Jan 23, 2020

Marianne Williamson says she's supporting Andrew Yang in Iowa caucuses

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Former 2020 Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson said in a series of Instagram posts on Friday that she's lending her support to Andrew Yang in next month's first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

The big picture: Williamson, who suspended her campaign earlier this month, stopped short of a full endorsement — noting her affection for Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — but said she wanted to help Yang "get past the early primaries" while highlighting "the breadth of his intellect and the expansiveness of his heart."

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Andrew Yang lays off dozens of campaign staffers

Andrew Yang speaks on the campaign trail on Feb. 5 in New Hampshire. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Former tech executive and 2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang laid off "dozens of campaign staffers this week" after performing poorly in the Iowa caucuses, Politico reports.

The big picture: The full results of the caucus have not yet been released and Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez called for Iowa Democrats to "immediately begin a recanvass" on Thursday. Yet even with a recanvass, Yang is unlikely to beat top 2020 candidates or see significantly different results.

Bernie and Biden now polling even at 20% in Iowa

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The latest Iowa poll averages from FiveThirtyEight put Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden neck and neck in Iowa at 20.2% and 20.1%, respectively with less than two weeks before the caucuses.

The state of play: Sanders and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet are all tied up with the Senate impeachment trial — giving other candidates an opportunity to seize on their absences to gain ground in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first 2020 presidential nominating contest.

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The second-choice question

Sen. Amy Klobuchar at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

DES MOINES, Iowa — Conversations with Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang supporters highlight how the order of tonight's winners in Iowa could hinge on who makes the first cut.

Why it matters: Caucus-goers will be asked for their second choice if their preferred candidate falls short of a 15% threshold — a high bar in a race that still has so many candidates.