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Campaigns look to Super Tuesday after Nevada and South Carolina

Posted 2/13/20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada votes next and then South Carolina. But Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination are already looking ahead to Super Tuesday, the slate of contests when …

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Campaigns look to Super Tuesday after Nevada and South Carolina

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada votes next and then South Carolina. But Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination are already looking ahead to Super Tuesday, the slate of contests when more than a dozen states go to the polls.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is holding a town hall on Thursday night in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, a day before Sen. Bernie Sanders makes two North Carolina stops, then hits Texas. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will campaign in California between fundraisers in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

All four states vote March 3, along with others from Alabama to Colorado, Maine to Utah, as well as Warren’s home state of Massachusetts and Sanders’ native Vermont. More than 1,300 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are at stake, about a third of the total.

For Sanders and Buttigieg, who have emerged in strong positions after contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, the travel gives them an opportunity to show their national appeal. For struggling candidates like Warren, it’s a signal that they are still in the fight.

And for everyone, it’s a chance to prove they won’t cede this swath of delegate-rich states to Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who has spent months building his campaign around Super Tuesday. He campaigned in Tennessee on Wednesday and will be in Texas and North Carolina on Thursday.

Candidates are not bypassing Nevada or South Carolina. Every leading contender will be in Nevada this weekend as early voting begins. Democrats will caucus there on Feb. 22.

But some are shifting their resources as they begin a balancing act paying attention to remaining early states while stockpiling enough money to work contests unfolding next month. Warren will be in South Carolina on Friday but is pulling television advertising from the state after this weekend. Some of that money will instead go to the Super Tuesday state of Maine.

Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign, skipped the first four states to deploy his campaign after that, spending heavily on television ads while already hiring more than 2,100 staffers in 40 states and U.S. territories, including all voting on Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg has already spent more than $200 million to build a campaign infrastructure.

Warren has deep campaign infrastructure in around 30 states but little momentum. Former Vice President Joe Biden left New Hampshire for South Carolina before the polls even closed on Tuesday and is counting on that to carry him in other southern Super Tuesday states.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar placed a strong third in New Hampshire but hasn’t yet built a national campaign, while Buttigieg performed well but faces questions about his appeal beyond the early majority states.

Warren and Sanders have been sharply critical of Bloomberg, accusing him of trying to buy the election. In a memo coming out of New Hampshire, Warren’s team sought to reassure supporters that it will find its political footing on Super Tuesday, arguing the senator should win the minimum support required to claim delegates -- at least 15% -- in 108 of the 150 districts voting, or two-thirds of the Super Tuesday map.

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