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Why did Bloomberg not run as a Republican?

So wouldn't it be smarter for Bloomberg to run as a Republican? No, for the simple reason that Donald Trump is incredibly popular with both the Republican Party and its voters. As of September 2019, ...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes and no. Every state & territory has different rules & procedures governing who can appear on a ballot and how they qualify to be there. Some, if not ...
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What caused Mike Bloomberg to win American Samoa?

Most likely it boils down to something he did that likely no other candidate did: pay attention to them The Bloomberg campaign said Monday it has seven full-time staff located in American Samoa. ...
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Which Democratic Presidential candidates favored making illegal entry only a civil violation?

Here are the Democratic Presidential Candidates that definitely support repealing section 1325: Bernie Sanders: His website says “As president, Bernie will [r]epeal 8 U.S. Code Section 1325, putting ...
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Is Hillary Clinton a super delegate in 2020?

No, she is not. In order to qualify as a superdelegate, you must be (in addition to being a Democrat) at least one of: A member of either house of the US Congress (including non-voting delegates) [...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

The simple answer is there was more competition. In 2016, it was mostly Sanders vs Clinton for the Democratic Primary. She had several potential scandals brewing (her private email server, questions ...
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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?

FiveThirtyEight currently gives him a 3% chance of winning a majority of delegates (about as likely as Elizabeth Warren), and an 8% chance of winning a plurality (about as likely as Pete Buttigieg) so ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

The number of Declared Republican Candidates in 2016 was 17 according to Ballotpedia. Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Ben Carson Chris Christie Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina Jim Gilmore Lindsey ...
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Why did Bloomberg not run as a Republican?

F1Krazy's answer is very good and deserves its upvotes, but it does seem to miss the crux of your confusion. Your reasoning is Bloomberg's declared goal is to prevent Trump's reëlection. He ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

It likely has something to do with who he was running against in 2016. It's hard to make a "head-to-head" comparison when the opposition was different.
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If superdelegates were abolished before the 2020 election, how did Biden win more votes in CA and NV?

I think you are maybe misunderstanding the extent to which the rules on superdelegates changed. The rule change which was voted through in August 2018 did not stop superdelegates from voting for who ...
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Why are there no polls of Tom Steyer yet?

If you look at the date ranges on those "most recent polls" (at the time this question was asked) you will find that they almost all started before July 9th. The Hill/Harris X poll started July 12th. ...
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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his "UBI experiment"?

For what it's worth, Yang's [team] said “It’s something that has not been done before, so we relied heavily on our legal team, and we feel confident moving forward after talking to them about it,” ...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

In addition to the "sore loser" laws mentioned in the other answer, candidate filing deadlines rarely allow a candidate to do this. For example, the deadline for filing to run as an independent in ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

There are more candidates at this point in the race, so votes are going to be more split. Expecting % differences to remain constant doesn't make much sense when at least 4 candidates got non-...
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Why were there so few candidates for the 2016 Democratic Primary?

Prior to actually running, Hillary went around to all the potential candidates and asked them not to run. She arranged with the party funders and other influencers to get their support and ...
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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?

Only two states have had voted (/whatever you want to call what happened in Iowa) so far. Bloomberg was not on those ballots because he did not file. According to wiki he announced on November 24, ...
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If superdelegates were abolished before the 2020 election, how did Biden win more votes in CA and NV?

At the 2020 Democratic National Convention superdelegates cannot vote in the first round of voting if no candidate has a delegate-majority by using only pledged delegates. Joe Biden has such a ...
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Why won't Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of her paid speeches?

I doubt that she knows of anything in particular that is problematic. The issue is that it is likely that if she released the transcripts, she would have said something, sometime that Republicans ...
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How does the DNC decide who they will let run?

The rules for being on the primary ballot vary from state to state. In South Carolina, the party reserves the right to deny ballot access to a candidate who has been a member of another party or may ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

Context for Minnesota's results Minnesota switched from a caucus in 2016 to a primary in 2020. Turnout increased from 200,000 votes to more than 700,000, so we can't say that Sanders lost his base of ...
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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his "UBI experiment"?

No probably not illegal. Andrew Yang is actually an independently wealthy guy. He can probably just finance it himself, without ever using his campaign funds. The idea is so next level that I don't ...
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When are the results for Texas's early primaries published?

No primary results will be released before polls close on Super Tuesday. Under Chapter 65.015(a) of the Texas Election Code (emphasis mine): Subject to Subsection (b), after the polls close and ...
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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his "UBI experiment"?

So long as it is not financed by campaign donations and is not tied to any specific voting requirement, it doesn't seem to violate any laws. Vote Buying: Buying votes is illegal. However, the ...
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Why are there no polls of Tom Steyer yet?

Real Clear Politics is only listing thirteen of the twenty odd major candidates in their interface. Presumably this is because they lack the horizontal room on the page to show more. This leaves off ...
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Did Reddit provide the initial critical mass for Bernie Sanders's grassroots movement for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination?

Sanders announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for president on April 30, 2015, in an address on the Capitol lawn. You'd be surprised what will draw mass media attention. ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

President Trump is, by comparison with other presidents, unpopular. He has approval ratings of around 40%, and not much variation. This means that he is seen as "beatable" and so this is a real chance ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

Because there is no dominant candidate. That encourages a lot of people to try to get in on the race, and get some national exposure. For example, in 2016, Hillary Clinton had the full support of the ...
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