Month: February 2020

The Ticket: South Carolina, with Jennifer Palmieri

South Carolina has long been a turning point for Democratic candidates.

In 2016, Bernie Sanders put up an unexpectedly strong challenge to Hillary Clinton, but his blowout loss in the Palmetto State was the beginning of the end. In 2008, when the post-Iowa polls shifted towards Barack Obama, South Carolina was a clincher for his candidacy. Iowa and New Hampshire may get most the attention, but it’s the state voting tomorrow that’s often key to winning the nomination.

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Donald Trump, Bernie Bro

Not so long ago, Donald Trump seemed obsessed with just one of the Democrats vying to replace him: Joe Biden. Over the past year, as the former vice president became the front-runner, Trump’s campaign spent about $270,000 on Facebook ads targeting Biden—more than it spent against other top candidates. Then Biden began to collapse and Bernie Sanders started to rise. Trump’s social-media ads demonizing “Sleepy Joe” tailed off.

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