Biden: ‘We took a gut punch in Iowa.’

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday acknowledged his poor showing in Iowa, promising to make a comeback starting with next week’s primary in New Hampshire.

“I am not going to sugarcoat it,” Mr. Biden told the crowd at an event in Somersworth. “We took a gut punch in Iowa. The whole process took a gut punch. But, look, this isn’t the first time in my life I’ve been knocked down.”

Mr. Biden said people were seeking to “write off this campaign” and had been since he entered the race.

“Well, I got news for them,” Mr. Biden said. “I’m not going anywhere.” He added, “And I’m counting on New Hampshire. We’re going to come back.”

DERRY, N.H. — Senator Bernie Sanders began his town hall here in Derry on Wednesday morning on a solemn note.

“Today is a kind of serious and solemn day for the country,” he said, pausing briefly.

“The reason I’m wearing a tie” — unusual for him! — “is I’m going to be on a plane in a few minutes going to Washington, D.C., to vote for the impeachment of President Trump. This is serious business, and something that I have taken seriously.”

As one of four senators competing for the Democratic nomination, Mr. Sanders often found himself in recent weeks in Washington for the impeachment trial instead of on the campaign trail.

To fill their absence, he and the other senators sent out all manner of surrogates to campaign in their place. Mr. Sanders had his wife, Jane Sanders, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Amy Klobuchar had her daughter and an Olympic curling coach. Elizabeth Warren had Julián Castro, a former 2020 candidate, and her dog.

The impeachment trial was unfortunate timing for the senators. But many have taken pains to highlight their patriotic duty. All have said they will vote to convict Mr. Trump.

But in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mr. Sanders has not been able to resist sounding a bit annoyed.

“Frankly,” he told the modest crowd, “I would have preferred to be campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa during the period. But an impeachment is a rarity, it is of enormous consequence and it’s something that I have taken seriously as other senatorial candidates have done as well.”

Mr. Sanders will fly to Washington from New Hampshire after his town hall event ends today.


WASHINGTON — The Iowa Democratic Party will release another tranche of caucus results in the early afternoon hours on Wednesday, a Democratic official said, as officials slowly tabulate what happened in Monday’s first presidential nominating contest.

It’s not known how much of the caucus results will be accounted for in the next disclosure or how many more times the state party will release partial results before complete totals are known.

Two days after the caucuses, Iowa Democrats have released results from 71 percent of the more than 1,600 caucus precincts in the state.

As of now, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., holds a slight lead in the state delegate count over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is third, with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in fourth and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota fifth.


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Michael R. Bloomberg on Wednesday nabbed his first endorsement from a governor: Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.

Ms. Raimondo, a longtime ally of Mr. Bloomberg’s and a former chair of the Democratic Governors Association, called Mr. Bloomberg the right leader to stop President Trump from winning re-election. She appeared alongside Mr. Bloomberg on Wednesday at a campaign stop in Providence. (Rhode Island’s primary is on April 28, though few delegates are at stake.)

Mr. Bloomberg backed Ms. Raimondo’s run for governor in 2014, when she became the first woman elected governor in Rhode Island.

Ms. Raimondo was not always optimistic about Mr. Bloomberg’s chances: Soon after he entered the presidential race late last year, she called his bid a “long shot,” in part because of his billionaire status in a Democratic Party increasingly concerned with inequality. Mr. Bloomberg has already poured more than $200 million from his personal fortune into the campaign and has indicated he may spend hundreds of millions more.

But on Wednesday, Ms. Raimondo said she believed Mr. Bloomberg had the best shot at winning back the White House in November.

“Mike is a problem-solver with a long track record of delivering results, and I’m proud to stand with him today,” she said in a statement. “From fighting gun violence, to addressing climate change, to combating the opioid crisis and more, Mike understands the issues that impact our lives every day. We cannot risk another four years of President Trump’s destructive policies, and I know that Mike is the right leader to take him on.”

Mr. Trump has continued to focus his attacks on Mr. Bloomberg in recent days. On Twitter Wednesday morning, he mocked the results of the Democratic caucus in Iowa, calling it “a complete disaster” and suggesting that Democrats “bring in Mini Mike Bloomberg ASAP.”



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CONCORD, N.H. — Day 2 of the weeklong sprint to the New Hampshire primary began early Wednesday as several of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, discussed climate change and clean energy at a daylong forum here.

Ms. Klobuchar, of Minnesota, kicked off the event at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage. Next was Mr. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is hanging on to a slight lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the partial results released from the Iowa caucuses.

In his address, Mr. Buttigieg — who was confronted by a group of climate activists at a town hall event on Tuesday — called climate change the “global security issue of our time.”

“This is the pivotal moment in whether we’re able to address the problem,” he said, before delivering a brief version of his stump speech. He called for “a sense of common purpose” and argued that climate change is the type of problem that will require Democrats, Republicans and independents to work together to solve.

“If we get this right, this becomes a national problem,” he said. “And the thing about America is America always does better when we have a national problem.”

“Guilt and doom and fear are paralyzing emotions,” he added. “We now need to make sure that when we think of our approach to climate, the main thing that we feel is pride.”

Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts are all also scheduled to speak, as are surrogates for Mr. Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

William F. Weld, another former governor of Massachusetts, who has mounted a long-shot challenge to President Trump in the Republican primary, also spoke Wednesday morning.

WASHINGTON — Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will leave New Hampshire and zip back to Washington today for the final moments of President Trump’s impeachment trial.

After months of hearings, testimony, arguments and political posturing, all three of them are expected to join their party in voting to remove President Trump from office. (But, barring the surprise of the century, they’ll be outnumbered by Senate Republicans.)

Then, they’ll fly back to New Hampshire, where they are locked in a tight race ahead of next week’s primary. (A fourth Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, is also running for president, and has focused his campaign on New Hampshire, but is mired at the bottom of the polls.)

None flew down to Washington for the State of the Union last night. Mr. Sanders delivered his own response from a rally in Manchester, N.H., calling the speech Mr. Trump’s “very last” address and attacking the president’s economic proposals.

“It is equally as important to discuss what President Trump refused to talk about,” Mr. Sanders said. “In the year 2020, how can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention climate change?”

Delivering a State of the Union response has become something of a tradition for the Vermont senator. Though not selected as the official representative of his party to appear on national TV, he offered his thoughts anyway in 2018 and 2019 as well.

10:22 a.m. Feb. 5, 2020

An untested technology, novel reporting requirements, nearly a dozen competitors to tally across 1,600 precincts — what could go wrong? As the Iowa Democratic Party discovered Monday night, nearly everything.

A faulty smartphone app was at the center of a chaotic caucus night in Iowa, but technical glitches were not the only reasons behind a major delay in results from the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

Here’s a List of Everything That Went Wrong at the Iowa Caucuses

An app used to record votes was faulty and largely untested, but the glitches weren’t the only reasons for a major delay in results in the first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

Feb. 4, 2020


A day and a half later, we’re still waiting for final results from the Iowa caucuses. But with 71 percent of precincts reporting as of late Tuesday night, Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead — having earned the most “state delegate equivalents.”

By that count he is edging out Bernie Sanders, who has the lead among so-called first and final alignments — a closer measure of the popular vote. (If you hadn’t heard, the way the Iowa caucuses work is pretty complex.)

Mr. Buttigieg had staked his campaign on a big result in Iowa — and he may have done better than almost anyone expected. He sounded appreciative and fired-up on Tuesday, speaking in Laconia, N.H.: “A campaign that started a year ago with four staff members, no name-recognition, no money, just a big idea — a campaign that some said should have no business even making this attempt — has taken its place at the front of this race,” he told supporters.

Whether he finishes first or second, Mr. Buttigieg will take solid momentum with him into the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Like Iowa, the Granite State has relatively few nonwhite voters, and its primary is open to Republicans and independents as well as Democrats. That means there’s the potential for more moderate voters to participate who are distressed by President Trump but uninterested in liberal proposals. Still, Mr. Sanders has held a decisive lead in most New Hampshire polls over the past few weeks.

The partial caucus results have Elizabeth Warren in third, seemingly enough to earn her a few delegates at the convention. Joseph R. Biden Jr. appears on track for a distant fourth-place finish — between Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who ranked fifth in the early delegate-equivalent count. That would be a disappointment for him, setting up an urgent need for a strong finish in New Hampshire or Nevada.

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Detailed results and maps from Iowa, the first contest in the 2020 presidential election.

Feb. 4, 2020


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DUBUQUE, Iowa — Troy Price, the head of the Iowa Democratic Party, said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that it’s a conversation that happens every four years: Does Iowa deserve to hold the first presidential nominating contest?

This time, though, the critique comes after a stunning crackup of the state’s prized caucuses.

Democratic officials who have long contended that Iowa is unrepresentative of voters nationally seized on the chaos of Monday night — partial results were not reported until late Tuesday afternoon — to argue that the state should not hold pride of place, reviving the criticism that its older, majority white population distorts Democrats’ vision of themselves as young and diverse. Read more here.

8:52 a.m. Feb. 5, 2020


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MANCHESTER, N.H. — The leading Democratic candidates are beginning the day in New Hampshire, which holds its primary next Tuesday, even as they keep an eye on results from Monday’s caucuses in Iowa.

The four senators running for president — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet — are also expected to be in Washington this afternoon for the final votes in President Trump’s impeachment trial, though his acquittal is virtually certain.

And several candidates — Joseph R. Biden Jr., Ms. Warren, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer — are scheduled to appear separately in hourlong “town halls” on CNN tonight, in which they will take questions from moderators and audience members. Four others will appear Thursday night. Those events will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, which is also hosting the next Democratic debate, on Friday night.

Here are the leading candidates’ schedules today:

  • Several candidates are scheduled to appear at a “Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall” in Concord today, including Pete Buttigieg, Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Yang.

  • Mr. Buttigieg has no other public events on his schedule, but has two fund-raisers lined up in New Jersey and New York.

  • Mr. Sanders is holding a town-hall-style event at an opera house in Derry this morning.

  • Ms. Warren is holding a get-out-the-vote event at Nashua Community College in the morning, and has her CNN town hall event in the evening.

  • Mr. Biden has a campaign event in Somersworth today, and his CNN appearance tonight.

  • Mr. Yang is holding events in Concord, Milford and Keene before heading to the CNN set.

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