Updated Oct 9, 2019

Elizabeth Warren says she'll turn down big-money fundraisers if nominated

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pledged in a CBS News interview on Tuesday evening that she will forgo big money events and fundraisers in the general election if she becomes the Democratic nominee.

Why it matters: Previously, the 2020 contender said the fundraising pledge only applied to the primary. Warren has risen in the polls and was a top fundraiser in the third quarter. She told CBS News: "I will not be forced to make changes in how I raise money,” and plans on sticking with her grassroots message to fight the "bazillionaires and corporate executives and lobbyists."

In a later statement explaining her decision, Warren's campaign said she will continue to raise money and attend events that are open to the press to raise money for Democratic candidates "up and down the ballot," but added:

"When Elizabeth is the Democratic nominee for president, she's not going to change a thing in how she runs her campaign. That means no PAC money. No federal lobbyist money. No special access or call time with rich donors or big dollar fundraisers to underwrite our campaign. Our campaign is and will continue to be a grassroots campaign — funded by working people chipping in a few bucks here and there."
"Elizabeth also recognizes that voluntary efforts are not enough to create the big, structural changes we need for our rigged political system. That's why she will be rolling out a more comprehensive campaign finance plan in the coming weeks to permanently break the stranglehold that the money-for-influence racket has on our politics."

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day — prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The Army moved 1,600 soldiers from out of state into D.C. area, the Defense Department confirmed in a statement Tuesday. Protesters were still out en masse after curfews began in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary

Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.

Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks has made him one of the most controversial politicians in the country and a pariah within the Republican Party.