2020 Presidential Election

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President Donald Trump is running for reelection in 2020, and several Democrats are vying for their party's nomination to face him. As of Feb. 26, 19 Democratic candidates had dropped out of the race and eight remained. They are: U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; former Vice President Joe Biden; former (New York and South Bend, Indiana) Mayors Mike Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg; and billionaire executive Tom Steyer.  

The general election is Nov. 3. South Carolina's presidential primary for Democrats is Feb. 29, and North Carolinas primaries are March 3. North Carolina is expected to be a presidential battleground state, and Charlotte is the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention. 

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National convention planning for Republicans and Democrats continued to evolve on Wednesday, as the parties try to adapt their nominating events, which are typically filled with throngs of people, to the realities of the ongoing pandemic.

Democrats, Biden Look To Accelerate Southern Political Shift

Jul 5, 2020
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ATLANTA — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation.

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The Republican National Committee moved most of its convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida, in part because President Trump did not want delegates wearing masks.

But the city of Jacksonville announced on Monday that it's now requiring face coverings in all indoor and public spaces when social distancing isn't possible.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

Momentum and timing matter in politics — and both helped former Vice President Joe Biden mount a comeback against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who went into Super Tuesday with front-runner status after significant wins in early states.

After poor showings in some opening contests, Biden's campaign was seen by many as left for dead. On Tuesday he emerged as the chief alternative to Sanders.

The Democratic presidential race at one point had almost two dozen candidates, but now it's essentially a contest between two men representing dueling ideological poles of the party.

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There were essentially two elections in North Carolina.

One was from early voting – before Biden’s surprisingly large win Saturday in South Carolina, and before former candidates Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke endorsed him. 

Get the latest on North Carolina's primary races for president, governor, Senate and House.

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Tuesday is the biggest primary day of the 2020 race, when 14 states are holding contests with 1,357 delegates at stake. Follow NPR's coverage for the latest news, analysis and results.

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President Trump last held a rally at Bojangles' Coliseum before the 2018 midterms.

 

And Monday’s rally was bigger in almost every way. More noise. More passion. And there was a crowd of hundreds who couldn’t get inside but watched the event on a big-screen TV in the parking lot.

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Just ahead of the single most important day of the Democratic primary, former Vice President Joe Biden picked up the endorsements of two former rivals.

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who ended his own White House bid Sunday night, appeared with Biden at a barbecue restaurant in Dallas Monday evening.

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Almost immediately after the South Carolina primary, North Carolina votes March 3 — one of 14 states that’s part of Super Tuesday. Political reporter Steve Harrison joins WFAE "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf to talk about what's ahead.

Super Tuesday is the biggest day of the Democratic primary campaign. Fourteen states will hold nominating contests to pick who they think should square off this fall against President Trump.

There are 1,357 delegates at stake, about a third of all delegates. So far, fewer than 4% of the delegates have been allocated.

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Pete Buttigieg, the 38-year-old who rose from mayor of a midsize Indiana city to a serious presidential contender, officially suspended his campaign on Sunday evening.

"The truth is that the path has narrowed to a close," Buttigieg told a crowd in his hometown of South Bend, Ind., after an introduction by his husband, Chasten. "We have a responsibility to consider the effect of remaining in this race any further."

Biden, Sanders Claim Momentum Heading Into Super Tuesday

Mar 1, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Biden said Sunday he can "unite this country, the whole country” after scoring a comeback victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary that could force moderate rivals out of the race and blunt the rise of progressive leader Bernie Sanders.

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There are 110 delegates at stake in the Super Tuesday contest in North Carolina.

Juanita Love voted for Elizabeth Warren Saturday in Rock Hill.
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The Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina, is a mile from Clinton College, a historically black school visited last year by Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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While Joe Biden celebrated his win in the South Carolina primary in Columbia, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was at the University Hilton in Charlotte Saturday night speaking at a fundraiser for the North Carolina Democratic Party.

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Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund investor and environmental activist who staked his campaign on a strong finish in South Carolina, suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday.

Steyer aggressively courted the black vote in the state, with a focus on racial and economic justice but had a disappointing finish. Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the state.

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Joe Biden has run for president three times, and yet until Saturday, he had failed to ever win a primary or caucus.

The 77-year-old former vice president has now notched an expected yet much-needed victory in the South Carolina primary, according to The Associated Press's projection.

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South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary is Saturday. Six candidates are on the ballot in the state, they include Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. 

Polls close in South Carolina at 7 p.m. Watch the results come in here. 

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The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis. 

The most recent Democratic debate started out with a question for Sen. Bernie Sanders, but it was a question any Democratic nominee would have to think about.

"We haven't had a national unemployment rate this low for this long in 50 years. Here in South Carolina, the unemployment rate is even lower," said CBS moderator Norah O'Donnell. "How will you convince voters that a Democratic socialist can do better than President Trump with the economy?"

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President Trump has faced scant opposition in the Republican primaries, but he is campaigning all the same. As Democrats hold their contested primaries, the president often turns up.

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As Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary debate came to a close, each of the candidates was asked to name the biggest misconception voters have about them.

A day later, the question was still on the mind of Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund investor who has barnstormed South Carolina, aggressively courting the black vote with a focus on racial justice and climate issues.

Even now, with two early state wins and one virtual tie under its belt, and a chance to pull away from the rest of the presidential primary field on Super Tuesday, the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a bit of a chip on its shoulder about the way it says it's covered by the media.

Asked during this week's debate in Charleston, S.C., if he would drop out if he doesn't win the primary there, former Vice President Joe Biden was blunt.

"I will win South Carolina," Biden said.

Asked again after the debate if he could carry on if he doesn't win South Carolina, Biden was equally declarative.

Muslim American advocates and civil rights organizations are condemning comments presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made defending the practice of surveilling Muslims in New York City when he was mayor.

It's the latest blowback Bloomberg's campaign for president has generated as his long history in the public eye dredges up former positions and remarks.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced her endorsement of Michael Bloomberg as the Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 about two weeks ago -- and immediately began facing some backlash. One of the surprising voices to come out against the support was Lyles' own daughter, Aisha Alexander.

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