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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A group of prominent upstate South Carolina Republicans is launching an effort to encourage Republicans across the state to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary.  

President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. Watch his remarks live and follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is delivering the Democratic response to President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address. Watch her remarks live and follow a live annotation of her remarks, with fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

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Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

America didn't always use primaries and caucuses to select its presidential nominees. Two experts on the process of choosing party standard-bearers explain its history and what to look for as voting starts in the 2020 election.

Voting in the Democratic presidential nominating contest is about to kick off Monday with the Iowa caucuses.

The stakes are high in Iowa — the last four Democratic nominees have all won the Hawkeye State. But after about a year of campaigning and $50 million spent here by the candidates, the outcome is unclear.

The pressure is on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who led in the polls coming in, has drawn the biggest crowds on the ground, and does incredibly well with younger voters.

More than anything, this election is about President Trump.

For most incumbent presidents running for reelection, approval ratings really matter. With Trump, there are several different striking ways to look at those numbers. He's historically unpopular — the most unpopular incumbent ever to stand for reelection.

After nearly a day-long delay, the Iowa Democratic Party started releasing results from the Monday night caucuses. The party blamed a "coding issue" with the app for its inability to release results after the caucuses, as campaigns and voters waited in anticipation.

Only 41 delegates are at stake, but Iowa is known for helping to make or break a presidential candidates' momentum. Now, the meltdown over results is prompting renewed criticism of the state's process and first-in-the-nation status.

Health care has been a leading issue in the presidential campaign over the past year, as Democratic candidates have clashed with each other, and especially with President Trump. But voters, who tell pollsters that health is among their top concerns, also complain that the health debate has been confusing and hard to follow.

With voting about to begin in many states, here's a guide to some key health care terms, issues and policy differences at play.

Universal coverage, "Medicare for All" and single-payer are not the same thing

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It's presidential primary season! South Carolina is the fourth state to select its preference for the Democratic presidential candidate – behind Iowa (Feb. 3), New Hampshire (Feb. 11) and Nevada (Feb. 22), and the election is fast approaching. Here's what you need to know.

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to blacks and other minorities, is trying to rearrange his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Tom Steyer has been spending a lot of time in North Carolina lately. The billionaire environmental activist and Democratic candidate running for president made campaign stops in Raleigh and Goldsboro last weekend. And this weekend, he has stops in Charlotte. And he joined All Things Considered on Friday. 

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opening an office in Charlotte for his 2020 presidential campaign.

Judge: South Carolina GOP Can Cancel Its 2020 Primary

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge on Wednesday upheld the South Carolina Republican Party’s decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET

California Sen. Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential race, citing a lack of funds. She informed her campaign staff of the decision on a conference call and later sent an email to supporters, in which she wrote "my campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue."

Updated at 12:22 ET

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making a late entry into the presidential race, a move that could upend the Democratic nominating contest this spring.

Bloomberg said in a statement Sunday that he is running to rebuild America and defeat President Trump, whom he says "represents an existential threat to our country and our values."

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden held a campaign rally in Durham's historically-black Hillside High School on Sunday. The former vice president is trying to build support in North Carolina ahead of the key Super Tuesday primary in March.

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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigned Saturday in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Kamala Harris
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is pulling out of a South Carolina criminal justice forum over organizers' handling of President Donald Trump's appearance.

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ROCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday for the first time that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection.

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After one of the most tumultuous weeks in American political history, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigned Saturday evening at Clinton College in Rock Hill.

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