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2020 Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders emerges as early front-runner to take on Trump

2020 Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders emerges as early front-runner to take on TrumpBernie Sanders has emerged as an early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination as candidates battle for support in a crowded field.The Vermont senator, who launched a surprisingly strong challenge against Hillary Clinton in 2016, is hoping to build on the momentum from his last presidential campaign.Mr Sanders has surpassed his rivals in early fundraising, earning $ 18.2m (£14m) in the first six weeks of the 2020 campaign, and has developed a sophisticated campaign team since his first run.Following his 2016 campaign, he created the political group Our Revolution, which has collected information on voters and organised events in early voting states.The organisation has helped establish Mr Sanders as a figurehead for progressive Democrats, helping to elect candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib in the 2018 midterms.Mr Sanders won more than 20 primary contests against Ms Clinton in 2016 as a clear outsider and supporters argue popular demand for the senator's brand of self-described democratic socialism has not decreased."Donald Trump campaigned on economic terms as faux Bernie Sanders. It was taking his language and selling it to the American people," said Faiz Shakir, Mr Sanders' campaign manager."And now how do you defeat faux Bernie Sanders? You defeat him with real Bernie Sanders."However, some Democrats worry weaknesses in Mr Sanders’ 2016 campaign remain, such as criticism that his team was too heavily white and male and concerns that his left-wing policy platform could turn away swing voters.Despite enthusiasm for Mr Sanders' campaign, critics also say he performed poorly with black voters who overwhelmingly backed Ms Clinton in 2016.Notably, Mr Sanders lost the South Carolina primary by more than 45 points."I understand that a lot of people took a lot of things out of the South Carolina results," Mr Shakir said."We are going to continue to court and address these issues directly, but we are operating with a great deal of confidence that this is going to be a particular demographic that supports Bernie Sanders at the end of the day."Sanders advisers have argued he has addressed the weakness by working to build relationships with black leaders in South Carolina and other Southern states, while making racial inequality and criminal justice more prominent issues in his campaigning.Campaign officials also argue that his 2020 team will be more diverse with current campaign staff reportedly being majority female and 40 per cent people of colour.“We were criticised for being too white; that was a correct criticism,” Mr Sanders said on the Breakfast Club radio show in March.“We were criticised for being too male; that was a correct criticism. That’s going to change.”In early polling, Mr Sanders has shown his popularity from 2016 has not disappeared, as polling averages put him up to 10 percentage points above other declared Democrats.However, he is still behind former vice-president Joe Biden, who has indicated that he is planning to run but has not formerly announced a campaign.Critics also argue Mr Sanders' position in polling is partly due to name recognition at this point, with himself and Mr Biden being the two most well-known candidates.In a large field of candidates, other Democrats such as senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker could challenge once they receive more national coverage.Other outsider candidates, such as Beto O’Rourke and Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, could also pose a threat, much like Mr Sanders did to Ms Clinton in 2016.While Mr Sanders has become a household name in US politics, he is not universally liked by Democrats, with some blaming him for Ms Clinton's election defeat to Mr Trump.Some also note that progressive candidates he endorsed in the 2018 midterms, such as Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, were defeated.Voting in the Democratic presidential primary is not set to begin until February 2020.



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Bernie Sanders supports letting jailed felons vote in elections

Bernie Sanders supports letting jailed felons vote in electionsThe Vermont senator says prisoners “have a right to vote.”



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2020 Democrats Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren, Gabbard to join forum on women of color

2020 Democrats Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren, Gabbard to join forum on women of colorIn a nod to the clout of women of color, Democratic presidential hopefuls will outline plans to address issues important to the women at a national forum.



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A 2016 hangover: Some Bernie Sanders supporters still upset

A 2016 hangover: Some Bernie Sanders supporters still upsetIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was hard to miss Cheri Pichone's excitement about Bernie Sanders' second presidential run. She showed up to a recent Iowa rally decked out in Sanders gear, complete with a figurine of the Vermont senator and progressive icon.



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Bernie Sanders says 'there should be a study' on slavery reparations

Bernie Sanders says 'there should be a study' on slavery reparationsVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders slightly modified his position on reparations when he joined a slew of other Democratic presidential candidates on Friday, saying he now supports studying the possibility of payments.



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Bernie Sanders campaign touts its diversity and fights 'the narrative of 2016'

Bernie Sanders campaign touts its diversity and fights 'the narrative of 2016'The leadership of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign held a press call with reporters on Tuesday where they touted figures showing the diversity of their staff and supporters. On his way to losing the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders was dogged by the impression he was not popular with minorities and that many of his supporters were male “Bernie bros” who were hostile towards women. “The senator is really popular and supported by a diverse coalition despite the narrative that is put out there from time to time,” Turner said on the call.



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Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris in latest Quinnipiac poll

Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris in latest Quinnipiac pollJoe Biden held a lead over Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris in latest Quinnipiac poll. Survey found 23 percent of voters viewed AOC unfavorably.



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2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunnersA new poll has revealed early gains for Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke in the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — but they’re still far from being the frontrunners at this stage in the game. Joe Biden, the former vice president who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, has been leading the pack in a slate of polls putting him ahead of his lesser known potential opponents. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now tied with Mr Biden at 26 per cent of total support from Democratic voters, however, according to a new Emerson poll released on Wednesday.



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Bernie Sanders hires Beto O'Rourke critic as top aide in 2020 race

Bernie Sanders hires Beto O'Rourke critic as top aide in 2020 raceSanders’ campaign said it is bringing in David Sirota, whose work has appeared in The Guardian and Newsweek, among other outlets, as a senior adviser and speechwriter. The move could stoke tensions within the Democratic field since Sirota has previously targeted O’Rourke, the former U.S. congressman from Texas who entered the presidential race last week, and other rivals. Sirota on Twitter and in published articles has accused O’Rourke of siding with President Donald Trump and Republicans while a member of the House of Representatives, as well as being overly friendly with the oil and gas industry.



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Biden and Sanders Lead Iowa Poll of 2020 Democratic Field

Biden and Sanders Lead Iowa Poll of 2020 Democratic FieldBiden, who is still trying to decide whether he wants to run for a third time, has the support of 27 percent of likely participants in the Iowa caucuses. The early polling, sponsored by the Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, is as much about name recognition as anything.



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