The Hill's Campaign Report: Centrists rush behind Biden to stop Sanders

The Hill's Campaign Report: Centrists rush behind Biden to stop Sanders
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Welcome to The Hill's Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe.

We're Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here's what we're watching today on the campaign trail. 

 

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LEADING THE DAY:

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate Biden mocks Trump campaign debate claims: 'I've got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready' MORE (I-Vt.) is poised to emerge from Super Tuesday with a lead in delegates, and the centrists who want to stop him have come to a stark realization: It's time to band together or watch him run away with the nomination.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE's massive victory in South Carolina was a tipping point for the moderate Democrats who are worried that Sanders will lose to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE in the general election.

Biden's victory on Saturday unlocked a flood of new donations and endorsements for his campaign.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.) ended her presidential campaign on Monday and is en route to Dallas to back Biden's bid. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November MORE, who dropped out on Sunday night, will also endorse Biden for president.

Among the current lawmakers who have announced their support for Biden over the past 24 hours: Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.), Reps. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Races heat up for House leadership posts Ahead of a coronavirus vaccine, Mexico's drug pricing to have far-reaching impacts on Americans MORE (D-Texas), Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottPelosi urges early voting to counter GOP's high court gambit: 'There has to be a price to pay' Congress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out House passes bill to allow private lawsuits against public schools for discriminatory practices MORE (D-Va.), Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonHouse advances bill aimed at imports tied to Uyghur forced labor This week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's rally risk | Biden ramps up legal team | Biden hits Trump over climate policy MORE (D-Va.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Five things to watch at the Democratic National Convention Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' MORE (D-Fla.) and Greg StantonGregory (Greg) John StantonUS Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats Arizona lawmaker warns Pence state may end coronavirus testing due to shortage Sanders poised for big Super Tuesday MORE (D-Ariz.). Party leaders coming out in support of Biden include former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, as well as former Sens. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Supreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink MORE (D-Nev.) and Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance Bottom line Polls show big bounce to Biden ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Calif.).

Biden, who has struggled to raise money, took in an astonishing $10 million over the course of 24 hours following his South Carolina victory.

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The big question: Will the relatively late movement behind Biden be enough to blunt Sanders's momentum heading into Super Tuesday?

Fourteen states will cast ballots tomorrow, including California, where Sanders is expected to win big, and Texas, where he's led comfortably. Texas and California are the two biggest delegate prizes on the map.

Sanders is also expected to win Utah, Colorado, Maine and Vermont. He's the favorite to win in Minnesota, now that Klobuchar is out, and he's pushing to win in Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments MORE's home state of Massachusetts.

The polls in Virginia and North Carolina are close and could tip toward either Biden or Sanders.

Biden needs to win in the south, where voters in Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama are headed to the polls.

The wild card on Tuesday is former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFeehery: Are you better off now than you were 47 years ago? Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars and will be on the ballot for the first time. 

Bloomberg is clearly cutting into Biden's support in the polls in Texas. But there are real questions about whether Bloomberg's national ad campaign will translate into real votes when it matters most.

We'll find out about that and a lot more when polls close tomorrow.

-- Jonathan Easley

 

READ MORE: 

The Hill's Max Greenwood: Klobuchar to drop out, endorse Biden.

The Hill's Julia Manchester and Amie Parnes: Buttigieg to endorse Biden.

The Hill's Jonathan Easley: Top liberal group endorses Sanders.

 

FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES: 

Biden is ramping up his attacks on Sanders, warning that the progressive independent will cost Democrats seats in the House and Senate.

"There's an awful lot of people who are running for office who don't want to run with Bernie at the top of the ticket as a self-proclaimed socialist. Imagine here in Texas or in North Carolina or in Georgia, the idea, if I said to you, 'This is an open test. You're running for office. Do you want a very popular, self-proclaimed socialist or a popular mainstream Democrat running at the top of the ticket?' My guess is in most states, they'd say no." - Biden in an interview with CBS News.

 

Massachusetts Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDemocrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death Massachusetts town clerk resigns after delays to primary vote count Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration MORE (D) holds a six-point lead over longtime incumbent Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Manchin opposes adding justices to the court MORE (D) in the Bay State's Democratic Senate primary, according to a Suffolk University/WBZ/Boston Globe survey released on Sunday.

 

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The House Democrats' campaign arm is targeting seven House Republicans in ads over the Trump administration's response to coronavirus and the affordability of a potential vaccine, The Hill's Rebecca Klar reports.

 

PERSPECTIVES:

Antjuan Seawright: February gladness brings March madness

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats should beware a brokered convention

The Nation: Bernie Sanders for president

Isaac Chotiner: How socialist is Bernie Sanders?

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Perry Bacon, Jr.: Why Buttigieg dropped out

 

POLL WATCH:

MORNING CONSULT

Sanders: 29 percent 

Biden: 26 percent

Bloomberg: 17 percent

Warren: 11 percent

 

NORTH CAROLINA (High Point):

Sanders: 31 percent

Bloomberg: 18 percent

Biden: 14 percent

Warren: 11 percent

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Super Tuesday is tomorrow.


March 10:

-Idaho primaries

-Michigan primaries

-Mississippi primaries

-Missouri primaries

-North Dakota Democratic caucuses

-Washington State primaries

 

March 15:

-Eleventh Democratic presidential primary debate

 

March 17:

-Arizona Democratic primary

-Florida primaries

-Illinois primaries

-Ohio primaries

 

March 24:

-Georgia primaries

 

March 29:

Puerto Rico Democratic primary

 

ONE FUN THING:

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and other Virginia politicians were late to a press conference for former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday after the elevator they were riding in got stuck. 

About 30 minutes after the 8 a.m. press conference was expected to begin, McAuliffe tweeted out an update to explain his absence. 

"Hey @JoeBiden ! If you are wondering about why we are not at our 8am press conference for you - we are stuck in an elevator in downtown RICHMOND. 30 minutes and counting!" McAuliffe tweeted along with a group photo that included Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.

 

 

Minutes after the tweet, the Richmond Fire Department came to the rescue.