Nov 30, 2019

Biden's endorsements crush 2020 field

Illustration: Axios Visuals/Sarah Grillo

Former Vice President Joe Biden brought home more endorsements in November than at any other point since launching his 2020 campaign, FiveThirtyEight reports.

The state of play: Biden's "endorsement points" — calculated by the political influence of those endorsers — are far outpacing his competitors. Sen. Kamala Harris stands in second place, followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders.

Why it matters: FiveThirtyEight tracks endorsements because party elites use them to influence voters and each other, in the hopes of moving other powerful party members to support their chosen candidate.

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Bernie Sanders surges in California primary poll

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has surged in a new California poll at the expense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies survey published by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

The big picture: Warren's lead in September in the same poll dropped by 7 points to 22%, meaning she is statistically tied with — but nominally behind — Sanders, who sits at 24%. Biden also dipped by 6 points to 14%, with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 12%.

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Biden on Buttigieg health care policy: He stole it

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Why it matters: Buttigieg has soared in recent polls. He tops Iowa's November poll by nine points, while Biden places third, behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who the former vice president claimed doesn't have broad enthusiasm in the Democratic Party, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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