Biden falls in poll to tie with Sanders and Warren

According to a new poll released on Monday, Joe Biden has fallen from his spot as the front-runner in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination; he is now tied with candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

There are 993 news articles covering this topic. 38% (378) are left leaning, 48% (472) center, 14% (143) right leaning.

From the left: Biden falls in new Democratic primary poll, as Warren and Sanders make gains, Washington Post

From the center: Poll: Biden, Sanders, Warren in virtual tie, USA Today

From the right: Biden plunges, tied with Warren and Sanders in new national poll, Fox News

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Election 2020: The Field Narrows

This week, the 2020 Democratic primary field narrowed significantly as Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts both withdrew their candidacy for the Democratic nomination. Inslee’s campaign was based predominantly on fighting climate change. In fact, his campaign released a new climate policy only six hours before he dropped out of the race. Fellow candidate Kamala Harris said that Inslee’s voice would be missed in the Democratic field.

Moulton’s candidacy was founded primarily on national security. After failing to meet the requirements to be included in the first two Demoratic primary debates and lacking significant media coverage, he decided to exit the race. Moulton did not even reach 1 percent in his polling. In an interview with the New York Times, Moulton said “I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it’s a debate about how far left the party should go.”

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Jay Inslee Drops Out of Democratic Race

On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Inslee had positioned himself as the climate change candidate, centering his entire campaign around how he planned to address the issue as president.

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From the left: What Jay Inslee’s departure says about climate change and the Democratic primary, Washington Post

From the center: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Withdraws From Presidential Race, NPR

From the right: Jay Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race, Fox News

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Biden Expands Lead in 2020 Democratic Field

According to a new CNN poll, former vice president Joe Biden has put even more space between him and his nearest competitors. Biden now has the support of 29% of Democrat and Democratic-leaning voters, giving him a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders (15%) and Elizabeth Warren (14%).

There are 1778 news articles covering this topic. 28% (496) are left leaning, 44% (784) center, 28% (498) right leaning.

From the left: CNN Poll: Joe Biden regains double-digit lead over 2020 Democratic field, CNN

From the center: Biden expands lead over 2020 Democrats: poll, The Hill

From the right: Tucker Carlson: Biden's friendship with Obama is not real Fox News

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Meet the Star Candidate of the Week: Pete Buttigieg

Get to know the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana who rose to fourth place in media coverage and placed second at the Iowa State Fair Kernel Poll receiving 17% of the votes.

When he first entered the race for President, Pete Buttigieg made a splash as the first openly gay presidential candidate, the youngest candidate in the race, and the candidate with the most unpronounceable last name (it’s  boot-edge-edge).

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Media coverage of 2020 Presidential candidates

Biden maintained this top ranking of media coverage this week, but Pete Buttigieg notably spiked in the rankings from 7th to 4th–just after Elizabeth Warren–and Amy Klobuchar plummeted from 5th to 9th (last).

Reflecting the spike in media coverage, Buttigieg swept 17% of the kernel votes–second only to Biden with 28%.

In contrast, Amy Klobuchar polled at 3% in the Iowa State Fair Kernel Poll–neither notably high nor low.

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John Hickenlooper Drops Out of Presidential Race

On Thursday, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper announced that he is ending his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He tweeted “While this campaign didn’t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I’m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team.”

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From the left: John Hickenlooper to End Struggling Presidential Campaign, New York Times

From the center: Hickenlooper Quits 2020 Democratic Race, Is Open to Senate Run, Bloomberg

From the right: John Hickenlooper ends his presidential bid, but opens door for Senate run, NY Post

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Democratic Candidates Take the Iowa State Fair

This week the annual Iowa State Fair took place in Des Moines, and it presented an opportunity for the Democratic candidates seeking the 2020 presidential nomination to meet, greet, and eat with the voters of the nation’s first caucus state.

There are 866 news articles covering this topic. 63% (543) are left leaning, 32% (275) center, 6% (48) right leaning.

From the left: These candidates are not polling well. But at the Iowa State Fair, they're stars., Washington Post

From the center: Democratic official sees Steyer with early on-the-ground 'advantage' in Iowa, The Hill

From the right: "Sick" Media Ignoring Trump's Victory In Iowa State Fair Corn Kernel Poll, Real Clear Politics

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Media coverage of 2020 Presidential candidates

Biden maintained this top ranking of media coverage this week, but Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke notably spiked in the rankings.

Last week, Warren notably surpassed Sanders to the second ranking on July 29th. This might be due to her announcement to 'negotiate trade deals more openly’ – noting that she would limit her deals to nations that have signed the Paris climate accord and meet “sweeping environmental, human rights and labor standards.”

This week, Beto rose from 9th to 4th place in media coverage. This might be attributed to the location of last week’s mass shooting and Beto’s hometown – El Paso, Texas. Much of the media turned to report on Beto’s response to the attack.

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Spotlight 2020: Updates from the Democratic Campaign front

The horror of last weekend’s shootings permeated the speeches of democratic candidates on their trails. Candidates condemned the actions of the perpetrators of last week’s shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio–demanding gun control legislation–but a right-leaning article criticizes the presidential hopefuls for using recent mass shootings to boost their poll numbers.

The week started with Former Vice President Joe Biden maintaining a substantial lead in the polls. Biden and the rest of the top tier of candidates appeared to be expanding their lead over a packed field: Senator Elizabeth Warren continuing her upward trend to 21%, followed by Bernie Sanders with 14%. Kamala Harris dropped 5 points to 7%, followed by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 5%. No other candidate had registered above 2% in most national polling.

On Thursday, Andrew Yang became the latest to qualify for the September democratic debate stage. He will be joined by Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

This week ended with Biden, who has come under fire for his “gaffes” in Iowa. In his speech, Biden said, “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids...” before correcting himself by adding: “...wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”

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Andrew Yang Becomes Ninth Candidate to Qualify for September Debates

According to a Monmouth poll released on Thursday, Andrew Yang is now the ninth candidate to qualify for the next round of Democratic primary debates, which will take place in September in Houston.

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From the left: Andrew Yang Becomes 9th Candidate to Qualify for the Next Democratic Debates, New York Times

From the center: 9 Candidates Now Qualify For The September Democratic Primary Debate, WBUR

From the right: Andrew Yang Will Have Spot On September Debate Stage, Daily Caller

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2020 Democratic Poll Updates

In the first set of new polling after the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the top tier of candidates appear to be expanding their lead over a packed field. 

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From the left: Biden, Sanders, and Warren top post-debate survey of N.H. Democrats, Boston Globe

From the center: Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats while Warren surges, The Hill

From the right: Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings, Town Hall

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Spotlight 2020: The Second Democratic Debates

This week saw the most successful of the Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination face off in two debates in Detroit. The twenty candidates who took the stage do not even represent the full slate running for the nomination: four candidates did not meet the minimum requirements to be included on the debate stage, and two have already dropped out.

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Day Two of the Second Democratic Debates

On Wednesday, the nation tuned in for a second night of the second round of the 2020 Democratic debates in Detroit.

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From the left: Power Up: Joe Biden fends off a night of attacks on nearly every issue at Democratic debate, Washington Post

From the center: Second night of CNN Democratic debate draws 10.7M viewers, The Hill

From the right: Trump touts stock market, unemployment in response to Democratic debate, Fox News

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Day One of the Second Democratic Debates

On Tuesday, ten of the Democratic candidates who will be seeking the presidential nomination went head-to-head in a CNN-moderated debate.

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From the left: The realists attacked the revolutionaries, and the revolutionaries won, in the Democratic debate, Washington Post

From the center: Sanders And Warren Stand Together: Takeaways From Tuesday's Democratic Debate, NPR

From the right: CNN's Democratic debate mocked by some liberal stars, while others pick their winners, Fox News

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Spotlight 2020: Democratic Candidates Update

With the second round of Democratic primary debates approaching at the beginning of next week, competition between the candidates continues to intensify. Here’s what the top ten Democratic candidates have been up to in advance of the debate.

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Biden, Booker spar over criminal justice policy

Ahead of next week's Democratic debate, Joe Biden and Cory Booker (NJ) clashed over criminal justice policy. Booker had attacked Biden’s criminal justice record, and Biden’s camp responded with some critiques of their own, further dividing an already schismatic Democratic field. 

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From the left: Pre-debate sparring between Booker and Biden camps spills into another day, Washington Post

From the center: Biden campaign rebukes Booker criticism over criminal justice plan, The Hill

From the right: Biden attacks Booker, says he won't be as 'polite' to Kamala Harris ahead of next Democrat debate, Fox News

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