Questions tagged [democratic-primary]

Questions related to the primary process for the Democratic Party. Use with the [united-states] tag. Do not use for general primary questions, use [primaries] instead.

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What is known about pressure on Klobuchar and Buttigieg to drop out and endorse Biden?

Before 2020 Super Tuesday, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden were seen as ‘splitting the center democratic’ vote. At the same time, Bernie Sanders had the largest consolidated block of left-...
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Is Imperial County, California the most pro Bernie Sanders county in America that is less than 50% white?

In the 2020 Democratic primary, I was looking at Texas's southern counties because I knew that they were the most heavily Latino in the country and Latinos are the demographic that is the most likely ...
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Why do states postpone their primary elections to after June 9th, 2020 even if it violates DNC rules?

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) mandates that states have to hold their primary elections before June 9th, 2020, according to Rule 12 of the Delegate Selection Rules. The Delegate Selection ...
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What would happen if Biden died before becoming the nominee? [duplicate]

Let me preface this by saying that I hope Joe Biden doesn't die for any reason. Currently, 538's 2020 Democratic Primary forecast has >99% odds that Biden wins more than half of pledge delegates. ...
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Is a US senator supposed to represent their constituency in presidential endorsement? [closed]

Is a US senator supposed to represent their constituency? If I am correct, Bernie won California and all its counties in 2020 primary. Senator Harris endorsed Biden, however. Is presidential ...
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Did Bernie Sanders receive low youth voter turnout during the Super Tuesday primaries?

So a series of news articles are being spread around that purportedly attributes some of Bernie Sanders' losses in states due to low voter turnout. A quick search on Google reports tens of articles ...
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What caused Mike Bloomberg to win American Samoa?

What were the factors that led Mike Bloomberg to win the Democratic caucus in American Samoa?
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How pledged are pledged delegates in the Democratic convention?

According to the 2020 Democratic Party rules, and in its upcoming Milwaukee convention - what is the extent of control candidates, or former candidates, have on their "pledged delegates"? Specifically,...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

In Oklahoma, for example, the results of the 2016 primary gave Sanders a 10% lead over Clinton, while in Minnesota, the gap was even larger at 23%. In his home state of Vermont, Sanders won by over 70%...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

This is a yes or no question. If the answer is yes, please explain why. If the answer is no, please explain how come. Note that I'm not asking whether it would be wise, immoral, stupid or "virtually ...
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Can a candidate transfer their delegates to another? [duplicate]

In 2020 US democratic primary election, can a candidate transfer their delegates to another, either when they drop out or when they reach the convention? Several tweets suggest that might happen ...
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Why did Bloomberg not run as a Republican?

Bloomberg ran as a Republican for mayor of New York City. His declared goal is to throw Trump out of office. If this is his primary goal wouldn't it have been better to try to run against him in the ...
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Is Hillary Clinton a super delegate in 2020?

Does Hillary Clinton get super-delegate status 2020? I know the list is generally viewed as "party insiders" but when is it named? Will she be the kind of insider that gets to vote after the pledged ...
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When are the results for Texas's early primaries published? [closed]

I live in Texas. I just voted in the primary. When are these results published? Do they get published daily? Do they get published before the primary at all? Do we wait until the primary results to ...
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What happens if no candidate reaches the viability threshold in a primary?

As I understand it, most state primaries have a viability threshold of a certain percentage of the popular vote - 15% in most states - below which the candidate receives no delegates. This would seem ...
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Why don't the Democrats use the national popular vote for their presidential primaries?

I've heard that abolishing the electoral college is so popular with Democratic politicians and Democratic voters. I know the electoral college is different from how the Democrats choose their ...
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How many superdelegates have endorsed voting for the plurality delegate winner to be the nominee?

On Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Nevada, candidates were asked if they think that whoever gets a plurality of the pledged delegates should ultimately become the Democratic nominee, ...
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How can Michael Bloomberg become the Democratic nominee for President when he has not appeared on any primary ballot so far?

I just saw an advertisement on TV: "Bloomberg for president!", but I am not seeing him in any of the primary results. How can he have any realistic chance of being the Democratic nominee if he's ...
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How does pledged PLEO delegates work?

I have tried to look up the rules of the Democratic primary process. It seems that states have two sets of statewide pledged delegates: pledged at-large delegates and pledged PLEO delegates. What is ...
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Will the current SDE difference between Buttigieg and Sanders translate into delegates?

I'm looking at NYT's Iowa caucus results table (paywall, but you can still see the table in the back), as of right now: Buttigieg 26.7% SDEs, 11 pledged delegates Sanders 25.4% SDEs, 11 pledged ...
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Does the “viability threshold” in a caucus apply only to the 1st preference?

Currently, only about 71% of the Iowa caucus results have been reported. Joe Biden's vote total is sitting at about 15.6%. If, after the remaining results are reported, his total drops below 15%, ...
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Is the Bernie blackout real?

In a recent interview (youtube from 2:30) with The Hill, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager Nina Turner claimed there is a Bernie Blackout. That is, that the media coverage of the Democratic ...
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Is there any polling on the Democratic primaries that includes Bloomberg?

Michael Bloomberg has announced yesterday that he officially joins the Democratic primaries race. This seems a bit late in the game, so to speak, but maybe he knows something we don't. So, is there ...
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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his “UBI experiment”?

In the US Democratic Party’s presidential primary debate a few days ago, candidate Andrew Yang announced his campaign will conduct a 1-year experiment with Universal Basic Income - by paying USD 1000 ...
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How does the DNC decide who they will let run?

How does the DNC decide who they will let run as a Democrat? What would happen if a candidate applied to run for president as a Democrat who strays very far from the platform? Would he be denied, and ...
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Why are there no polls of Tom Steyer yet?

Tom Steyer, a billionaire, announced he was campaigning for president on July 9 and pledged to spend 100 million dollars of his own fortune to make that happen. Enough for a significant advertisement ...
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What do the advocates of single payer claim are the advantages of eliminating private health insurance?

Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders have all trumpeted the original meaning of Medicare for All: a single-payer health care system. The Medicare for All Act of 2017, sponsored by ...
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What's the deadline for Democratic party primaries candidates for meeting the new debate criteria?

It seems the DNC has tightened the criteria for people to appear in the September debates. But - how long do the candidates have to meet the criteria? Do they need to meet it now already?
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

It seems the number of candidates for the 2020 US Democratic Party presidential nomination has now reached 21 "major" candidates, plus 200 (!!) additional filing candidates (though two of the "major" ...
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Why were there so few candidates for the 2016 Democratic Primary?

The common reason why the 2016 Democratic Primary had so few candidates seems to be because no one wanted to go up against Hillary. But I’m not totally sold on this. Polling I’ve seen shows she really ...
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Would slavery reparations be considered Bills of Attainder and hence Illegal in the US?

Recently, a few aspiring 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates (specifically Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren) have spoken out in favor of "reparations" to black people for American Slavery, which ...
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Has the DNC barred Sanders from contending in the 2020 Democratic primaries?

The DNC has recently approved some structural reforms, many which are suspect in several ways IMHO, but a particularly interesting one is the following (ignore the pen markings, just read the second ...
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US Primaries 2016 - Washington

In the results for the Democratic primaries I came across this for Washington state: Hillary Clinton votes: 380,760 perc: 52.95% delegates: 27 Bernie Sanders votes: 338,283 perc: 47.05% delegates:...
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Will there be a 10th US democratic primary debate? [closed]

There is an open slot on democrats.org for a 10th debate in May, but the location and date are still TBD. Is this debate likely to take place?
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Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June

Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June. I want to know if there is statistics that shows his popularity diagram in the past year to see if it is ...
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Why won't Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of her paid speeches?

Why isn't Hillary Clinton releasing the transcripts of her paid Goldman Sachs (Wall Street) speeches? If she wins the Democratic nomination, she risks facing these questions again in the general ...