2020 US primaries: New York area code canceled – politics

On November 3, 2020, the Americans will elect their new president. The Democrats started the primaries in early February with more than two dozen applicants. Little by little, all but ex-President Joe Biden withdrew their applications. In the summer, the Democrats want to officially elect their presidential candidate: the nomination party convention was originally scheduled for mid-July, but was postponed to mid-August due to the Corona crisis. On the Republican side, there is no serious competition with US President Donald Trump for the candidacy. An overview of all news and developments:

Democratic area code in New York canceled

Monday, April 27, 7:35 p.m .: The Democratic area code in New York has been canceled due to concerns about the spread of the corona virus. This was decided by the democratic members of the election board, according to US media. New York is the first US state to completely cancel the democratic primary – for the first time in its history. Numerous other states had already postponed their area codes. The area code in New York was originally supposed to take place at the end of April and was then postponed to June 23 due to the corona pandemic. Local and regional elections in the state of New York are scheduled to continue on June 23, and voters are encouraged to vote by postal vote if possible.

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Michael Bloomberg spent a billion dollars on his short campaign

Tuesday, April 21, 2:39 p.m .: Michael Bloomberg spent around one billion dollars (920 million euros) on his application for the presidential candidacy of the US Democrats within three months. This emerged on Monday from a report by the Election Commission (FEC) to fund the campaign up to and including March. The multi-billionaire and former mayor of New York funded his campaign himself and accepted no donations.

Bloomberg (78) left the race for candidacy in early March after disappointing results in the primaries after just over three months. He is one of the richest people in the world.

Biden wins area code in Wyoming after Sanders exit

Sunday, April 19, 10:07 p.m .: As the only remaining US Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden won the Wyoming area code as expected. The democratic party in the least populous state of the United States declared Biden the winner on Sunday with 72.2 percent of the vote. The left senator Bernie Sanders – who had withdrawn his candidacy on April 8 – came to 27.8 percent.

In Wyoming, there were only 14 votes for the Democratic nomination convention in August. Biden’s official freestyle as the party’s presidential candidate is expected there. Biden has almost won the party-internal race through Sanders withdrawal. However, Sanders wants to stay on the ballot papers for the remaining primaries and continue to collect delegate votes in order to at least secure content-related influence at the party conference in the summer.

For a nomination as a presidential candidate, the 1991 votes of the 3979 regular delegates are required at the Democratic Party Congress. According to calculations by the US television station CNN, Biden has already secured almost 1,300 delegate votes in the primaries.

Obama stands behind Biden in the US presidential race

Former US President Barack Obama has officially assured his former deputy Joe Biden of his support in the US presidential race. He is proud to recommend his friend Biden as president, Obama said in a video message posted on Twitter on Tuesday. Obama’s support should give Biden, the only remaining Democratic presidential candidate, a further boost. After the withdrawal of left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, the 77-year-old is more or less a challenger to incumbent Donald Trump in the presidential election in early November – long before the primaries end.

Biden officially wins election in Wisconsin

Former Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won his party’s area code last week in Wisconsin. The result was only allowed to be published on Monday after a judicial order. But it was just a formality anyway, because Biden’s internal rival Bernie Sanders had already announced the day after the election on April 7 that he would be out of the race. The area code in Wisconsin was the last in which Sanders had started.

The process of selecting the Democrats for their presidential candidate had been overshadowed by the Corona crisis in recent weeks. Several states postponed their primaries. It was held in Wisconsin despite great concerns. A court stopped an attempt by the Republicans to try to get a postponement there too.

Sanders supports Biden’s candidacy

Monday, April 13, 8:30 p.m .: Bernie Sanders supports the US presidential candidacy of his former democratic rival Joe Biden. “We need to band together to beat today’s most dangerous president,” Sanders wrote on Twitter and posted a joint online presence with bids. In the livestream on Monday, Sanders said: “I ask all Americans, I ask every Democrat, I ask every independent, I ask many Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I support.”

Sanders called for the prevention of Donald Trump’s re-election. “I will do everything I can to make this happen.”

Trump: “This is not an exit”

Thursday, April 9, 1:30 a.m .: The US President sees the withdrawal of left senator Bernie Sanders as half-hearted. “He didn’t really get out,” Trump said at the White House in Washington. Sanders is sticking to the votes he has received so far and wants to collect more in the next primaries. “This is not an exit,” said Trump. “It’s a strange thing that’s going on.”

Sanders had said Biden would be the party’s presidential candidate and they would stand together to defeat Trump. At the same time, he announced that he would remain on the ballot papers for the remaining primaries in order to continue collecting delegate votes and thus at least gain influence over the content at the big nomination party conference of the Democrats in the summer. Trump said he hoped disappointed Sanders supporters would vote for him now. (jsa)

Sanders addresses video messages to supporters

Wednesday, April 8, 7:50 p.m .: Bernie Sanders sent a video message to his supporters. The decision to withdraw was not an easy one, said the 78-year-old. It was a “difficult and painful” decision. “If I thought we had a viable way to be nominated, I would certainly continue the campaign, but it just isn’t there.” In the current crisis in the country, he could not continue with a clear conscience with a campaign that had no chance of victory. Sanders congratulated Biden. He was “a very decent man with whom I will work to advance our progressive ideas”. Biden will be the party’s presidential candidate and they will stand together to defeat Trump, he said. The struggle for more justice continues. Instead of an all-encompassing message of support for his previous opponent, Sanders thus sent the signal that he did not really trust Biden and the party establishment when it came to the course of the party. Biden expressed respect for Sanders’ step and at the same time reached out to him and his supporters. He was aware of how tough the decision was, said Biden. Sanders put the nation’s interests and the need to defeat Trump above everything else. (jsa)

Sanders leaves US presidential race

Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m .: Bernie Sanders suspends his election campaign in the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy. This was announced by his campaign helpers on Wednesday in a press release. The Vermont senator announced his withdrawal from the election campaign on Wednesday, admitting that he was too far behind rival Joe Biden after the previous primaries. He is considered the likely Democratic candidate against President Donald Trump in the November presidential election. (jsa)

Area code in Wisconsin under chaotic conditions

Wednesday, April 8, 6:20 a.m .: Despite the corona epidemic in the United States, voters in Wisconsin on Tuesday voted who should stand for the Democrats against President Donald Trump. However, the two candidates, moderate ex-vice president Joe Biden and left senator Bernie Sanders, had rejected the choice because of the health risk. Governor Tony Evers ordered a last-minute postponement of the vote on Monday, but a court reversed his order.

The circumstances surrounding the vote were chaotic. Voters had to queue for hours on Tuesday, especially long waiting times in the metropolis of Milwaukee, where only five of 180 polling stations were open due to the corona pandemic. Many thousands more people decided to stay at home to avoid contact with others. Apparently there were problems with the delivery of the postal voting documents for those who wanted to vote from home. No rapid results were expected after the polling stations closed in the evening. Because all postal votes received by the authorities by April 13 still have to be included. According to a court ruling, the result of the area code should therefore not be published earlier than next Monday. (jsa)

Governor plans to move area code to Wisconsin

Monday, April 6, 8:20 p.m .: In the US state of Wisconsin, an area code is to be postponed in the race for the US presidency because of the corona virus. Governor Tony Evers ordered the postponement on Monday by two months to June 9. His decision is likely to be challenged in court. Evers had previously spoken out against postponing the vote originally planned for (tomorrow) Tuesday. But recently, there has been growing criticism of how the area code is supposed to take place at a time when health authorities are advising against gathering people. Dozens of polling stations were already closed anyway because election workers refused to go on site. (jsa)

Democrats postpone nomination party convention

Thursday, April 2, 6.30 p.m .: Because of the coronavirus crisis, the US Democrats postpone their presidential nomination convention, scheduled for July, by one month. The party convention should now take place in mid-August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Democratic Party said. The meeting was originally scheduled for July 13-16. In view of the great uncertainty of the current situation, it is best to take additional time to continue to monitor the situation, it said. The security of the party participants and the people in Milwaukee is paramount.

At the party convention, the US Democrats want to officially elect their presidential candidate for the upcoming election in November 2020. Former US Vice President Joe Biden and left Senator Bernie Sanders are still in the running for nomination. Biden is clearly in the lead. However, due to the corona pandemic, the pre-selection process for the nomination of the candidate has largely stalled. (Saul)

The state of New York is also postponing the area code

Tuesday, March 31, 9.50 a.m .: Various primaries had been scheduled for March and April. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, at least eleven states have already postponed their area codes: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and now also New York. Other states have extended their postal voting deadlines – this is also delaying the process. As of now, several primaries have been moved to June 2. If it stays that way, that June-Tuesday would be a little “Super Tuesday”.

Postponing the main election date in November would be difficult. It is set by law, so it would need a US Congressional amendment that could be challenged before the courts. In addition, only a few weeks could be won in this way. Because the further schedule is laid down in the constitution and thus even more rigid: the start date for the new congress on January 3 and the inauguration of the president on January 20. (jael)

Gabbard closes her application

Thursday, March 19, 4:30 p.m .: Now it’s officially a duel: The last woman left in the candidate field, Tulsi Gabbard, has announced the end of her campaign. The 38-year-old Hawaiian MP shared their followers via Twitter with and announced that he would like to support Joe Biden in the future.

Gabbard announced her ambition to run early and was in the race for a total of 411 days. But behind the heavyweights in the field of applicants, she could not prevail. In the end, she was only able to win two delegate votes. (bix)

Biden wins primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Wednesday, March 18, 4:20 p.m .: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to win the Florida, Illinois, and Arizona primaries in the race for the Democrats’ US presidential nomination. Before that, Biden had previously won area codes in 16 other states.

In all three states, Biden had led the way in surveys. Now the pressure on Sanders to get out of the race should increase. Actually, voting should have been done in Ohio. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, the health authority had briefly ordered to keep the polling stations closed.

US President Donald Trump, who had no serious opponent, is set as a Republican candidate, according to the numbers after the Florida and Illinois primaries. With his victories there, he achieved more than the 1,276 delegate votes required for his nomination on Tuesday, according to the news agency AP.(jael)

Joe Biden receives protection from the Secret Service

Tuesday, March 17th, 5 p.m .: Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden now receives state protection. This was announced by the competent authority, the Secret Service. Biden’s code name at the Secret Service is said to be “Celtic,” CNN reports, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The candidate himself had asked for it after incidents at his campaign events. Among other things, two demonstrators stormed on stage during his speech in Los Angeles on “Super Tuesday”. Biden’s private security service and his wife Jill Biden had warded off the demonstrators.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting the President, the Vice President, and their families, as well as senior government officials, in the United States. He is also empowered to protect key presidential candidates. Biden’s rival Bernie Sanders has so far not applied for protection. (gal)

US states are postponing primaries

Tuesday, March 17th: The U.S. states of Maryland and Ohio postpone the presidential election. The decision was made due to a health emergency caused by the corona virus threat, Ohio governor Mike DeWine said on Twitter. Previously, Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky had moved the area codes in their states because of the corona crisis. A new appointment is still pending. (bix, fie)

Ohio Area Code – Health authorities close polling stations

Tuesday, March 17th: The Ohio governor is opposing the planned US Democratic primary in his state. Department of Health director Amy Acton has signed an order to shut down polling stations, Mike DeWine said on Twitter. He had previously failed to have the primaries stopped in court. The area code was scheduled for Tuesday March 17, as well as in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. DeWine argued that the Ohio election should be postponed because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus in polling stations. He had approved the postponement to June 2, but not the authority to cancel the election, as he said on Monday. (jael)

Biden also wins Democratic primary in Washington

Tuesday, March 17th: Former US Vice President Joe Biden won alongside four other states in Washington’s Democratic primary last week. Biden has a slight lead over Senator Bernie Sanders, it said from an official body. The election had already taken place on March 10, but it had taken just under a week for the votes to be counted. Sanders had hoped to win in Washington. In 2016 he won there clearly ahead of his then competitor Hillary Clinton. Biden had also won in Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan and Idaho last Tuesday. Sanders won in North Dakota. (jael)

Louisiana postpones primaries for corona virus

Friday, March 13: The U.S. state of Louisiana is postponing the Republican and Democratic area codes ahead of the US presidential election because of the spread of the corona virus. Instead of April 4, they are now scheduled to take place on June 20 to ensure maximum turnout, the head of the electoral agency, Kyle Ardoin, said on Friday. The spread of Covid-19 lung disease is an “unprecedented threat”. Louisiana is the first state to postpone primary coronavirus primaries. Elections are scheduled for Tuesday in Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio.

The number of people infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is also increasing in the United States. According to the CDC health agency, the number of coronavirus cases is more than 1,600. More than 40 deaths have been recorded. There should be a high number of unreported cases because comparatively few tests have been carried out to date. (Saul)

Trump stops entry from the Schengen area

Thursday, March 12: To address the coronavirus in the United States, President Trump prohibits entry into the United States from many European countries. He blames Europeans for the spread of the virus. But the problem is that Trump ignores the virus crisis in his own country so bluntly, comments Torsten Denkler. He wants to win an election in autumn and therefore has nothing to do with the virus. As so often, Trump places his own interest above the well-being of the country. He could therefore be responsible for many deaths. (Saul)

Sanders wants to stay in the race despite new defeats

Wednesday, March 11th: The election evening was “obviously not a good night for our campaign,” said candidate Bernie Sanders after the “Super Tuesday II”. Still, he won’t give up. On Sunday, he wants to face his competitor for the presidential candidacy, Joe Biden, in the Democrats’ first one-on-one TV debate.

He wanted to take the opportunity to make the distinction between the two candidates clear, Sanders said. Although he had “won the ideological debate”, he was “losing the electoral debate”. Many followers would have told him that they agreed with him on many points. However, they are not convinced that he can persist in the presidential election against Trump.

Sanders turned directly to Biden. “Joe, what are you going to do?” He asked again and again, linking campaign issues such as health care reform, equality of income or mass detention. This can be understood as an indication that Sanders will withdraw if Biden approaches Sanders in terms of content. Primaries will be held in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio next Tuesday. A total of 577 delegate votes are cast in the four elections. Biden currently leads with 837 votes, ahead of Sanders with 689 votes. (cleric)

Sanders wins in North Dakota

Wednesday, March 11th: The presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won the minor state of North Dakota in the primaries. He received more than 53 percent of the votes there, Biden only about 38 percent. Elizabeth Warren accounted for 2.5 percent. Warren was out of the race last week. Voters who voted by postal vote could still vote beforehand.

Biden won in the major area code of Michigan as well as Idaho, Missouri and Mississippi. Washington has not yet been fully counted. In the state in the northwest, Sanders and Biden were head to head on Wednesday afternoon. (cck)

Biden also wins in the important US state of Michigan

Wednesday, March 11th: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to win in the key presidential state of Michigan in the presidential race of the US Democrats. The poll in Michigan – an industrialized country in the US Midwest – was considered an important indicator of the strength of the candidates at the race. It is about the votes of 125 delegates for the Democrats’ nomination convention in July – most of the delegate votes to be given on Tuesday in primary elections in a total of six states.

Biden was also forecast to win in the states of Mississippi and Missouri on Tuesday. His win in Michigan gives Biden a special boost – and means a bitter setback for Sanders. Sanders had focused his campaign over the past few days on the vote-weighty state of Michigan, where he won in the 2016 primaries. Michigan was “very, very important” for the race, Sanders had admitted at the weekend, but at the same time emphasized that he would not give up in the event of a defeat in Michigan. (jael)

Sanders and Biden cancel campaign appearances due to corona virus

Tuesday, March 10th: The corona virus also has ramifications for the US presidential campaign. Left Senator Sanders and ex-Vice President Biden canceled scheduled campaign appearances in the US state of Ohio for this Tuesday evening (local time). This would heed the state’s warnings of large indoor events, said Sanders’ campaign team spokesman Mike Casca. At all future campaign events, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, the campaign team said. The cancellations fell on an important day in the race for the presidential candidacy: primary elections were held this Tuesday in six states. (Saul)

Ex-candidate Harris supports Biden

Sunday, March 8th: Former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, like other former allies, has the former US Vice President Joe Biden expressed their support. Harris said on Sunday that there was no one better than Biden to steer the country through turbulent times and restore truth, honor and decency to the Oval Office. Biden is good-natured, caring and listens to the American people, said the African-American politician. This will give Biden another boost shortly before the next major round of primaries. Previously, Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar, who had also dropped out, had called on their supporters to support Biden.

Most recently, Elizabeth Warren had withdrawn from the competition. So far, however, she has expressly left open whether she wants to recommend her supporters to vote for Sanders or Biden. Sanders told CNN on Sunday he would like Warren’s support. The 78-year-old was self-confident and said he saw himself as the strongest candidate to defeat incumbent Donald Trump in the November presidential election. However, Sanders made it clear that he would support Biden if he was nominated as a candidate – and Biden would support him if he won. The primary goal is to beat Trump.

Warren gets out

Thursday, March 5: Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign, according to several US media. The Massachusetts senator, with her more left-wing program, targeted voters groups similar to Bernie Sanders, but underperformed her expectations in the previous primaries. Even in her home state, she was only third behind Biden and Sanders on Super Tuesday. With her departure, Tulsi Gabbard is now the last remaining woman in the applicant field. However, she has fewer chances than Warren.

Joe Biden warns of a negative election campaign among Democrats

Wednesday, March 4th: After his winning streak in the primaries, former US Vice President Joe Biden warned his competitors about the presidential candidacy of the US Democrats against a destructive election campaign. “We cannot allow these primaries to turn into a campaign of negative attacks in the coming weeks,” said Biden in Los Angeles on Wednesday. That would only benefit President Donald Trump, said Biden. He wanted to overcome the division in the United States.

The only serious competitor Bidens is now the left Senator Bernie Sanders (78). Also in the running are Senator Elizabeth Warren (70), who has little realistic chance of being nominated, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (38), who has no chance. Sanders said on Wednesday in Vermont about the upcoming duel with Biden: “I like Joe. He’s a decent guy.” Sanders also did not want the election campaign to drift off into personal attacks. “This is the last thing the country wants.” Sanders emphasized, however, that there were major differences in content between him and Biden, for example in health policy. “This is a competition of ideas,” he said. It is about different visions for the country. The next primaries in six other U.S. states will take place next Tuesday. (mxm)

Bloomberg gives up

Wednesday, March 4th: The billionaire Michael Bloomberg gets out of the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy. This was announced by his campaign staff on Wednesday. He will now support former Vice President Joe Biden, the statement said. “I will work to make him the next president of the United States.” On “Super Tuesday”, on which 14 US states voted, Bloomberg had only been able to book the American suburb of American Samoa. The ex-mayor of New York was on the ballot papers for the first time.

Biden triumphs on Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 4th: The US Democratic presidential nomination narrows to a duel between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The two fared the best on the most important pre-election day “Super Tuesday”. Especially the almost depreciated ex-vice president Biden took off. The 77-year-old, who stands for the moderate camp, celebrated surprisingly important victories in nine of the 14 states in which elections were held on Tuesday. But the previous leader Sanders from the left wing of the party was also successful and was first in California after the first counts, which will send most delegates to the nomination party convention.

Amy Klobuchar gets out

Monday, March 2nd: Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will not participate in further Democratic primary, media reports. Instead, she will support the candidacy of Joe Biden, on whose side she already wanted to campaign on Monday. The moderate politician saw Bernie Sanders as a dangerous socialist. In New Hampshire she achieved a remarkable third place. However, their campaign lacked the necessary donations to keep up with the other candidates. It was also the fear of Sanders’ success that has now moved the moderate candidate group. Without Buttigieg, Steyer and Klobuchar, moderate Democrats in the primaries can now focus entirely on Biden or Bloomberg. (cleric)

Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer end presidential campaigns

Monday, March 2nd: Former South Bend, Democratic Mayor of Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, ends his presidential campaign. “The truth is that the road to our candidacy, but not our cause, has come to an end,” Buttigieg told supporters in his hometown South Bend on Sunday evening. After strong results in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg had two disappointing results in Nevada, where he finished third, and last Saturday in South Carolina. Buttigieg only finished fourth behind the clear winner Joe Biden, second-placed Bernie Sanders and Californian billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer had already announced the end of his campaign immediately after the area code on Saturday. (mxm)

Joe Biden wins in South Carolina

Sunday, March 1st: The former Vice President under Barack Obama has won the great hoped-for and necessary victory in South Carolina. After counting 86 percent of all votes, he won 48.4 percent of the delegate votes. Bernie Sanders, who leads the national polls with a clear lead in the field of democratic applicants, came in second with just under 30 percentage points. He comes to 19.9 percent. Biden’s clear victory is somewhat surprising. He had been disappointing in the previous primaries. Recent surveys indicated a much tighter result.

The billionaire Tom Steyer got out of the race on election night. Er holte zwar einen achtbaren dritten Platz. Seine 11,4 Prozent sind aber offenbar nicht genug, um ihm ausreichenden Schwung für den Super Tuesday am 3. März zu geben. In nationalen Umfragen erreicht er lediglich 2,1 Prozent. Pete Buttigieg kam mit 8,1 Prozent auf Rang vier. Elizabeth Warren erreichte lediglich Rang fünf mit 7,0 Prozent. Amy Klobuchar erreicht mit 3,2 Prozent Rang sechs. Vor allem Warren und Klobuchar werden sich jetzt fragen müssen, ob sie weitermachen wollen. Warren, Senatorin aus Massachusetts hat ein ähnliches Programm wie Sanders, konnte ihm aber bisher in keiner der jetzt vier Vorwahlen gefährlich werden. Klobuchar, moderate Senatorin aus Minnesota hingegen kann sich nur dann Chancen ausrechnen, wenn Biden schwächelt. Danach sieht es jetzt nicht mehr aus. (kler)

Coronavirus könnte Sanders im Wahlkampf helfen

Freitag, 28. Februar: Auch in den USA wird verstärkt über das Coronavirus diskutiert. Die weltweite Krise könnte bei den Demokraten dem in Führung liegenden Sanders in die Karten spielen, sagt Analyst Jochen Stanzl vom Online-Broker CMC Markets. Sanders tritt für eine allgemeine staatliche Krankenversicherung und höhere Steuern für Reiche ein. Analysten gehen davon aus, dass bei einem Wahlsieg Sanders’ Aktienkurse unter Druck geraten könnten. “Mit Sanders könnte der Sonderweg der Vereinigten Staaten (im Vergleich zur Mehrheit der westlichen Demokratien) im Bereich der Sozialpolitik beendet werden”, befindet Ulrich Leuchtmann, Devisenexperte bei der Commerzbank. Das könnte die USA weniger attraktiv für internationale Investoren machen. Im Rennen um die US-Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Demokraten wird am Samstag im Bundesstaat South Carolina die vierte Vorwahl abgehalten. (saul)

Erdrutschsieg für Sanders in Nevada, Biden auf Platz zwei

Montag, 24. Februar: Bernie Sanders hat seine Rolle als faktischer Frontrunner der Demokraten durch einen deutlichen Sieg bei den Vorwahlen in Nevada gefestigt. Der linke Senator gewann mit 47,1 Prozent aller Stimmen deutlich vor Joe Biden, der 21 Prozent der Wähler von sich überzeugen konnte. Auf Platz drei kommt Pete Buttigieg mit 13,7 Prozent der Stimmen. Damit entfallen auf Sanders 24 Delegierte, Biden bekommt neun und Buttigieg drei. Sanders führt damit vor dem Super Tuesday am 3. März deutlich vor Buttigieg und Biden. Für die kommende Vorwahl in South Carolina sehen die Umfragen den ehemaligen Vizepräsidenten Biden vorne. (bix)

Russland unterstützt in den Vorwahlen angeblich Sanders

Freitag, 21. Februar: Die Sanders-Kampagne teilte am Freitag mit, dass sie von US-Offiziellen vor etwa einem Monat über Russlands Versuche informiert wurde, den US-Senator im Vorwahlkampf der Demokraten zu unterstützen. Erst vor wenigen Tagen war berichtet, worden, dass Russland versuche, Trump bei seiner Wiederwahl zu helfen. The New York Times zufolge halten es einige aktuelle und ehemalige Mitarbeiter der US-Behörden für möglich, dass die Unterstützung Russlands für Sanders im Vorwahlkampf der Demokraten letztlich auch Trump helfen soll. Das Kalkül demnach: Sanders sei für Trump bei der Präsidentschaftswahl im Herbst ein leichterer Gegner als moderate Demokraten. Auch im Wahlkampf 2016 hatten russische Social-Media-Wahlkämpfer dem Mueller-Report zufolge die Anweisung, der Sanders-Kampagne zumindest nicht zu schaden. US-Präsident Trump hatte die Berichte über neuerliche russische Hilfe für seinen Wahlkampf als “weitere Lügengeschichte der Demokraten” bezeichnet. Sanders nannte den russischen Präsidenten in einer Mitteilung am Freitag einen “autokratischen Schuft” und warnte ihn davor, sich in dem US-Wahlkampf einzumischen. (mxm)

Bloomberg geht wegen angeblich sexistischer Äußerungen in Offensive

Freitag, 21. Februar: Unter wachsendem Druck wegen angeblich sexistischer Äußerungen geht der demokratische Präsidentschaftsbewerber Mike Bloomberg in den USA in die Offensive: Der Milliardär bot am Freitag an, Verschwiegenheitserklärungen seines Konzerns mit drei Frauen aufzuheben, damit diese über seine angeblichen Bemerkungen Auskunft geben könnten. Wegen der Verschwiegenheitserklärungen war Bloomberg bei einer Fernsehdebatte am vergangenen Mittwoch von seinen demokratischen Mitbewerbern scharf angegriffen worden. Die Senatorin Elizabeth Warren forderte Bloomberg auf, alle Frauen, die öffentlich über ihre Vorwürfe gegen ihn reden wollten, aus den Vereinbarungen zu entlassen. Bloomberg hatte diese Forderung in der Debatte noch zurückgewiesen. “Sie haben diese Vereinbarungen unterschrieben, und wir werden damit leben”, hatte Bloomberg geantwortet. Das Publikum hatte Bloomberg daraufhin ausgebuht. (mxm)

Bloomberg wird bei TV-Debatte scharf attackiert

Donnerstag, 20. Februar: Die Konkurrenten des Milliardärs haben sich auf das erste Aufeinandertreffen mit ihm im TV offenbar besser vorbereitet als Bloomberg selber. So warf ihm Elizabeth Warren Sexismus vor und dass er Frauen mit Verschwiegenheits-Übereinkommen mundtot gemacht hätte. Er weiß darauf wenig Antworten. Doch Warren greift nicht nur ihn an, sondern auch Bernie Sanders und Pete Buttigieg, berichtet Thorsten Denkler. (bix)

Michael Bloomberg erstmals für TV-Debatte qualifiziert

Donnerstag, 19. Februar: Der US-Präsidentschaftsbewerber und Milliardär Michael Bloomberg nimmt an diesem Mittwoch (nach deutscher Zeit in die Nacht auf Donnerstag) bei einer Fernsehdebatte mit anderen demokratischen Bewerbern teil. Bloomberg war erst spät in den Wahlkampf eingestiegen und will sich erstmals am Super Tuesday zur Wahl stellen. Am 3. März wählen 15 Staaten und die Demokraten im Ausland gleichzeitig. Eine US-weite Umfrage sieht Bloomberg derzeit mit 19 Prozent Unterstützung auf dem zweiten Platz hinter Sanders mit 31 Prozent. (cck)

Bennet und Yang geben auf

Mittwoch, 12. Februar: Unmittelbar nach Abschluss der zweiten Vorwahl im Rennen um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der US-Demokraten haben zwei weitere Bewerber das Handtuch geworfen. Nach der Schließung der Wahllokale in New Hampshire erklärte der Unternehmer Andrew Yang, die absehbaren Resultate seien “nicht das Ergebnis, für das wir so hart gekämpft haben”. Es gebe derzeit keinen Weg mehr für ihn, sich die Kandidatur der Partei zu sichern, erklärte Yang vor Unterstützern.

Auch Michael Bennet gab seinen Rückzug bekannt. Der 55-jährige Senator aus Colorado hatte gehofft, sich bei der zweiten Vorwahl von den anderen moderaten Kandidaten Biden, Buttigieg und Klobuchar absetzen zu können. Beide, Yang und Bennet, erklärten, sie würden den siegreichen Kandidaten der Demokraten unterstützen, um Donald Trump ablösen zu können.

Am Mittwoch stieg auch der frühere Gouverneur von Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, aus. Er war der letzte afroamerikanische Politiker im Bewerberfeld gewesen, das jetzt noch acht Politikerinnen und Politiker umfasst. (bix)

Sanders siegt in New Hampshire

Mittwoch, 12. Februar: Im Falle von New Hampshire erweisen sich die Prognosen und Umfragen vor der Vorwahl als korrekt: Bernie Sanders hat die Primary in dem Ostküstenstaat für sich entschieden, allerdings nur mit einem knappen Vorsprung. Nach Auszählung von 90 Prozent aller Stimmen lag Sanders knapp 1,5 Prozent vor Pete Buttigieg, der eine Woche zuvor die Vorwahl in Iowa für sich entschieden hatte. Damit gehen neun Delegiertenstimmen an jeweils beide Kandidaten. An Platz drei steht Amy Klobuchar, die noch sechs Delegierte für sich gewinnen kann. Die mitfavorisierten Elizabeth Warren und Joe Biden gehen leer aus. (bix)

Team Sanders verlangt Teilprüfung der Iowa-Ergebnisse

Montag, 10. Februar: Iowa wird voraussichtlich 14 nationale Delegierte für Pete Buttigieg zum Nominierungsparteitag im Sommer entsenden – zwei mehr als für den linken Senator Bernie Sanders. Das geht aus weiteren Ergebnissen hervor, die die Demokratische Partei in Iowa am Sonntag veröffentlichte. Sanders werde zwölf Delegierte erhalten, die drittplatzierte Elizabeth Warren acht, der ehemalige Vizepräsident Joe Biden sechs und Amy Klobuchar einen einzigen.

Ein offizielles Endergebnis gibt es nachwievor nicht. Das Team von Sanders will eine Teilprüfung der Ergebnisse verlangen. Bei dem Prozedere handelt es sich nicht um eine Neuzählung. Vielmehr wird dabei die Stimmenauszählung geprüft, um sicherzustellen, dass einzelne Resultate richtig addiert wurden. (saul)

Kein endgültiges Ergebnis in Iowa

Freitag, 7. Februar: Vier Tage nach dem ersten Caucus der US-Vorwahlen gibt es in Iowa immer noch keinen eindeutigen Gewinner. Das hat zweierlei Gründe: Zum einen gab es technische Probleme bei einer App der Demokraten, die das Auszählen vereinfachen sollte, es aber noch viel komplizierter gemacht hat, weswegen bei der kommenden Vorwahl in Nevada wieder das althergebrachte Verfahren eingesetzt wird. Zum anderen gibt es – kaum zu glauben – in einem Bezirk immer noch kein finales Ergebnis. Bernie Sanders und Pete Buttigieg sehen sich zudem beide als Sieger der Vorwahl. Nun gibt es Stimmen, die eine Neuauszählung fordern, doch auch das ist kompliziert. Nach derzeitigem Stand käme Buttigieg auf 13 Delegiertenstimmen, Sanders auf 11, Elizabeth Warren auf sieben und Joe Biden auf 5. Das kann sich aber auch noch ändern. (bix)

Republikanischer Präsidentschaftsbewerber Walsh beendet Kampagne

Freitag, 7. Februar: Der frühere US-Kongressabgeordnete Joe Walsh steigt aus dem Rennen um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Republikaner aus. “Ich beende meine Kampagne, aber unser Kampf gegen die Sekte von Trump hat erst begonnen”, erklärte der konservative Radio-Moderator am Freitag auf Twitter. Er sei entschlossen, alles zu tun, um Trump im November zu schlagen. Walsh hatte bei der ersten Vorwahl der Republikaner in Iowa Anfang der Woche wie Trumps anderer Konkurrent Bill Weld lediglich etwas mehr als ein Prozent der Stimmen bekommen. (saul)

Buttigieg liegt in Iowa knapp vor Sanders

Freitag, 7. Februar: Drei Tage nach der Wahl sind die Wahlbezirke komplett ausgezählt. Der frühere Bürgermeister Pete Buttigieg hält seinen knappen Vorsprung vor dem linken Senator Bernie Sanders, wie aus den Zahlen hervorgeht, die die Demokratische Partei veröffentlichte. Auf dem dritten Platz liegt die Senatorin Elizabeth Warren, dahinter auf einem schwachen vierten Platz der frühere Vizepräsident Joe Biden, der auf nationaler Ebene als Favorit gilt. Nach der Wahl am Montag gab es Probleme mit der Auszählung. Die Ergebnisse können noch angefochten werden. Der Fernsehsender CNN will nach eigenen Angaben erst nach dieser Frist am Freitag einen Sieger küren und auch erst dann, wenn es keinen Antrag auf Überprüfung gibt. (cck)

Wahlchaos bei den Demokraten

Dienstag, 4. Februar: Im US-Bundesstaat Iowa haben Republikaner und Demokraten über ihre Wunschkandidaten für die Präsidentschaftswahlen im Herbst abgestimmt. Bei den Republikanern gewann klar Präsident Donald Trump, allerdings auch ohne ernstzunehmenden Gegenkandidaten. Bei den Demokraten stehen die Ergebnisse auch Stunden nach den Abstimmungen noch nicht fest. Bei der Übermittlung soll es große Pannen gegeben haben. Mehr Informationen zur Vorwahl in Iowa. (saul)

Duell beim Super Bowl

Montag, 3. Februar: Es ist eines der größten Fernsehereignisse der Welt: der alljährliche Super Bowl, das Endspiel der Football-Liga NFL. 100 Millionen Amerikaner schauen zu, 30 Sekunden TV-Werbung kosten 5,6 Millionen Dollar. In diesem Jahr spielten auf dem Rasen die Kansas City Chiefs gegen die San Francisco 49ers. Und in der Werbepause kämpfte Donald Trump gegen Michael Bloomberg. Nachdem der Milliardär Bloomberg für zehn Millionen Dollar Sendezeit für seinen Wahlwerbespots eingekauft hatte, zog Trump nach. Für Bloomberg, der spät ins Kandidatenrennen der Demokraten eingestiegen ist, war es sicher ein wichtiger Moment. Wie das Duell der Politiker ausgeht, wird sich natürlich erst im Laufe des Jahres entscheiden. Auf dem Rasen jedenfalls gewann Kansas City. (ghe)

Delaney zieht sich aus dem Rennen zurück

Freitag, 31. Januar: Der ehemalige Abgeordnete John Delaney, hat seine Bewerbung zurückgezogen. Er gab für die Kandidatur sein Amt im Repräsentantenhaus auf, wo er die Bürger im 6. Wahlbezirk von Maryland vertrat und eher als Hinterbankler galt. Zuvor war Delaney Geschäftsmann, der zwei Unternehmen mitgründete, die es bis an die New Yorker Börse schafften. Er gehört zum Parteiestablishment, seine Kandidatur verlief eher unspektakulär. (cck)

Kampf zwischen den Demokraten und gegen Trump

Montag, 27. Januar: Während das Rennen zwischen den Demokraten in den landesweiten Umfragen enger wird, verfolgen die bereits gewählten Demokraten im Kongress in Washington ein Projekt: Das Impeachment gegen US-Präsident Trump. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass die erforderliche Zweidrittel-Mehrheit im Senat zustande kommt, ist sehr gering, doch ein Ziel versuchen die Demokraten dennoch zu erreichen: Die aus ihrer Sicht unlauteren und unrechtmäßigen Handlungen des Präsidenten vor den Wählern offenzulegen und ihm so im Hinblick auf die Wahlen am 3. November zu schaden. Dabei hilft ihnen auch, dass Trumps ehemaliger Nationaler Sicherheitsberater John Bolton plant, ein Buch zu veröffentlichen, dessen Inhalt den Präsidenten im Bezug auf die Ukraine-Affäre schwer belastet. (bix)

Letztes TV-Duell vor den Vorwahlen

Mittwoch, 15. Januar: Knapp zwei Wochen vor dem Beginn der ersten Vorwahlen in Iowa trafen die Bewerber der Demokraten noch einmal vor laufender Kamera aufeinander. Dabei fehlte allerdings Michael Bloomberg, der auch erst beim Super Tuesday zur Wahl stehen wird. Nachdem sich Bernie Sanders und Elizabeth Warren bei den Diskussionen im Herbst noch schonten, attackierten sie sich nun erstmals direkt. Dabei dominierte die Frage, ob eine Frau überhaupt in der Lage sei, US-Präsident Trump ernsthaft herauszufordern. Warren entzog sich dieser Diskussion und verteilte stattdessen Spitzen gegen Sanders und Biden. (bix)


Obama expresses support for Biden | candidacy in video message NOW

US former President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed support for Joe Biden. Until now, Obama has been in the background fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination, but his role may have been larger than thought.

“Appointing Joe as Vice President is one of the best choices I have ever made. He has become a good friend of mine,” said Obama in a video message on Twitter.

Biden is the last remaining Democratic presidential candidate. He will face US President Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential election in November.

Obama remained silent for a long time during the Democratic primaries. He has never publicly expressed support for Biden, his former vice president. But according to research by The New York Times Obama did play a role in the background.

Obama played a role in Sanders’ exit

For example, the former president spoke several times with that other major contender, the Social Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders. People in Sanders and Obama circles say to the newspaper that those conversations influenced Sanders’ choice to step out of the race and publicly support Biden.

Obama is said to have told Sanders in March that the senator had reached his goal of pulling the Democratic party substantially to the left. At the time, according to two people who have knowledge of the conversation, Sanders was already talking about his plans for after the primaries.

Biden kept “political distance” from Obama

Biden preferred to keep the former president as far away from his campaign as possible, because he wanted to win the primaries on his own. Obama himself feared that if he had supported Biden before, it would appear that he came to his rescue, people in his circle say.

Now that Sanders has left the primaries, Obama can also express his support for Biden more easily without losing too much support from the mostly young Sanders supporters.

The question is whether this more progressive target group is ready to switch to the Biden camp. Some of them, including Sanders’ press secretary himself, have already said they will not do this.


Crisis forces Donald Trump to change strategy

Washington On February 29, the republican world was still in order. The “Conservative Political Action Conference” (CPAC), a kind of value union under high current, carried the motto “America vs. Socialism “. Women with lots of make-up and well parted men cheered the star guest Donald Trump.

There, in a convention center in Maryland, the fronts were clear: on the one hand, the Republican President, who cut taxes and created more than a million jobs, under which stock market prices hit record highs and the rest of the world finally respected the United States . On the other hand, the redistributors of the Democrats who betray America’s real interests.

From the point of view of the Republicans, it was a tailor-made start to an election campaign year, of which there is nothing left five weeks later. In the corona recession, the president can no longer rely on rising stock prices and new jobs as proof of success.

“America Against Socialism” has also stopped working since the Republicans have tried to prevent the middle class from falling with billions in government bailouts. Especially since it is now clear that it is not the left Bernie Sanders who will stand for the Democrats, but the moderate Joe Biden, formerly vice under Barack Obama.

On Easter Monday, Sanders asked his supporters to vote for Biden. A day later, Obama followed suit himself. The ex-US president officially assured Biden of his support in the US presidential race. Obama said in a video message posted on Twitter that he was proud to recommend his friend Biden as president.

Not only the content, but also the methods of the campaign have changed, for both parties. Webcasts, TV appearances and social media posts have to replace stadium speeches, house campaigns and sponsor dinners due to the corona.

The “Convention”, the popular party-like election party conference at which Democrats Joe Biden is finally chosen as their top candidate, is said to start on August 17th, more than a month later than planned, if at all. The Republican convention is slated to begin on August 24th.


It also seems uncertain what country will choose its president in November: a stumbled superpower whose economy is in a deep recession with millions of desperate unemployed? Or a country that has left the virus shock behind and in which stock market prices are already approaching the pre-corona level?

Almost everything about this election year has changed in the past few weeks. Only one thing is remarkably constant: demoscopy. When asked who the Americans would rather have as president, Biden is in direct comparison with Trump in almost all serious surveys since the beginning of the year, sometimes with a two percent, sometimes with a nine percent lead. Only a poll commissioned by the conservative news broadcaster Fox News recorded a tie between Trump and Biden.

Hardly increasing approval ratings

Surprisingly, there was little movement through Corona regarding the approval ratings for President Trump. According to the statistics platform Fivethirtyeight.com, which bundles all election polls in the United States, 52.9 percent of potential voters were dissatisfied with Trump’s leadership at the turn of the year on a weighted average of all polls. Only 42.6 percent were satisfied. As of Easter Monday, 44.3 percent were satisfied with Trump, 51.4 percent dissatisfied.

The small upturn in approval ratings came in mid-March when Trump made himself the top corona crisis manager. “Rally` round the flag ”, pollsters call the effect if the approval of the incumbent head of government increases in times of crisis.

But in the corona crisis, this effect is comparatively weak in the United States: after the attacks of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush’s approval ratings rose from 51 to 86 percent.

“It doesn’t look good for Trump,” says Christopher Wlezien, “he does worse in polls than any office president before him that we have data on.” Wlezien is a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Austin. His specialty is voter behavior in US presidential elections. “Trump has to change something, his current values ​​are probably not enough to win the election in November,” says Wlezien.

Trump’s most important change so far: He has made the daily briefing of the Corona Task Force his central communication tool. The White House event, which is broadcast by all major news outlets, sometimes lasts more than two hours.

Trump uses them, on the one hand, to repeat his central arguments again and again: he recognized the corona danger earlier than the Democrats and therefore already had an entry stop from China on January 31. Now he has the fight against the pandemic under control.

Too busy as president?

Once Corona is defeated, nobody is better qualified than Trump to bring the US economy to new heights: “We have built the best economy the US has ever had, we will do it again.”

Trump uninhibitedly uses the government briefing for the election campaign. So he urged Sanders supporters to vote for the Republicans rather than Biden. Or he uses the forum to discredit Biden as Sleepy Joe. “Sleepy Joe” is Trump’s ridiculous name for Biden.

Trump’s house and yard broadcaster Fox News provides the narrative by cutting together those actually not too rare moments when Biden’s sentences in incoherent nirvana. Biden is 77 years old, is the not particularly subtle message from the Trump camp, and is simply too stupid to be president.

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What Biden has to do to counter this is the home studio that he had set up in the “Recreation Room” (Biden), in the leisure room of his house in Wilminton in the US state of Delaware. With the help of webcasts, he addresses his voters from here, in the background a bookshelf and a US flag that appears to have been draped.

Many who have met Biden personally report the winning warmth that it radiates. He can’t get it across in the digital corona campaign. And the special roundtables for election campaign sponsors also suffer in their digital version from the fact that no donor can now boast of having dined with the (future) President of the USA. So far, Biden has been able to raise only a fraction of the amount available to the Republicans for their election campaign.

Biden hardly appears in the concrete fight against the pandemic and its economic consequences. He currently has no political office in which he could put together rescue packages or set up field hospitals. “I would also prefer to be in the Senate now,” the former Vice President admitted at the end of March.

Some in the Democratic Party are already dreaming that instead of the solid but unobtrusive bid, Andrew Cuomo could somehow become a presidential candidate. The New York state governor did a good job of fighting the corona crisis by taking decisive action. But if nothing happens to Biden, Cuomo as a candidate will probably only remain a mental game for Washington’s political small talk.

Vizin wanted

Perhaps the most important decision Biden has to make now: who should become his vice president? He has already made it clear that he wants a woman as a “running mate”. In addition, it should at best belong to a minority, inspire young voters and come from a swing state. So from a federal state that is always contested between Republicans and Democrats. Government experience is also an advantage, because Biden’s vice raises the question more urgently than younger candidates: Will number two be able to replace the president in an emergency?

Senators Kamala Harris (African-American) and Amy Klobuchar and Elisabeth Warren (left, but actually too old at 70) are considered favorites, all three to a few weeks ago as presidential candidates. Also the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer (experienced government, Swing State).

Given the many issues Biden’s campaign has been struggling with, Trump’s backlog in polls is all the more threatening for the incumbent. As of now, election researcher Wlezien estimates that Biden will be twice as far ahead of Trump across the U.S. as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

At that time, Trump was able to secure the presidency despite his nationwide backlog in the votes because he had a majority in Electoral College. The body whose 538 members ultimately decide on the president. These so-called electoral officers are assigned to the election winner in each state in each state. The bigger Trump’s nationwide deficit of the democratic candidate turns out, the less likely it is that the scenario from 2016 will be repeated.

Which states matter

David Plouffe has been one of the best campaign managers in the United States since he led Barack Obama to victory in 2008. Today he is in the service of the philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative by Facebook– Founder Marc Zuckerberg and his wife.

But his heart is still beating for the election campaign – and for the Democrats. He advises them to focus on nine particularly controversial states in 2020: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Not all of these countries have surveys that are current enough to take into account a possible corona effect. Wherever there are numbers, Biden is usually just ahead. But just barely. Plouffe predicts that the Democrats will still need around five to ten million additional votes to be able to win the election safely.


His advice: Biden must focus on two groups of voters. Firstly, African-Americans – with whom Biden, as Obama’s always loyal vice, is still highly regarded. But Biden must often motivate this politically disaffected milieu to actually vote. Second: young voters. So far they have formed Bernie Sanders’ fan base and have been inspired by his left-wing ideas for US standards.

Now that Sanders is out of the race, it is important to preserve this clientele for the Democrats. Plouffe recommends primarily using social media to reach young voters despite the lockdown.

Biden is already ensuring the right content by accepting well-chosen election promises from its intra-party rival Sanders. Biden wants to cut the tuition fees for children from households with low and middle income for the first four years at state universities.

And Trump? It was the voters from the white working class and middle class that helped him win in 2016. Trump’s promises at the time were well-paid jobs in a thriving economy. Electoral researcher Wrezien assumes that the economic situation will decide about 50 percent of Trump’s re-election, “with the two years before the election counting roughly equally.”

Trump does not have to fear that voters will only remember the economic crash of the past few weeks. But it is also clear that an end to the corona recession must at least be foreseeable by election day. Otherwise, if there is another CPAC meeting in 2021, Trump will only be there as a former president.

More: America’s oath of revelation – Corona and the United States’ system errors.


Bernie Sanders supports Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden in February 2020
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Bernie Sanders officially stands behind Joe Biden: In an online presence, the democrat is asking all Americans to support his previous opponent in order to prevent Donald Trump from serving a second term.

DLeft Senator Bernie Sanders has officially pledged his support to the only remaining presidential candidate, Joe Biden. He called on all Americans to support Biden’s presidential candidacy – as he does, Sanders said on Monday at a joint online presence with his previous opponent. Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the recent history of the United States. It is important to ensure that Trump has only one term. “We need you in the White House,” said Sanders to Biden’s address. He himself would do everything to make it happen.

Sanders had stepped out of the Democratic presidential race last week, paving the way for a candidacy by former Vice President Biden. He is now the only remaining presidential candidate of his party and is thus already a challenger for incumbent Trump in the presidential election in early November – long before the end of the primaries. When announcing his retreat, Sanders initially refrained from explicit support from his previous competitor.


Bernie Sanders pledges support to Biden

Joe Biden (l.) And Bernie Sanders

Sanders had dropped out of the Democratic presidential race last week, paving the way for Biden’s candidacy.

(Photo: dpa)

Washington Left senator Bernie Sanders has officially pledged his support to the only remaining presidential candidate, Joe Biden. He is calling on all Americans to support Biden’s presidential candidacy – as he is doing, said Sanders on Monday at a joint online presence with his previous opponent.

Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the recent history of the United States. It is important to ensure that Trump has only one term. “We need you in the White House,” said Sanders to Biden’s address. He himself would do everything to make it happen.


Biden wins area code in Alaska after Sanders exit

Joe Biden

The former US Vice President was only able to get half of the votes in the Alaska primaries.

(Photo: AP)

Washington The only remaining Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has won the Alaska state code, as expected. The Alaska Democratic Party declared the former US Vice President the winner on Saturday night (local time). He got 55.3 percent of the vote.

In the large but extremely sparsely populated state, there was only a minimal number of 15 delegate votes for the Democratic nomination conference in August. Biden’s official freestyle as the party’s presidential candidate is expected there.


Joe Biden beats Bernie Sanders in the Alaska Democratic primary

Joe Biden won the Alaska Democratic primary for the United States presidential election nomination, defeating the senator Bernie Sanders days after Sanders suspended his campaign.

Biden defeated Sanders on Saturday with 55.3% of the vote, compared to the senator’s 44.7%. A total of 19,759 votes were presented.

Biden will receive 11 delegates and Sanders 4. In total, the former vice president has 1,228 delegates compared to Sanders’ 918, according to a count by The Associated Press.

Sanders, like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who also suspended their campaigns, asked to be included on the ballots, said Casey Steinau, president of the state party.

Sanders suspended his campaign this week, but said he would keep his name among the options in states that have not yet voted. The senator aspired to gather delegates in an effort to influence the party’s strategy at this year’s Democratic National Convention.

Sanders had won at party assemblies in Alaska in 2016, beating Hillary Clinton.

The state primaries were originally scheduled for April 4, but concerns over COVID-19 disrupted the plans and led to the introduction of a single vote-by-mail system.

It was the first time that Alaska Democrats traded their caucuses for primaries, which allowed them to rank candidates in order of preference.


Election Update: Can Biden Win the ‘Bernie Bros’? | NOW

Welcome to this weekly update ahead of the November 3 US presidential election. With this week: Bernie Sanders is throwing it all, but he has left his mark and Joe Biden has something else to offer: his supporters.

“The road to victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders said in a statement video message addressed to his supporters, referring to the backlog of over three hundred delegates to Joe Biden.

The Vermont senator was briefly the top favorite in February, after good results in Iowa and New Hampshire and a big win in Nevada.

Then Sanders hit a wall. Other moderate candidates stepped out of the race and gave Biden plenty of room to unite that wing of the match behind.

Sanders formally won the top prize with Super California on Super Tuesday, but Biden even finished there with only 49 delegates less (out of a total of 393). In the states that followed, Biden further expanded his lead.

Why right now, Bernie?

The delays in delegates will not have been the main reason why Sanders has just left the race, because it had been known for some time. Chances were that he would persist to the very end. It would put him in a better position to force Biden further to the left.

The coronavirus emergency not only halted the Democratic primaries, but also prompted Sanders to adjust its priorities.

“When I see how a crisis is gripping the nation, aggravated by a president who is unwilling or unable to provide any kind of credible leadership, and how much work it takes to protect others, I cannot good conscience continue with a campaign I can’t win, “he said Wednesday.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, before starting a debate in the 2016 Democratic primaries. (Photo: Pro Shots)

It is not 2016 anymore

There are similarities between the defeat of Sanders in 2020 and that in 2016. Even then, his campaign died because the moderate wing of the party closed ranks against him. But the differences seem more important. Blamed Sanders’ supporters (not unjustly) for being Democratic party leaders on Hillary Clinton’s hand, this time it’s clearly the voter who tripped him.

Sanders couldn’t air or see Clinton. She was also so unpopular among his supporters. The relationship between Biden and Sanders is a lot better. The two are not friends, but there is mutual respect and they usually interact courteously. For example, according to sources within his campaign team, Sanders appreciated that Biden did not attack him “below the belt” after his unparalleled comeback in early March.

In announcing the end of his campaign, Sanders called Biden a “very decent man” and said he was looking forward to a possible partnership. The fact that he already showed some openness to his former rival in April is a clear difference from 2016, when a resentful and unenthusiastic Sanders only left Clinton in July.

Sanders wants to push Biden further to the left

It is important that Sanders Biden has not yet given a full endorsement. He still urges his supporters to vote for him in the primaries still on the program. In this way, Sanders can continue to put pressure.

Biden’s election program is already a lot more to the left than Clinton’s in 2016, bringing the former vice president to a new reality: the Democratic Party as a whole has shifted to the left. Because of the growth of young voters and the presidency of Donald Trump, but also because of the influence of the Sanders movement.

Young Democrats attend a Sanders campaign meeting in Iowa in February. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Can Biden keep the Sanders trailers inboard?

Biden cannot ignore Sanders’ overwhelming popularity among young Democrats. Sanders also emphasizes that he may have lost the fight for the presidency, but not for the next generation.

Victor Vlam: “Many popular young Democratic politicians, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, grew up in the Bernie movement. You could imagine that Biden involves people like that.”

The former vice president seems to want that too. Commenting on Sanders’ announcement, he announced that his door is open to him and his supporters.

It will not be an easy task to get the hard core of the Sanders movement warm for an establishment figure like Biden. Although he is less hated than Hillary Clinton, he is not very popular.

Biden is not the only one who preys on the Sanders fans. President Trump did not wait long on Wednesday before attempting to spark divisions among the Democrats and lure them away with one of the few similarities between his program and Sanders’: a hankering for a protectionist trade policy.

“Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thanks for Elizabeth Warren. If she hadn’t been there, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday!” he wrote on Twitter. “This ended exactly as the Democrats and their party leaders wanted, the same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people must come to the Republican Party, TRADE!”

Next week, among other things, we will be looking at postal votes in November, due to the corona crisis. The Republicans don’t like that. Too unsafe, they say. Is that correct, or is there something else at stake?

Thanks for your attention. Do you have questions about the US presidential race, a proposal for a topic or other comments? Send an email to matthijs@nu.nl


Biden and Trump court Sanders voters

2ndIn 016, many workers wanted Donald Trump to believe that he would bring industrial jobs back to the United States. He promised voters a policy of foreclosure with tariffs, thereby campaigning for supporters of the Democrats.

Even if that didn’t work, the idea is still very attractive, even with parts of the left. And so Trump turned to the disappointed Bernie Sanders supporters on Twitter on Wednesday: “The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party. TRADE!”

He reminded the grieving left that the MPs they favored were not friends with Biden: “I can’t imagine that AOC plus 3 will support sleepy Joe!” Meant the quartet of politicians around the left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, which was nicknamed “The Squad”, otherwise a slang word for committed groups of friends. Once again, Trump deliberately strewed misinformation: Ocasio-Cortez had long ago declared that she supports Biden. Trump’s tweets targeted those Sanders fans who are actually receptive to his populist offerings.

Joe Rogan, one of America’s most successful podcasters, with 1.5 billion unique hits a year, had recently announced that he wanted to vote for Sanders. The fact that he welcomed this advocacy was mainly due to the fact that Rogan is considered America’s number one “man understanding”. With his mostly white, male guests and jokes about women, transgender people and alleged “political correctness”, he has developed a large following across the political spectrum. Some experts around the Sanders campaign had warned the senator against getting too close to the podcaster. And Rogan’s flirtation with the left ended abruptly when he announced Biden’s candidacy: “I would prefer to vote for Trump.” With the nomination of the former vice president, the democratic party “made us all idiots,” said Rogan.

Third party risk

Some commentators already fear that Sanders supporters will not stand behind Biden. The turnout of the young generation is low anyway – many of them could stay at home now. Relevant numbers of Sanders supporters refused to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – above all in favor of Trump.

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According to “FiveThirtyEight” evaluation, around 25 percent of those who supported Sanders in the area code did not vote for Clinton. Instead, 12 percent voted for Donald Trump, 4.5 percent opted for the Green Jill Stein and 3.2 percent for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. The rest said they voted for other candidates or didn’t vote at all.

This shows that there is potential for Sanders fans who might be willing to vote for Trump – and that third-party candidates of small parties can be a threat to the Democrats. However, Joe Biden is not Hillary Clinton – some observers assume that she was particularly rejected as a woman, former Secretary of State and first lady of former President Bill Clinton.

Meanwhile, the Sanders Ultras clear their anger with Twitter hashtags like #BernieOrBust, #NeverBiden or # DemExit2020. Even if it is noticeable that troll accounts among others use these battle cries, there are still many professing “Bernie or Bust” followers. Her heroes are not so late as Joe Rogan, but rather the creators of left podcasts like “Chapo Trap House” or “Red Scare”. The New York local celebrities behind these shows are sometimes referred to as “dirtbag left” because they think it is a sign of intellectual independence to make sexist jokes.


Joe Biden Alone Against Trump

The real battle begins for Joe Biden. Following the resignation of Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, April 8, in the Democratic nomination contest for the presidential election, the ex-vice president can now put his camp in order to beat Donald Trump. This political veteran intends to bring together the ” big tent Democrat of the progressive left wing, passionately embodied by the Vermont senator, at the centrists, to form a winning coalition of voters in November.

→ DOSSIER. 2020 US Presidential Election: News, Candidates and Polls

Cordial relations between Biden and Sanders

Without wasting time, Joe Biden has multiplied the praise for his former opponent and reached out to his supporters. “I hear you, and I understand the sense of urgency of everything we need to do in this country” did he declare. I hope you will join me. You are welcome. We need you “. The cordial relations between the two men, – in contrast to the persistent animosity between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton throughout the presidential elections of 2016 -, should facilitate the task to him.

Joe Biden’s campaign team is also working to reconcile their proposals with Bernie Sanders’s on health insurance, social inequality, education and climate change to rally the young and progressive electorate. Joe Biden seems well placed to gain the trust of blacks, white people with no higher education, and independent women.

Any Democrat running for the White House must rally these three categories of voters, in particular in the three states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which had swung in favor of Donald Trump in 2016. The resignation of the senator from Vermont should also allow Barack Obama as well as Michelle Obama, very popular in the female electorate, to leave the reserve which they have hitherto imposed themselves.

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the campaign, forcing, since mid-March, the cancellation of the meetings, the postponement of about fifteen primaries and sending the candidates home. Joe Biden is to be officially nominated as a candidate by the Democratic Party at a Democratic convention, which has been postponed until August 17 due to the pandemic.

Confined to his home

Most of the time confined to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the candidate divides his days between television interviews, exchanges with voters live on social networks and expert briefings on the pandemic and its impact. on the economy. Donald Trump has also canceled all of his campaign events, but he occupies the media field with his daily press briefings at the White House.

The political impact of the pandemic remains unpredictable, but the President’s approval rate, for a moment on the rise, is between 41 and 46%, according to polls. And 55% of Americans now say the federal government has done a bad job of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday, April 8. Already, supporters of Donald Trump admit that the election could well turn into a referendum on his performance in the face of the crisis.

Sow discord in the opposing camp

Groups affiliated with Donald Trump and Joe Biden are already spending millions on television or digital ads to try to shape the debate around the coronavirus. On the Democratic side, the president is accused of having downplayed the seriousness of the threat for months, in defiance of the protection of the Americans. On the Republican side, campaign spots portray Joe Biden as a liberal who adopted the extremist proposals of Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed “socialist democrat,” on subjects such as gun control, environmental regulations and the ‘immigration.

Other political advertisements make the ex-vice president the instrument of the democratic establishment, ready to do anything to block the way to Bernie Sanders, the candidate of “workers”, victim of the elites. Donald Trump himself is already trying to sow discord on the other side. ” It’s official: Crazy Bernie is quitting the race. Democrats never wanted to have anything to do with Crazy Bernie – it was TRUE against him from the start “, tweeted the president.

America First Action, a “super PAC” (political party independent from the party and the candidate), plans to release a torrent of negative publicity and prosecution revelations against Joe Biden in the coming months. ” Our goal has been and will continue to be to put the sleeping Joe Biden to bed “Says spokeswoman Kelly Sadler. America First would have a thick file of so-called harmful information, “Stinking balls” collected by specialized firms, ready to be disseminated against the Democratic candidate.