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Bernie Sanders lands key endorsements ahead of Iowa caucuses.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont secured two key endorsements on Thursday as he solidified his place as the main challenger to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.“With 271,527 votes cast — and all three presidential candidates campaigning directly for your vote — the results are in and they are extraordinary,” the organization wrote on its website Thursday. “Bernie Sanders has earned Democracy for America’s endorsement in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary with an astonishing, record-breaking 87.9 percent of the vote.” The liberal group says its “endorsement brings with it a million person-strong grassroots army that has knocked hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $32.7 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide.” Though Dean started Democracy for America with activists from his 2004 presidential run, the former Vermont governor has endorsed Hillary Clinton in this Democratic primary. The announcement follows a series of labor union endorsements, representing nearly 12 million people, for front-runner Hillary Clinton. “CWA members endorsed Bernie Sanders because he is the candidate who is talking about real solutions to make our economy fair again,” CWA President Chris Shelton said. “Politics as usual has gotten working people nowhere. On Thursday the Communications Workers of America announced that a vote of their rank-and-file picked the senator from Vermont as the group’s choice for the Democratic presidential race.
Bernie Sanders has collected more than two million political donations for his presidential bid, his campaign announced Thursday, setting a pace that could surpass the contribution count President Obama hit at this point in his 2012 re-election. In all, nearly 1 million individuals have donated to Sanders’ campaign so far, underscoring his ability to tap the same donors repeatedly for multiple contributions. Bernie has called for a political revolution – and that is just what Americans need today.” Clinton leads Sanders in polls of national and Iowa Democrats.
Sanders and the rest of the presidential field will not have to disclose exactly how much they have raised in the October-December fundraising quarter until Jan. 31 — one day before the Iowa caucuses. With 700,000 members concentrated in states including Ohio, California, Texas and New Jersey, the CWA’s size far outstrips that of the nursing and postal unions that endorsed Mr.
But Sanders is leading Clinton in polls in New Hampshire, where a Real Clear Politics polling average has Sanders at 48 percent, Clinton at 43 percent and O’Malley at 4 percent. Even if some of those endorsements were mainly the work of politically-connected leaders, as opposed to the desire of members, they’ll still produce a lot of action on primary election days. This endorsement – combined with that of CWA, which has 700,000 active members – gives Sanders’ campaign a much needed boost with only 45 days left until the crucial Iowa caucuses.
She also commands big leads nationally and in South Carolina, which hosts the first-in-the South primary Feb. 27, according to an average of recent polls by RealClearPolitics. “This is not a race to compile the biggest number of small donors. Sanders told an audience at the union’s headquarters Thursday. “We’re going to create an economy that works for the middle class and working people of America.” The Conference Board’s leading economic index climbed 0.4% last month, pushed higher by rising building permits and suggesting solid fourth-quarter growth. That’s because these nods send cross-organization signals about who backs whom, and whom to support, develop into a kind of rough party consensus on nominees.
For her part, Clinton has set an aggressive fundraising pace, attending 57 events between Oct. 1 and Wednesday, according to a USA TODAY count of fundraising events described by her campaign. With components ranging from the S&P 500’s price change to weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance, the business-research group’s index is meant to signal swings in the business cycle and to smooth out some of the volatility of individual components.
It weights them for importance – a governor’s endorsement is worth more than senator’s, which in turn is worth more than that of a representative. Clinton’s campaign does not disclose how much she raises at each fundraiser, but provides an estimate of the number of attendees and describes the range of donations required for entry.
Former president Bill Clinton was slated to join his wife and performer Sting at a high-dollar fundraiser Thursday in New York to raise money both for her campaign and Democratic Party committees that will help her in a general-election fight. But it’s another chunk of news the Sanders campaign is using to try and convey a new sense of momentum with voting now only a few weeks off and the polls of the Democratic race largely unchanged since October. The former president also appeared at another New York event earlier this month for Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that can raise unlimited funds to support her candidacy. In mid-September, super PAC officials said their contributions and pledges had totaled more than $40 million, but they have not released any new fundraising figures since then. On Thursday, Priorities’ spokesman Justin Barasky said the group is on track to meet “all our fundraising goals” and has reserved cash for the general-election battle to combat the crop of super PACs ready to aid Republicans.
By contrast, the pro-Clinton super PAC has only spent about $220,000 on its TV advertising, federal records show. “Because of the strong position Hillary and her campaign are in, we haven’t had to spend in a major way,” Barasky said.
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