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*** UPDATED x2 - CTU President Sharkey endorses Bernie - Bloomberg suspends campaign, endorses Biden *** Open thread

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

* I know Super Tuesday is of great interest, but do try to keep your discussion as Illinois-centric as possible and most definitely be nice to each other. Thanks.

…Adding… I guess I’ll put this one here

The day after his Super Tuesday success, former Vice President Joe Biden picked up the endorsements of three Illinois U.S. House members, his campaign announced Wednesday.

U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, Robin Kelly and Mike Quigley are all backing Biden. The surging Democratic contender continues to pick up support among Illinois’ elected officials ahead of the state’s March 17 primary.

“In Chicago, we know something about toughness and resilience, and nobody embodies that spirit more than Joe Biden,” Quigley said in a release. “On all the issues that matter most in our community, Joe has been fighting beside us for decades.” […]

The three House members follow Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White in throwing their support to Biden in recent days. He also has the backing of U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Brad Schneider.

…Adding… My own take last night…


*** UPDATE 1 *** And there it is

Michael Bloomberg, who spent hundreds of millions of dollars to self-fund his 2020 presidential run, announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign after a poor performance on Super Tuesday, according to a source familiar.

He’s endorsing Biden.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Press release…

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates today announced their personal endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president of the United States.

“Educators in Chicago’s public schools fight for their students, and their students’ families and communities. No other candidate has put forth a better plan to make that fight a reality than Bernie Sanders,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said. “Not only will Bernie fight for our students and their families, but he reflects the core values and mission of our union. Bernie is part of a movement that is putting students and working families above the interests of millionaires and billionaires, and that is something we should all be fighting for. On March 17, I plan on voting for Sen. Sanders, and I urge every Illinois voter to do the same.”

“The Chicago Teachers Union has always fought to make big changes,” said CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. “Collectively, we have fought against racial and economic disparities, attempts to close and privatize our public schools, and powerful special interests. And now, our fight for high-quality schools and thriving neighborhoods takes us to the ballot box. And let’s be real, our nation needs a political revolution. Black mothers and educators like me need a candidate that will fight for all our students and ensure they live in a society where student loan debt isn’t a burden and access to health care is a human right. For these reasons and so many more, I’m happy to say that I’m part of the revolution, and I urge my fellow educators to stand with Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic primary nomination.”

In May 2019, Sanders unveiled his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education, which will reinvest in our nation’s schools and modernize our education system.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

83 Comments
  1. - Montrose - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:01 am:

    Will today’s CapFax Bloomberg ad tout his win in American Samoa?


  2. - Birds on the Bat - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:03 am:

    I-L-L


  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:04 am:

    “Open Thread”

    (Insert joke from last night)


  4. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:09 am:

    Warren is still active in Illinois. Will she break the 15% threshold? Also, how does that work in Illinois? If some of Warren’s delegates get enough votes, do they go to the convention even if Warren did not get 15% state-wide?


  5. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:10 am:

    ==I think I’d probably better deposit that Bloomberg ad check soonish.==

    According to Bloomberg, he will just change the content to “dump Trump.” If so, more checks to come!


  6. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:11 am:

    ===he will just change the content to “dump Trump.”===

    Yeah, that’ll make some folks extremely happy. Oy.


  7. - lincoln's beard - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:12 am:

    Are presidential campaigns over? Feels like both Trump and Biden are showing you can do the whole thing with just earned media, and stuff like advertising, a ground game, all that traditional campaign stuff - is not needed.


  8. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:13 am:

    Of those endorsements only the Robin Kelly one raises an eyebrow. She got a ton of help from Bloomberg when she first got in. Writing is pretty well on the wall though.


  9. - Chito - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:14 am:

    House Judicial Civil in D1 right now is full of anti-vaxxers and their coughing toddlers. Stay clear, and if you must be around wash your hands vigorously!


  10. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:15 am:

    Deposit that check like the wind, Rich. Via phone if possible.


  11. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:16 am:

    Bloomberg drops out, endorses Biden.


  12. - Steve - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:18 am:

    The hysteria over Citizens United proved wrong again. Steyer and Bloomberg’s money didn’t buy them an office.


  13. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:20 am:

    Now Bloomberg can focus on getting all the Epstein files released and sharing> Will be fun


  14. - Montrose - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:21 am:

    Amount spent by Bloomberg on his campaign - over $500 million

    GDP of American Samoa - $537 million

    He had a much more direct route to getting American Samoa.


  15. - Levois J - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:23 am:

    Probably that horrible debate last month put a damper on his performance and he started so late. Better luck next time Bloomberg. BTW, I see who’ll win delegates from Illinois in two weeks

    Wasn’t IL at one point part of super Tuesday?


  16. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:24 am:

    Good on you Rich for making that ad money. Bloomberg has so much money to spend.

    Biden was leading in the polls to begin with, and then he slipped. Now he’s found “equilibrium.” He’s back to being the frontrunner, thanks in large part to South Carolina African-American voters.

    Illinois Democrats are staying with one of their own, a fellow Democrat. Loyalty can mean a lot. Last night Bernie was attacking the establishment (not a good way to win friends and influence people). Voters themselves and not “the establishment” had the biggest influence in reshaping the race last night.


  17. - efudd - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:25 am:

    “the hysteria over Citizens United”

    Sure, two guys, one most couldn’t pick from a lineup, not winning dispels the fact that untold billions of dollars of impacted who knows how many elections.
    Please.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:26 am:

    === The hysteria over Citizens United===

    Rauner, Ricketts, Pritzker…. nothing was proven.

    What “happened” was … South Carolina.

    Iowa and New Hampshire are now 3rd tier “carnie rides”… for Democrats, the South Carolina primary put into clear focus how diversity lets top choices show real strength.

    To bring this all back to Illinois-centric… I’d like to see Bloomberg keep EVERY office, staffer every part of his infrastructure in place and use that to not only help defeat Trump, but defeat Trumpkins in both chambers of Congress.

    If Bloomberg does that, even in place like Illinois, then the half a billion spent will be worth every penny.


  19. - Pundent - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:29 am:

    I saw a Warren ad on TV this morning. Hard to figure out why she’s continuing to hang on. If she does intend to hold out until 3/17 it will only make things that more difficult for Sanders. Not much to be gained at this point given her showing.


  20. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:32 am:

    They might need every penny, Bernie received 48.6% of the Illinois vote in 2016 and Joe has zero money


  21. - Hottot - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:33 am:

    Biden will be the nominee. I honestly don’t know why Sen. Warren or Tulsi Gabbard are still in. If I was Warren, I would accept reality and endorse Bernie Sanders, since their views align. She’ll spoil it for Bernie if she doesn’t.


  22. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:34 am:

    ===She’ll spoil it for Bernie if she doesn’t===

    1) Keep it Illinois-centric;

    2) That’s the language of losers.


  23. - RNUG - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:34 am:

    After the success of Rainer, JB and Trump getting elected, I figured Bloomberg’s run was at least partly ego driven. I also figured his other goal was to get enough delegates that he could serve as a power broker at the Democrat convention. So I’m a bit surprised at his announcing support for Biden now instead of waiting for the convention. Guess this is Plan B … overwhelm everyone else before the convention.


  24. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:35 am:

    ==Hard to figure out why she’s continuing to hang on.==

    I don’t understand why either, since she refuses to challenge Sanders in debates. What did atttacking Bloomberg get her? Nothing in significant votes.


  25. - West Town TB - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:36 am:

    Looks like IL will be somewhat important in the decision between Bernie and Joe. I’m guessing we will see lots of visits here from those two….


  26. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:37 am:

    === Bernie received 48.6% of the Illinois===

    Against Clinton.

    After last Saturday, I don’t think you can look at the momentum Biden has and how Clinton came to Illinois as “same”

    Now, races like Davis, “Underwood“, “Casten” those seats must feel quite different in an overall after the last 72 hours of politics.


  27. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:37 am:

    “The hysteria over Citizens United proved wrong again. Steyer and Bloomberg’s money didn’t buy them an office.”

    If you don’t know that the Citizens United case was about independent corporate expenditures for political communications — NOT about candidates contributing their own money on their own campaigns — please refrain from further comment on the topic.

    – MrJM


  28. - Pundent - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:38 am:

    =The hysteria over Citizens United proved wrong again. Steyer and Bloomberg’s money didn’t buy them an office.=

    Citizens United had nothing to do with millionaires and billionaires self-funding their campaigns.


  29. - njt - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:38 am:

    I, for one, welcome the new banner ads but will miss seeing Mike’s face every morning on the blog.


  30. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:39 am:

    I don’t think Illinois has played a key role in the Democratic nomination process since 1992, so I’m glad my primary vote will matter this year.

    I appreciate LP’s concern, but I tend to dismiss his advice for my party. Lol. As for Senator Sanders, according to NPR, his surge of young voters didn’t materialize.

    “Before Tuesday, voters younger than 30 were not keeping pace with the overall increase in voter turnout. In fact, young voters’ share of the electorate went down in three of the first four states compared with 2016.

    On Tuesday night, not a single state saw an increase in young voters’ share of the electorate, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research and sponsored by several of the television networks.”

    https://www.npr.org/2020/03/04/811868704/5-takeaways-from-super-tuesday-and-joe-bidens-big-night

    I think Biden will carry Illinois quite handily on St. Patrick’s Day.


  31. - James the Intolerant - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:40 am:

    He never did any oppo research or didn’t care what it said and felt he could overcome it. Biden better get some offices open in Chicago.


  32. - Midtown Guy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:41 am:

    A source tells me Sanders will be in Millennium Park for a rally this weekend with some A-List headliners. He is not out of this yet.


  33. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:43 am:

    “If I was Warren, I would accept reality and endorse Bernie Sanders, since their views align.”

    Warren has gotten where she is in life because she kept fighting when others said it was a waste of time.

    Not saying she’s right or wrong in this instance, but I certainly understand why she doesn’t heed those who tell her to quit.

    – MrJM


  34. - BidenBro - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:43 am:

    Someone do a well-being check on Tom Bowen.


  35. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:45 am:

    I wonder what impact COVID-19 will have on Illinois primary turnout.


  36. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:47 am:

    === well-being check on Tom Bowen===

    I did. He’s fine.


  37. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:47 am:

    Over the weekend, a woman from the Warren campaign knocked on our door and asked for our support in the primary.

    That marked the first time anyone has EVER come to our door in support of a presidential candidate.

    – MrJM


  38. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:48 am:

    ===He’s fine.===

    And well-compensated.


  39. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:48 am:

    I continue to fear that Biden will physically or mentally collapse before the election. This should be the last campaign for all the aged candidates. I am not buying that 80 is the new 60.

    Pritzker has 4 years to position himself for the national stage. It will be time for new people.


  40. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:53 am:

    I have voted on every March Democratic primary since I moved to Chicago


  41. - John Lopez - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 9:55 am:

    == Wasn’t IL at one point part of super Tuesday? ==

    It was, for the 2008 primary season, the IL GA pushed up the primary to first Tuesday in February and joined Super Tuesday to boost then Senator Barack Obama’s presidential prospects.

    After the 2010 midterm primary, the IL GA changed the Illinois primary back to the 3rd Tuesday in March.


  42. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:03 am:

    === I have voted on every March Democratic primary since I moved to Chicago===

    Is that you, Diana Rauner?

    To the Sharkey endorsement,

    It makes total sense. Bernie and CTU are tight, and with Sec White and Sen Duckworth in with Biden, we’re going to see here in Illinois folks choosing sides, as what happens in primaries.

    I’d probably be more shocked if Sharkey stayed on the sidelines after last night and these past 72 hours of politics


  43. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:04 am:

    “I wonder what impact COVID-19 will have on Illinois primary turnout.”

    And I wonder what impact COVID-19 will have on our very elderly pool of election judges.

    Having seniors spend a long day mingling with all manner of people, passing materials back and forth with them, while confined in a polling place seems… ill-advised.

    – MrJM


  44. - Chambanalyst - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:05 am:

    I was a Mayor Pete guy. I thought he made some really sound points about democrats in statewide house and senate races having to explain or defend the policies of a progressive at the top of the ticket. However, I have 0 faith that Biden could win a general election. I don’t think he’ll have as much of a polarizing effect on the house and senate races as Bernie would, and perhaps that’s a net positive for democrats nationwide, but I have little faith he has the stamina to deliver strong performances from now until November.


  45. - Scott Cross for President - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:06 am:

    Rich, thanks for checking in on Bowen.

    Did you ask Tom if he’s going to walk over the keys to Bloomberg’s 13 state offices and the staff therein to Biden’s IL team or if he’ll just FedEx them ?

    Because Tom quickly built and prefunded a real campaign structure in IL, and now that Bloomberg endorsed Biden, Biden can scale up immediately.


  46. - BigLou - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:06 am:

    “(CTU) President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates today announced their personal endorsement”

    So since its their personal endorsement, do the rank and file feel different?


  47. - Scott Cross for President - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:08 am:

    OW, good point about the CTU-Bernie partnership. Wonder if this helps to move the Mayor to publicly endorse Biden.


  48. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:13 am:

    - Scott Cross for President -

    Thanks, and I think you hit the real question when you look at Bernie, CTU and now this race and where Lightfoot finds herself and how she can not only endorse but position herself with her allies as well as her foes and everyone in between in the city.

    There’s enough time for Lightfoot to be visible and make some own political hay, even for herself.


  49. - Bandwagon - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:16 am:

    Pish posh, enough of this nonsense. Isn’t there a 13th Ward Precinct Captain that we can stain for life?


  50. - Whatever - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:18 am:

    I think mrjayem and pundent misunderstand Steve’s point, which is that the premise of the defenders of the law overturned by Citizens United was that without the law, corporations would simply buy elections, and that premise is disproved by recent events. I think Steve is wrong - these events show only that you cannot buy an election for someone with no intrinsic appeal.


  51. - Benjamin - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:20 am:

    Does anyone want to guess how many zombie campaigns will be represented on the Illinois primary ballot?

    Also, this season is something of an argument against early voting in primaries–people drop out so frequently and suddenly that many early voters end up expending their vote on a nonviable candidate.


  52. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:28 am:

    Mike Bloomberg remembered Ada Mills …


  53. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:29 am:

    “Isn’t there a 13th Ward Precinct Captain that we can stain for life?”

    Gotta be prestained to even apply for that gig.

    – MrJM


  54. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:34 am:

    What MrJM said. lol


  55. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:37 am:

    On a different note, met Rush Darwish this am. I will give him two things: He is friendly in person and is a large human being.


  56. - Ken_in_Aurora - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:47 am:

    This election makes me think we need a new constitutional amendment capping a presidential candidate’s age at first election - to sixty or so.


  57. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:50 am:

    Like and agree with Pritzker not endorsing anyone in the Illinois primary. Stay out of that mess and let them fight it out. Why garner ill feelings of much of your base when it’s not necessary? Like Pritzker, I too am for the Democrat—whoever wins, even if it’s not my candidate.


  58. - Powdered Whig - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:51 am:

    === “Isn’t there a 13th Ward Precinct Captain that we can stain for life?”

    Gotta be prestained to even apply for that gig.

    – MrJM ===

    Wow. I remember when precinct captains were revered. Now they are viewed as “stained” individuals?


  59. - Just Another Anon - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:54 am:

    Without the Bloomberg ad revenue, will poor Oscar have to switch back to dry kibble and public school?


  60. - JoanP - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:55 am:

    Got a mailer the other day from the Cook County Democratic Party, urging votes for their slate on the grounds that all the candidates would support and defend the Affordable Care Act.

    I never knew that Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District had anything to do with the ACA.


  61. - Rich Hill - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 10:59 am:

    Rich, has anyone spent as much money on CapFax ads ever as Bloomberg did last month?

    I’m looking forward to that campaign’s final filings, just to see how heavy his investments were in other state media across the country (and, well, territories).


  62. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:02 am:

    ===Rich, has anyone spent as much money on CapFax ads ever as Bloomberg did last month? ===

    That was a pittance.


  63. - Natty_B - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:06 am:

    Sharkey is such a goof. Bernie does great with the goof vote.


  64. - RNUG - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:13 am:

    == And I wonder what impact COVID-19 will have on our very elderly pool of election judges. ==

    If it is still a concern during the primary and general elections, maybe the election workers should be supplied nitrile gloves since physical contact seems to be a prime vector.


  65. - JP Altgeld - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:26 am:

    Joe Biden better create a Jim Clyburn monument in DC on day one of his presidency.


  66. - Progressive Guy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:39 am:

    This whole process reminds me that Illinois needs to be at the front of the nomination process, not an afterthought. Why do South Carolina or Texas - states that never go democratic in presidential elections- determine our nominee? It allows the corporate wing of the DNC to pick yet another centrist who will do very little and have all their progress quickly unravelled by the next republican in office.

    Meanwhile, the republicans never fail to make major changes that have massive lasting impacts.


  67. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:42 am:

    === South Carolina===

    Explain and breakdown the 2020 South Carolina Democratic primary by race.

    Thanks.


  68. - Montrose - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:42 am:

    Sharkey and Davis Gates’ endorsements are good for Bernie, but it underlines the actual union isn’t backing him (or anyone). The union endorsement isn’t just something to put in an ad - its money and feet on the ground. Bernie could use those as the center rallies around Biden.


  69. - Montrose - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:46 am:

    “Why do South Carolina or Texas - states that never go democratic in presidential elections- determine our nominee?”

    You did notice that California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Minnesota, and Colorado were all part of Super Tuesday as well, right? All states that typically (at this point in time) go Dem.


  70. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 11:50 am:

    ===Bernie could use those ===

    Lots of CTU Warren supporters. And the Bernie people have been calling Warren a snake and worse for weeks. Reap what you sow.


  71. - Tom Willis - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    I don’t understand why unknowns would run for president in big states like Illinois. Without money, party support and dedicated workers/volunteers, it seems pointless. Sure, media and social media helps.


  72. - Independent - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 12:05 pm:

    I am surprised, and relieved, that the other moderate Dems suspended their no hope campaigns. I thought Bloomberg would spend his way to the end. They learned their lesson from the ‘16 Republicans who split the vote and allowed Trump to win.


  73. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 12:48 pm:

    Still time to get your vote-by-mail ballot, if you’re concerned about in-person voting.


  74. - Huh? - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 12:54 pm:

    Where’s Pat Paulsen when you need him? This election season needs a comedic touch. Oh, wait a minute…


  75. - Huh? - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 1:07 pm:

    “Why do South Carolina or Texas - states that never go democratic in presidential elections- determine our nominee?”

    So you are saying that the democratic voters, who are in the political minority, in those states ought not vote in the democratic presidential primary?


  76. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 1:14 pm:

    I put up some Warren signs yesterday and am planning to continue to contact voters from now through the election. All signs are that she is still a go. Warren seems to have a fairly robust operation in Illinois. Will that translate into delegates? Time will tell…


  77. - Rod - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    I will be interested in the turn out for both the Democratic and Republican primaries in Illinois. Given that Trump is largely running unopposed across America his primary vote totals have been significant. Rolling Stone did an article on this a few days ago and Trump amassed a significant vote in Texas. Trump’s supporters are making a point of voting for him in the primaries. Even in overwhelmingly Democrat California no more than 48% of registered Democrats are likely to have voted when all the votes are counted. There are over 9 million formally registered Democrats in California according to the Ca Sec of State. In Illinois we have just over 8 million voters in total according to the IL State Board of Elections. In the 2016 primary the turn out was only around 47%, Of those who voted 1,460,341 took Republican ballots of those votes Trump received 562,464 votes in Illinois in the primary. Watch Trump’s primary vote totals in Illinois if they are within even 20% of the combined primary votes for Sanders and Biden the Democrats are in trouble for the general election.


  78. - HCMcB4 - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    Any President of an Association embarrasses him/herself by making “personal” endorsements. Seriously, who is supposed to be swayed by that?


  79. - frustrated GOP - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 2:18 pm:

    anyone also see where he’s paying his staff through the general election. Biden just was handed an entire field operation that is going to run a anti-trump format between now and November.Not even the koch bros have matched this. if its true.


  80. - Joey Fontana - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 3:05 pm:

    Any guess how much Bloomberg spent in Illinois on ads, consultants and offices?


  81. - City Zen - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 4:22 pm:

    ==I will be interested in the turn out for both the Democratic and Republican primaries in Illinois.==

    I suspect many R’s will be pulling D ballots in Cook County.


  82. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 4:37 pm:

    “Rolling Stone did an article on this a few days ago and Trump amassed a significant vote in Texas.“

    It’s reported that in Texas and in other states, Democratic primary voter turnout increased as well, in record numbers in Utah and Virginia. Lots of people voting is a great thing.


  83. - revvedup - Wednesday, Mar 4, 20 @ 6:03 pm:

    To several posts: Received two mailers from Bloomberg’s campaign today in the south suburbs of Chicago. Wondering if the primaries/caucuses should all be held the same day. Repubs and Independents may be pulling Cook County Dem ballots to vote for Conway for State’s Attorney; a primary win will likely end Foxx’s run. Anybody notice California’s Dem results; at one point some 25% voted for “other”. Also, why hasn’t Warren suspended her campaign being so far behind?


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