesday.”

The message noted that “we might not know the full results from states like Texas, California, and Colorado for a few days” and added, “Delegates have to be counted and allocated by congressional district or state senate district and that process takes time.”

But, the “bottom line” the message says: “There are six more primaries just one week away, and we need your help to keep up the momentum.”

Exactly what kind “momentum” the email is referring to is unclear, given the outcome of Tuesday night’s primary results. At the time this story was published Warren had failed to win in any of the evening’s called races. She even lost in her home state of Massachusetts, which was called for rival Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in second place at the time the race was called.

Furthermore, Warren’s RealClearPolitics national polling average currently places her behind Biden, Sanders, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But this kind of optimism shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that Warren has said she plans to keep her campaign up until the Democratic convention if there’s no outright delegate winner among the candidates.

“To be clear, would you continue your fight for the Democratic nomination even if another candidate arrived at the convention ahead of you in the delegate count?” CNN’s Don Lemon asked the Massachusetts senator during a CNN town hall event last week.

“Yes,” she answered.

When pressed as to why, she said, “Because a lot of people made $5 contributions to my campaign to keep me in it,” adding, “As long as they want me to stay in this race, I’m staying in this race.”

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What is the future of Bloomberg’s campaign after his Super Tuesday flop?

2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor clearly didn’t have the Super Tuesday result he paid for and now the future of his campaign is reportedly in question.

According to the Associated Press, the candidate plans to reassess his campaign on Wednesday following a weak showing in Tuesday night’s critical series of primary contests:

A person close to the Bloomberg campaign confirmed the deliberations. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity.

Similarly, NBC News’ Josh Lederman reported Tuesday night as the returns came in that Bloomberg campaign officials were “acknowledging that they’re going to have to take another look once the data comes in” to “see whether there’s a reason to continue with this after tomorrow.”

Earlier in the evening, Campaign Manager Kevin Sheekey batted down the idea that the candidate would bow out on Tuesday, telling reporters “absolutely not,” according to NPR. Sheekey did add, howeve“r, that “I think you make an assessment in any campaign like this after every time that there’s a vote. We have not had a vote yet, so we have not had to assess.”

Super Tuesday — on which 14 states held primary contests with over 1,300 convention delegates on the line — was a big part of Bloomberg’s primary campaign strategy. He didn’t appear on the ballot in the first four primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead choosing to focus the efforts and spending of self-funded campaign states holding primaries this week.

For reference, Bloomberg’s campaign spent over $500 billion in advertising alone ahead of Tuesday’s contests and his solitary win of the night was in American Samoa at the time of this story’s publication. Additionally, he spent over $18 million in the states of Virginia and North Carolina only to get one delegate from each after former Vice President Joe Biden won in both states.

Bloomberg has previously said that he plans to stay in the primary “right to the bitter end, as long as I have a chance,” and that he believed that his only path to the nomination would be a contested Democratic convention in July.

However, despite his Tuesday-night underperformance, an optimistic-sounding Bloomberg told supporters in Florida that “If I am the nominee, let me make you this promise: We will beat Donald Trump here in Florida and swing states around the country.” He also said that “regardless of how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something that no one else thought was possible; in just three months we’ve gone from 1% of the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination for president.”

Bloomberg also tweeted late Tuesday night that “we’re more determined than ever to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America.”

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Bloomberg spent $18.4 million for exactly one delegate in Virginia and North Carolina

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is projected to earn just one extremely expensive delegate from the Democratic primary contests in Virginia and North Carolina.

The Bloomberg campaign reportedly spent $18.4 million on ads in the two states in the lead-up to Super Tuesday voting, and yet is slated to walk away with next-to-nothing of political value.

According to an ad spending analysis by NBC News, Bloomberg dropped $5.6 million in Virginia and $12.8 million in North Carolina. But at the time of this story’s publication, the billionaire candidate had earned only 10% of the vote in Virginia and 14% of the vote in North Carolina — amounting to one delegate from the latter.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, won decisive victories in both states despite spending just $449,000 on advertising — a drop in the bucket compared to Bloomberg’s expenditures. Biden is projected to walk away with 108 delegates between the two states.

The statistics will likely get worse for Bloomberg

Though Bloomberg will likely pick up a handful of delegates for his efforts Tuesday night in delegate-rich states such as Texas and Colorado, it will not balance with the amount of money his campaign spent in those states.

In Super Tuesday states alone, the Bloomberg campaign reportedly spent more than $234 million on advertising, which is more than 10 times the amount that any of his opponents spent. In total, the campaign has spent over half a billion dollars on ads.

After disappointing results continued to roll in Tuesday night, news broke that Bloomberg was going to reassess whether to stay in the race.

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Joe Biden sweeps most of the South as Super Tuesday numbers continue to roll in

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden took a commanding early lead on Super Tuesday, nearly sweeping the South as numerous outlets named him the victor in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Texas remains in play, with early results showing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the favorite.

What are the details?

As of this writing, RealClearPolitics showed Biden winning with 53% in Virginia with 100% of precincts reporting, 39% in North Carolina with 61% reporting, 41% in Tennessee with 32% reporting, 62% in Alabama with 47% reporting, 35% in Arkansas with 41% reporting, and 38% in Oklahoma with 93% reporting.

In each of those states, Sen. Sanders came in second place, leaving questions over how much longer the campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will last in the race.

In Texas, the race was too close to call as of 10:30 p.m. EST, with Sanders in the lead with 28% to Biden’s 24.6% at 25% of precincts reporting.

Biden’s delegate count at the time was 312 to Sanders’s 210. That leaves Texas as a major state to watch, with 228 delegates at play.

Anything else?

Biden was also the projected winner in Minnesota on Tuesday night, one of the states (along with Oklahoma) that Sanders won in 2016 against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Exit polling shows Democratic primary voters with favorable views of socialism

Exit polling seems to suggest that Democratic primary voters are not, on the whole, as opposed to the idea of a socialist nominee as some have supposed.

NBC News conducted exit polling in the four Super Tuesday states of Texas, California, North Carolina, and Tennessee and found that, in each of them, more Democratic primary voters said they had favorable views of socialism than unfavorable views.

Socialism enjoyed wide margins of Democratic voter support in Texas and California, the surveys found, with favorable/unfavorable breakdowns of 57% to 37% in the Lone Star State and 53% to 33% in the Golden State. However, its support among primary voters in the two southern states was considerably slimmer, seeing a 48% to 42% favorable/unfavorable breakdown in North Carolina and a 47% to 44% disparity in Tennessee.

Meanwhile exit polling reported by the Washington Post found that, among Democratic primary voters in Maine, “favorable views of socialism outnumbered unfavorable roughly 2 to 1.”

However, it’s important to take exit polling with a grain of salt. Case in point: Despite socialism’s purported net-favorability among North Carolina Democratic voters, it wasn’t enough to give Sanders a Super Tuesday win in the Tarheel State, which multiple outlets called for former Vice President Joe Biden shortly after the polls closed at 7:30.

But, regardless of how well or poorly the idea of socialism might play with Democratic primary voters between now and the party’s convention, there’s still the question of how his ideology and image will play with general election voters heading into November. And some of the polling on that question doesn’t look too good.

Gallup polling from last month found that a 53% percent majority of Americans say they would not vote for a socialist for president. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released the following week, some 67% of voters said that they either “had some reservations” (21%) or were “very uncomfortable” (46%) about a socialist candidate. Last week, a Fox News poll found that while 28% of voters had a favorable attitude about socialism, 58% viewed it unfavorably.

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Exit polls: 6 in 10 Democratic Super Tuesday voters are liberal; 1 in 10 are LGBT

Liberal voters are commanding the electorate in the Super Tuesday’s Democratic primary contests, according to exit polls conducted by NBC News.

The report found that a whopping 62% of voters polled considered themselves to be liberal, with over a quarter classifying themselves as “very liberal.” Thirty-six percent said they considered themselves “somewhat liberal,” while only 37% avoided the liberal tag and said they considered themselves to be “moderate” or “conservative.”

Additionally, the NBC News exit poll found that 10% of Super Tuesday voters identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Those who identified as LGBT were “strikingly” liberal, the report noted. Half of the LGBT voters said they considered themselves “very liberal,” while another 30% said characterized themselves as “somewhat liberal.” Just 4% said they considered themselves “conservative.”

The NBC News exit poll was conducted in 12 of 14 states that held nominating contests Tuesday.

Super Tuesday is the biggest day on the Democratic primary calendar, with 1,357 delegates, or one-third of the total count, up for grabs.

Given the liberal stronghold on the electorate in a majority of Super Tuesday states, one might expect progressive candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to have a blowout night. But at the time of this story’s publication, former Vice President Joe Biden, considered the moderate choice, had been projected to win Virginia and North Carolina, while Sanders was projected to win Vermont.

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Multiple outlets call Virginia primary for Biden, Vermont for Sanders minutes after polls close

Minutes after polls closed on the East Coast on Super Tuesday, multiple news outlets already started calling winners in the states of Virginia and Vermont.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday — which saw primary elections in 14 states — the Associated Press, ABC News, and CNN all projected that Biden would win the Democratic primary in the Old Dominion. Winning in Virginia would give the former vice president his second primary win of the 2020 election following his strong showing in South Carolina on Saturday.

Meanwhile, during the same time frame, multiple outlets — including the Associated Press, NBC News, ABC News and CNN — also called the primary race for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) in his home state of Vermont.

Virginia awards 99 delegates for the Democratic convention, while Vermont gives out 13, meaning that the two contests account for a small percentage of the more than 1,300 delegates to be awarded during the “Super Tuesday” primaries.

In the lead up to Tuesday’s critical primary elections, Biden was the recipient of a wave of support and endorsements in an apparent widespread effort to slow Sanders’ momentum in the primary race. On Monday, the former vice president was endorsed by former primary rivals Pete Buttigieg and Klobuchar, and Beto O’Rourke, as well as former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“It’s raining endorsements right now, from every corner of the country, so much so that it’s like drinking out of a fire hose, our vetting machine is having a difficult time keeping up,” a Biden adviser told Politico on Monday.

Polling released earlier on Tuesday showed that the recent efforts to boost Biden appear to have worked. A Morning Consult survey conducted between 3 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, showed the former vice president with 36% support among Democratic primary voters, with a considerable 8-point lead over Sanders, who was at 28%.

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Super Tuesday preview: It’s a two-man race between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, but who will seize the moment?

Super Tuesday is the biggest day of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign.

Voters from 14 states are set to cast ballots for their favorite Democratic candidate with 1,357 pledged delegates on the line — about one-third of the total count. To put things into perspective, only 155 delegates, or less than 4% of the total, have been awarded so far in the race.

Needless to say, Tuesday night’s results will go a long way in determining who will be the party’s nominee heading into the general election against President Trump later this year.

What are the details?

In addition to Democrats abroad category and the American Samoa, the states up for grabs are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

The biggest delegate prize is California, boasting 415 delegates, which is more than the nine Super Tuesday contests with the lowest delegate totals combined. Next up is Texas, which has 228 delegates up for grabs.

After that comes North Carolina (110), Virginia (99), Massachusetts (91), and Minnesota (75).

The states set to vote are all over the map and the voter demographic is likely to be diverse. In the biggest nominating contests — California and Texas — minority voter such as Latinos and blacks are expected to play a major role. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has done well among Latinos thus far in the race, while former Vice President Joe Biden has won the black vote.

It’s a two-man race

All indicators coming into Tuesday night point to a two-man race between Sanders and Biden. The latest polls shows the two candidates competing for the top spot in every state except Massachusetts, where the home-state candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), holds a slight edge.

Sanders, who draws support from the progressive wing of the party, is considered the front-runner. He started off the election cycle strong with top finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada and has built a strong organization in many of the Super Tuesday states. Sanders has also outpaced his opponents in campaign fundraising.

But Biden’s decisive win in South Carolina, along with a recent string of dropouts and endorsements, has catapulted him back into the race. The more moderate candidate will look to capitalize on a less-crowded field and position himself as the only viable alternative to Sanders.

As it stands, according to the RealClearPolitics polling averages, Sanders is enjoying a comfortable 12-point lead in California but only has a narrow 1.5-point lead on Biden in Texas. The latest Texas poll, conducted by Data for Progress, shows Biden slightly ahead of Sanders.

Sanders is also enjoying leads in northeastern and western states: Minnesota, Maine, Vermont, Colorado, and Utah. Biden, on the other hand, is up in southern and midwestern states: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Anything else?

The other candidates still in the race — former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren — will look for surprise finishes Tuesday to boost their campaigns.

As a progressive who likely shares supporters with Sanders, Warren is running on fumes. The Massachusetts senator is hoping that a win in her home state and strong finishes elsewhere could reignite her campaign.

Bloomberg, who has not yet been on the ballot for any primary contests, has quite literally been banking his chances on Super Tuesday. The billionaire has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertisements in Super Tuesday states. As the field of candidates trims down, Bloomberg hopes his money will give him staying power.

Ahead of the voting Tuesday, Bloomberg said at a news conference that he plans to remain in the race and force a contested convention:

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Mike Bloomberg advisers reportedly wanted him to drop out and endorse Joe Biden before Super Tuesday

Campaign advisers to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg reportedly tried to convince him to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary before Super Tuesday and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, according to Vanity Fair.

Bloomberg, the multibillionaire who skipped the first four primary states in order to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into Super Tuesday states, finds himself in a position where he is a long shot to actually win the nomination, and he is most likely just taking votes away from Biden as Biden seeks to catch Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). From Vanity Fair:

Campaign officials are privately frustrated that Bloomberg rejected their advice to drop out and pour their resources into helping Biden, sources said. “The dynamic of the race clearly changed,” a Bloomberg adviser told me. Bloomberg disagreed that Biden’s resurgence in South Carolina fundamentally nullified Bloomberg’s candidacy. “Mike is a data guy, and he’s looking at the numbers thinking, I’ll be damned if I walk away before a single vote is cast for me,” one source said, explaining Bloomberg’s thinking.

Bloomberg has spent about a half a billion dollars on his self-funded campaign so far, and dropping out before Super Tuesday would’ve meant he spent all that money only to exit the race before ever getting on the ballot — essentially a total waste. He participated in the previous two debates, and his performances were generally received poorly.

At the same time, Biden — who at one point looked to be heading for a complete collapse — dominated the South Carolina primary and earned the endorsement of two of the other primary candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Suddenly, Biden appears that he may again have the support to challenge Sanders.

Bloomberg believed he could fill the centrist lane that would’ve been vacant if Biden faltered. Now, Bloomberg stands to win crucial delegates that Biden needs, while still having little-to-no chance of getting more than Sanders.

Bloomberg is likely hoping that no candidate will get enough delegates to seal the nomination before the convention, and that he could make enough deals and win enough superdelegates on the second ballot to somehow take the nomination, since the establishment of the Democratic Party is generally hostile to Sanders’ candidacy.

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Poll finds Buttigieg, Klobuchar departures helped put Joe Biden back at the top of 2020 Dem field

The departures of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field have given former Vice President Joe Biden a substantial boost, according to Morning Consult polling released late Tuesday morning.

The polling, which was conducted between 3 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, found the former vice president with 36% support among Democratic primary voters — a considerable 8-point lead over rival and current delegate front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who sits at 28%. The survey also showed former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg with 19% support and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with 14%.

Biden claimed a decisive win in the South Carolina Democratic primary election Saturday, taking home 48.4% of the vote and 39 delegates in contrast to Sanders’ 19.9% and 15 delegates. In the days following the election, Klobuchar and Buttigieg dropped out to endorse the former vice president, who has also recently garnered the support of former rival candidate Beto O’Rourke as well as former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“The latest figure, which has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, marks his highest share of nationwide support since June, and is up 10 points from polling conducted Sunday after his big victory in the South Carolina primary,” Morning Consult reporter Eli Yokley noted of Monday’s numbers. He also pointed out that the poll was conducted after Klobuchar and Buttigieg had both dropped out and “as they announced their support for Biden’s nomination.”

The Morning Consult numbers came the same day as Hill/HarrisX’s numbers, which show Biden with 28% support to Sanders’ 23% among Democratic voters or voters who lean Democratic. That survey was conducted on Sunday and Monday, after Biden’s decisive South Carolina victory.

The results of those two polls helped increase Biden’s RealClear national polling average on Tuesday to 24.6%, putting him just behind Sanders’ average of 26.0. The day before the South Carolina primaries, Biden’s national average was trailing Sanders’ by over 10 points.

The recent wave of support for Biden came as part of an apparent widespread effort to stymie Sanders’ momentum ahead of the Super Tuesday elections. Those contests take place across 14 different states and will account for 1,357 convention delegates, leaving some to worry that the results could provide Sanders with a runaway lead. In order to win the Democratic party’s nomination on the first convention ballot, a candidate will have to win a 1,991 majority.

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Joe Biden campaign staffer hilariously shoots down endorsement from James Comey

As the country awaits results from the Super Tuesday primary elections, endorsements have been pouring in for presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in an apparent widespread effort to keep rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But not all of the endorsements have been treated as welcome additions.

On Tuesday, former FBI Director James Comey tweeted his support of Biden over Sanders to beat President Donald Trump in November and also claimed to have voted in his first Democratic primary.

“Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH,” Comey said. “I agree with [former candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)]: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020”

Within minutes, however, Comey’s endorsement was met with humorous dismissal from Biden campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates.

“Yes, customer service?” Bates tweeted. “I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge?”

Since being fired from the FBI by Trump in 2017, Comey has become an outspoken critic of President Trump. In December 2018, the former FBI chief called on Democrats to nominate a candidate capable of ousting the current president, saying that they “have to win,” in an appearance on MSNBC. In September, he said that he wouldn’t commit to full-time employment ahead of the 2020 election “because I need to be able to speak.

However, despite being a consistently anti-Trump voice in recent years, Comey’s actions while still at the FBI have drawn criticism from Democrats. With just days left in the 2016 election Comey informed members of Congress of the bureau’s investigation into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had been reopened — a move which some say probably cost Clinton the election.

Comey’s tweet was one of many endorsements that Biden’s presidential bid has received in the lead up to the Super Tuesday primary results. On Monday, the former vice president was endorsed by former primary rivals Pete Buttigieg and Klobuchar, as well as former candidate Beto O’Rourke.

“It’s raining endorsements right now, from every corner of the country, so much so that it’s like drinking out of a fire hose, our vetting machine is having a difficult time keeping up,” a Biden adviser told Politico on Monday.

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Amy Klobuchar to end presidential bid and endorse Joe Biden; Pete Buttigieg rumored to be backing former VP, too

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) plans to exit the race for president and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, various outlets reported Monday.

Klobuchar’s decision to drop out of the nominating contest comes just one day before voters cast ballots in her home state of Minnesota as a part of Super Tuesday, the largest delegate handout of the primary season.

According to CNN, Klobuchar will officially announce her decision to suspend her campaign and endorse Biden at a rally for the former vice president in Dallas Monday night.

Klobuchar joins a growing number of candidates who have dropped out in the days following Biden’s decisive win in South Carolina, including former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.

The senator was unable to capitalize on momentum following her surprisingly strong third-place finish in New Hampshire last month. In the South Carolina primary over the weekend, Klobuchar finished a distant sixth with just over 3% of the vote.

On Sunday, Klobuchar was forced to cancel a rally in her home state after Black Lives Matters protesters seized the stage.

Mayor Pete is also rumored to endorse Biden

With the Democratic Primary increasingly becoming a two-man race between Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — and with the prospects of a Sanders nomination alarming the less-radical wing of the party — more endorsements for Biden may continue to roll in.

As such, an endorsement from Buttigieg is “likely,” CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reported Monday, though the timing of the possible endorsement remains unclear.

Interestingly, despite the boost that an endorsement from Klobuchar (and potentially Buttigieg) might give, Zeleny is also reporting that Biden’s team desired that other candidates would stay in the race to cut into Sanders’ amassing of delegates. Specifically, Biden’s team was hoping that Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would stay in the race to deny Sanders delegates in Minnesota and Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, 1,357 delegates, or about one-third of the total delegates, will be at stake as 14 states hold nominating contests.

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Amy Klobuchar’s homecoming rally canned after Black Lives Matter protesters seize stage

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) was forced to cancel a presidential campaign rally in her home state on Sunday after protesters occupied the stage for over an hour shouting “Black Lives Matter,” “Free Myon,” and “Klobuchar has got to go.”

The rally in suburban St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was supposed to be a homecoming event for Klobuchar ahead of the state’s primary vote on Tuesday, but it ended up turning into a nightmare for the candidate.

At least 50 protesters seized the stage before Klobuchar’s arrival and demanded that the senator drop out of the presidential race following an Associated Press investigation that questioned Klobuchar’s handling of a 2002 case that sent a black teen, Myon Burrell, to prison for life. Klobuchar was the county’s top prosecutor at the time.

According to CBS News, the protesters traded chants for over an hour with supporters, who countered with “Amy, Amy” chants of their own.

The video below, posted to Twitter by a local news reporter, shows protesters loudly chanting over supporters as people gathered in a gymnasium for the event. They shouted “black lives matter” and carried a large banner, saying, “Stop Mass Incarceration.”

Another video shows the moment that an announcer took to the loudspeaker to report the event was cancelled.

“I’m sorry for any inconvenience, please remember to vote on Tuesday,” the announcer can be heard saying.

Klobuchar has struggled to corral support among black Americans in the campaign and this recent clash with protesters will likely only make matters worse as the senator looks to boost her campaign with a win in her home state on Tuesday.

“Amy Klobuchar is not as progressive as she seems,” Leslie Redmond, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, told CBS News. “We’re talking about someone who wants to be president of the United States, and yet you’re from a state that has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation and the lead prosecutor convicting a 16 year old who was innocent of the crime.”

Klobuchar has maintained a slight edge in her home state, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is within striking distance.

The Minnesota senator has failed to sustain any momentum following her surprising third-place finish in New Hampshire last month. But despite mounting pressure to drop out, she has vowed to stay in the race at least through Super Tuesday.