Feb 23, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Marianne Williamson endorses Bernie Sanders

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Former 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson made a surprise appearance at a Bernie Sanders rally in Austin, Texas, to endorse the Vermont senator's bid for the Democratic nomination.

The big picture: Williamson, an author and spiritual guru, dropped out of the 2020 race in January after failing to qualify for multiple debates. She'd previously backed Andrew Yang prior to him dropping out earlier this month.

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Andrew Yang calls on flagging 2020 hopefuls to follow him and bow out

Andrew Yang in Manchester, New Hampshire, Feb. 8. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Andrew Yang referenced his departure from the 2020 race on CNN Saturday when he suggested the candidates should narrow the Democratic field, saying, "Someone needs to pull an Andrew Yang and be like, 'I've done the math, I'm not going to win.'"

Details: Yang said after Sen. Bernie Sanders was projected to win the Nevada caucus, "The rest of the field needs to consolidate, ideally." He noted, "each candidate wants to be the last person standing to absorb the non-Bernie energy." But he added Sanders is "unlikely to get an outright majority of delegates heading into the convention, which is going to set the stage for the superdelegates to emerge, and then you're looking at a contested convention."

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Joe Biden wins Texas Democratic primary

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Joe Biden has won the Texas Democratic primary with 228 delegates at stake, according to multiple media projections.

Why it matters: Texas offers the second-largest win of the night, coming in just behind California and its 415 delegates.

Andrew Yang to launch nonprofit focused on ideas at the heart of his 2020 campaign

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Andrew Yang announced Thursday that he will launch a nonprofit called Humanity Forward to continue promoting the ideas at the heart of his 2020 presidential campaign.

The state of play: The organization plans to use conferences and podcasts to continue growing support for universal basic income, improved data privacy and "human-centered" capitalism.