Jan 3, 2020

Delegate expert Jeff Berman joins Steyer campaign

Steyer speaks to reporters after the December Democratic debate. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Billionaire Tom Steyer's presidential campaign has hired Democratic delegate guru Jeff Berman, a move that signals Steyer intends to stay in the race for months despite his standing at around 2% in national polls.

Why it matters: Berman, whose detailed understanding of the delegate process was key to Barack Obama's nomination in 2008, could be especially valuable if there's no clear frontrunner after the first several 2020 caucus and primary contests — or in a brokered convention scenario.

Details: Berman joins the Steyer campaign as a senior strategic adviser, the campaign said today.

  • He previously advised Beto O'Rourke's campaign. O'Rourke dropped out of the race in November.
  • Berman was a delegate strategist for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and previously served as the Obama campaign's delegate director.
  • Berman has worked with the Democratic National Committee on reforms to the nominating process.
  • Steyer is best know for his initiatives to address climate change and to impeach President Trump.

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Gabbard and Steyer respond to Hillary Clinton's attack on Sanders

Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer. Photos: Alex Wong/Getty Images; Agustin Paullier/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidates Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer came to Sen. Bernie Sanders' defense on Twitter Tuesday in response to Hillary Clinton's comments suggesting "nobody likes" the Vermont senator.

What they're saying: Clinton said "nobody wants to work with him," per the Hollywood Reporter. Gabbard and Tulsi both responded that they "like" Sanders. "At the risk of getting in the middle of it," Steyer tweeted, "I like @BernieSanders. Now let's move on America."

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Tom Steyer qualifies for January debate

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Six candidates have qualified for the seventh Democratic debate, scheduled for Jan. 14, newly including billionaire Tom Steyer as of Thursday.

What's new: Steyer qualified for the debate after an apparent spike in early state polls in South Carolina and Nevada. He tied alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren for third place in Nevada, with both candidates hitting 12%. In South Carolina, Steyer landed in second place at 15%, but widely trailed behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who led the poll at 36%.

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Health care and abortion are the top issues being searched in Iowa

Biden campaigns in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 29. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In Iowa over the past week, "abortion" and "health care" were the top searched issues in relation to all 2020 candidates that have qualified for the next Democratic debate, according to the latest Google Trends data.

Why it matters: Iowa's caucus-goers will set the first real test of candidates' appeal to voters in just five days. Winning a single pledged delegate from the caucuses will also allow any candidate to join the next debate.

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