Media Coverage of 2020 Presidential Candidates

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

Again, Biden maintains his top rank in media coverage this week primarily due to his role in the Trump impeachment inquiry. According to a new poll of voters in Iowa, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is now in third place in the Democratic primary race, following Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. His media coverage reflects this growth in support: from stealing many of Biden’s big donors to addressing concerns over policing and criminal justice reform.

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Pete Buttigieg has been a consistently high-performing candidate this election season. Recently, Buttigieg has notably been stealing many of Biden’s big donors: “Bradley Tusk, who served as a re-election campaign manager for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, hosted a fundraiser Monday for Buttigieg, and he told the Times the crowd was filled with "a lot of those people you would have thought would be Biden people. And they weren't." Tusk said the "feeling in the room was that Biden has already lost” (The Week). This is reflective of the view that Buttigieg is looking to snag the moderate democrat ticket from Biden. Buttigieg also received significant coverage this week and traction from the left after releasing criminal justice reform plans. “For months, Buttigieg has been criticized for his handling of a June police shooting in South Bend, with the city’s black residents arguing that their mayor largely left the city’s police department to its own devices and failed to acknowledge the importance of police reform until it affected his campaign.

Buttigieg’s struggle to address those concerns is also likely connected to his continued difficulty in building support with black voters. Buttigieg has sought to address this group’s concerns in other platforms as well. For example, his Douglass Plan for Black America, released in June, offered a number of proposals aimed at providing racial justice and reducing inequality and also called for reforming policing. The release of his current plan — which builds off his Douglass Plan, a campaign spokesperson told Vox — comes on the same day that he will speak at a criminal justice candidate forum held at South Carolina’s Benedict College, a historically black college and university.” (Vox).

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