Media Coverage of 2020 Presidential Candidates

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This month in review: the latest roundup from the presidential race.

Despite dropping in the polls, Biden maintains his top rank in media coverage this week primarily due to his role in the Trump impeachment inquiry. Bernie Sanders surpassed Warren this week due to the press covering his emergency heart medical care; however, “a survey released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California showed Warren the choice of 23% of likely primary voters”–ahead of both Sanders and Biden.

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According to a Hill article, “Joe Biden is at a crossroads in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, as President Trump fights an impeachment inquiry by unloading on the former vice president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) overtakes him in some polls… Biden’s role in the impeachment drama ensures the matter will stay in the headlines, playing into Trump’s strategy to keep Biden on the defensive and at the center of melee.” Despite the uptick in media coverage, Biden’s campaign is faltering. “Third quarter fundraising numbers also have set off alarms in Biden World after he placed fourth among White House hopefuls, bringing in just over $15 million, a $7 million decline from the second quarter. Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) posted totals in the $25 million range, while South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg brought in $19.2 million.”

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Bernie Sanders surpassed Warren this week due to the press covering his emergency heart medical care. However, “a survey released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California showed Warren the choice of 23% of likely primary voters, with former Vice President Joe Biden at 22% and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 21%. When the Democratic race was first taking shape in the spring, a Quinnipiac Poll had shown Warren in single digits in the Golden State, far behind Biden, Sanders and California Sen. Kamala Harris.”

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