South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially jumped into the 2020 race for the White House Sunday; unveiling his campaign to take-on his fellow Democratic challengers and potentially President Trump in the coming months.
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“The forces of change in our country today are tectonic,” he said. “Forces that help to explain what made this current presidency even possible. That’s why, this time, it’s not just about winning an election — it’s about winning an era.”
Recent polling shows Buttigieg making major inroads among his fellow Democratic challengers; routinely taking the third spot following former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
LATEST POLL: Biden, Bernie On Top in New Hampshire, Buttigieg SURGES to Third Place
A new poll published by St. Anselm College Survey Center this week shows former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on top among New Hampshire Democrats, with South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg surging to third place.
According to the data, 23% of New Hampshire Democrats prefer Joe Biden, followed by Sanders at 16% and Buttigieg at 11%.
“Right now, it looks like the battle in New Hampshire is all about two familiar faces,” said Neil Levesque of the NH Institute of Politics.
“This is very surprising,” he added, referring to the rapid rise of Pete Buttigieg. “He’s now in third place in New Hampshire, and he came from relative obscurity. And he’s gone up an astounding 33 percent with his favorability, so Pete Buttigieg is somebody to watch.”
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BERNIE’S BACK! The Socialist Senator HITS THE CAMPAIGN Trail in Iowa
Vermont Senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is back in Iowa, campaigning for a former staffer running for Congress in the pivotal state and raising new questions about a possible run for the White House in 2020.
According to the Des Moines Register, the socialist Senator will deliver the keynote speech at an event for Democrat Pete D’Alessandro later this month; marking the third time Sanders has returned to the state since his failed bid for the Oval Office in 2016.
“Bernie knows that we need bold, progressive leaders in Congress if we’re going to change the direction of our country,” said D’Alessandro. “That’s why I’m proudly supporting Medicare for All, a $15/hour living wage, and free college tuition for those who work hard. We can take our country back and continue the movement Bernie started here in 2016.”
While the Senator has remained quiet about another run for the White House, he continues to lead fellow Democrats in recent polling.
The hyper-liberal Congressman still receives high-levels of support from the progressive wing of the Democratic party, many of whom feel the Senator faced an unfair fight against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primaries.