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Democracy Digest 2020: Bloomberg camp confirms candidate will debate – if he qualifies

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With Wednesday’s presidential primary debate in Nevada fast approaching, Mike Bloomberg remains one poll shy of making the state.

But, his campaign on Monday confirmed to Fox News that if he were to qualify, the former New York City mayor and billionaire business and media mogul will take part in the primetime showdown.

Bloomberg’s reached 10 percent or higher in three national polls that the Democratic National Committee has approved. He would need one more to make the stage, and would have until 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday night to get that poll.

The two other ways to make the stage – reaching 12 percent or higher in two Nevada caucus or South Carolina primary-approved polls, or winning a delegate to the national convention in the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses or last week’s New Hampshire primary – have been out of picture for Bloomberg, since he’s not on the ballot in any of the early-voting states.

So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden have made the stage.

But, the other billionaire in the race – environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer – has failed to qualify. He has remained three national polls shy – or two Nevada or South Carolina polls short – of making the stage. And, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has been even further from meeting the thresholds.

Earlier this month, the DNC scrapped the individual donor threshold for candidates to qualify for the debate. Since Bloomberg has been self-funding his White House bid, he essentially had been shutout from making the stage. The move by the DNC – which opened the door to Bloomberg – sparked criticism from many of his rivals.

Bloomberg decided even before he launched his bid in late November to skip the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead invest hundreds of millions of his own money to compete in the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states holding contests on March 3 – and beyond.

Even though he’s not on the ballot in Nevada, being on the debate stage could benefit Bloomberg – with Super Tuesday less than two weeks away.

As he’s risen in national polls the past couple of weeks and as onetime-unrivaled front-runner Biden has slipped – Bloomberg’s come under increased fire from his rivals as well as President Trump’s re-campaign over past controversial comments in support of the stop-and-frisk policing he once oversaw during his tenure as New York City mayor. And, he’s also taken hits as more and more past remarks deemed sexist have been unearthed.

That’s led some political pundits to surmise that Bloomberg would be better off if he failed to qualify for Wednesday’s debate – thus avoiding direct contact with his rivals.

One longtime consultant for the Democrats, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, also pointed to Bloomberg’s lack of charisma.

“Bloomberg would be best served if he didn’t appear on the debate stage before Super Tuesday, because voters won’t see his bland personality and slow-to-respond debate reflexes,” the strategist noted.

No letup in the Bloomberg-Sanders war of words

Sanders – in front of a crowd his campaign estimated was over 10,000 people at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., once again blasted Bloomberg.

“Mr. Bloomberg, like anybody else, has a right to run for president,” Sanders said. But, the populist senator who’s making his second straight White House run emphasized, “He does not have a right to buy the presidency, especially after being mayor of New York and having a racist stop-and-frisk policy.”

Hours earlier, Bloomberg’s campaign touted a new digital ad hitting Sanders supporters over some of their recent controversial rhetoric. The spot featured texts, tweets, and memes from people who appeared to be Sanders supporters attacking rivals for the nomination.

Bloomberg – in a tweet spotlighting the ad – wrote, “we need to unite to defeat Trump in November. This type of ‘energy’ is not going to get us there.”

Bilingual campaigning

Spanish-speaking voters have played an extremely influential role in Nevada’s presidential caucuses, and the Democrats’ campaigns have been stepping up their efforts to reach the electorate, with early caucus voting underway since Saturday.

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One of the latest examples: Warren’s campaign on Monday announced “Latinas Fight, Latinas Win” – or “Latinas en La Lucha” – to highlight the senator’s commitment to reach out to the community.

And, the Klobuchar campaign joined rivals in going up over the weekend with Spanish-language TV and radio ads.

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Bernie Sanders interrupted by topless protesters at Nevada rally

A group of topless protesters stormed a Bernie Sanders rally in Nevada Sunday afternoon, throwing paint, fake blood and water on the podium before security whisked them away.

Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., speaking at a rally in Carson City, had just finished introducing his wife as “the next first lady” when a woman ran up to the podium, trying to grab Sanders’ mic.

A visibly irritated Sanders yanked the mic away. The woman then grabbed another mic on the podium.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., saw a protester interrupt his remarks during a campaign event in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday. (AP)

“Bernie, I’m your biggest supporter, and I’m here to ask you to stop propping up the dairy industry and to stop propping up animal agriculture. I believe in you,” the woman said before her mic was cut.

Sanders exited the stage as a chaotic scene unfolded.

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At least two topless women took the stage at Sanders’ Nevada campaign event. (Reuters)

Several other women – at least two of whom were topless – joined the first woman on stage. The group threw various liquids on the podium and around the stage before security intervened.

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The crowd started chanting “Bernie! Bernie!”

Sanders reappeared before the podium, quipping: “This is Nevada, there’s always a little bit of excitement.”

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Three women were arrested after the incident for indecent exposure, Carson Now reported.

This was not the first time topless protesters made an appearance at a Sanders rally. During his 2016 presidential campaign, two topless women were arrested outside a venue in Los Angeles for taking off pasties that read: “Feel The Bern!”

Fox News’ Andrew Craft in Carson City contributed to this report.

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Tom Steyer: Key to Nevada, South Carolina success is spending time there, not just money

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Billionaire Tom Steyer failed to generate much momentum after the Democrats’ early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, but he’s poised for better results in Nevada and South Carolina and he credits that to more than just money.

Steyer has pumped over $200 million into his campaign, but he has also been on the ground in those states. According to a RealClearPolitics average, Steyer has been polling fourth in Nevada and third in South Carolina, both ahead of the Iowa winner, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Steyer said he wanted to finish in at least second place in those states.

“I’ve spent more time in Nevada than any other candidate, and I’ve spent more time in South Carolina than any other candidate,” Steyer told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday.

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“I’ve actually been spending the time and we have people on the ground in both states, from those states, actually going out, talking to people, organizing, listening and coming up with a message that matters,” he said. “That’s really why I’m doing well in Nevada and South Carolina, because I’ve put in the time, listened to the people, and I’m talking to their actual issues.”

Steyer noted that he was doing well among minority voters in those states, particularly African-American and Latino voters.

“I’m putting together the kind of coalition that we’re going to have to have in November of 2020 to beat Donald Trump,” he said. Steyer also noted that Nevada and South Carolina were more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire.

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That diversity is what makes those states so important, Steyer said in a separate interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“Both of these states reflect the kind of diversity that is America, and that is the Democratic party,” he said. “And, I think whoever is going to be the candidate has got to be able to show that he or she can pull together that diverse big tent that is the Democratic party.”

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Historian Burt Folsom recalls when Democrats proudly campaigned on ‘quid pro quo’

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President Franklin Roosevelt and the Democratic lawmakers of his time proudly campaigned on providing “quid pro quos,” while Republicans were criticized for championing limited government, according to economic historian and former Hillsdale College professor Burt Folsom.

In an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Folsom told host Mark Levin he found it ironic that Democrats in Congress impeached President Trump for an alleged “quid pro quo” involving Ukraine when their own party thrived on the practice in the early 20th century.

“Franklin Roosevelt operated in a quid pro quo setting almost every day of his presidency during the 1930s, and it was accepted by the Democratic Party that that’s the way it would work. In fact, they campaigned on quid pro quo,” he said.

Folsom explained that Roosevelt made something of a custom of keeping records of which lawmakers were competing for government largesse.

“They [Democrats] wanted to be loyal to Roosevelt to get the money,” he said, adding that Democrats would make a point of telling voters how much they had been able to secure through supporting FDR, which left Republicans in a tricky situation.

Voters would hear Democrats’ promises and ask GOP candidates what they would do for them. While Democratic lawmakers crowed about Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects and “federal contributions,” Republicans would be resigned to repeating their mantra of “limited government,” Folsom explained.

Levin remarked that it sounds as if the “modern Democratic Party” was built on “infinite quid pro quo deals.”

“It changed the American political debate in the 1930s,” Folsom said.

The Roosevelt Democrats were so successful with their messaging in that way that the party won five consecutive presidential elections between 1932 and 1948, with FDR himself winning an unprecedented — and now unrepeatable — four of them.

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In more recent times, Folsom said, Richard Nixon tried some of Roosevelt’s same tactics. The historian specifically noted that Nixon timed an increase in Social Security benefits to take effect before the 1972 election while the taxes needed to pay for the increase would not take effect until after the vote.

“That’s a very kind of Franklin Roosevelt stunt,” Folsom said, “manipulating the bureaucracy to advance your own presidency.”

Levin blamed Roosevelt for standardizing that phenomenon and noted that the Democrats throw “obstacles” at Republican presidents like Nixon and Trump.

“Nixon [was] essentially facing impeachment for some of the same things these prior presidents did [when he resigned]. And we don’t even talk about it honestly in this country,” Levin remarked.

Folsom said that Nixon tapped his top adviser, John Ehrlichman, to press the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to audit Democrats alleged to be involved in quid pro quos, and use it to his political “advantage.”

“Nixon was not able to get away with it,” he remarked, with Levin adding that Nixon’s predecessors, Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy, were able to act in kind without significant blowback.

Folsom remarked that Roosevelt also used the IRS against opponents, like Pennsylvania banker Andrew Mellon — who had been the guiding force behind President Calvin Coolidge’s tax cuts.

“Roosevelt wanted the high taxes in there — the high tax rates — and lifted those tax rates, promoted them to very high rates, ultimately to 94 percent of all your income over [$200,000],” he said, leading Levin to compare such an onerous tax code to the presidential campaign platform of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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Folsom said Roosevelt advocated for more taxes than Sanders has thus far, adding that there was indeed a 94 percent tax on all taxable income over $200,000 at the time Roosevelt died in office in 1945.

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Trump, looking to ‘shake up the Dems a little bit,’ hits ‘mumbling’ Pelosi in rally ahead of key NH primary

President Trump said he was looking to get under Democrats’ skin Monday with a rally in New Hampshire on the eve of the state’s first-in-the-nation primaries, and he wasted little time — quickly reliving his dramatic State of the Union speech with a thinly veiled shot at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly,” Trump mused, as chants of “Lock her up!” broke out.

“Very distracting. Very distracting,” Trump continued. “I’m speaking, and a woman is mumbling terribly behind me. Angry. We’re the ones who should be angry, not them.”

He then thanked Pelosi for giving Republicans the highest poll numbers they’ve “ever” had — or at least since 2005, according to a recent Gallup survey. Pelosi, who ripped up Trump’s State of the Union address as soon as it concluded, was widely criticized especially after videos emerged showing that she had visibly torn some of the pages in advance.

“Nine months from now, we are going to retake the House of Representatives, we are going to hold the Senate, and we are going to keep the White House,” Trump said to thunderous applause. “We have so much more enthusiasm, it’s not even close. They’re all fighting each other. … They don’t know what they’re doing; they can’t even count their votes.”

Earlier in the day, celebrating his acquittal last week on impeachment charges, Trump couldn’t resist taking a separate dig at the Democrats for the disastrous Iowa Caucuses last week, where the results remained incoherent and subject to change amid mounting inconsistencies.

“Will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, tonight for a big Rally. Want to shake up the Dems a little bit – they have a really boring deal going on,” Trump tweeted. “Still waiting for the Iowa results, votes were fried. Big crowds in Manchester!”

Trump later retweeted a post from ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl: “Cold rain, snow and lots of Trump supporters. Despite the miserable weather, there are already more people lining up outside the venue of @realDonaldTrump‘s rally tonight than you see at most of the events for the Democratic candidates. Some have been out here all night.”

At the rally, Trump remarked to applause, “We have more in this arena and outside this arena than all of the other candidates, meaning the Democrats, put together and multiplied by five. … We have never had an empty seat from the day your future First Lady and I came down the escalator.”

He also again honored GOP Lousiana Rep. Steve Scalise, saying he looks “better now than when he got shot” in 2017 by a radical Bernie Sanders supporter while playing softball. Capitol Police officers took down the assailant as Scalise tried to crawl away, in a dramatic moment that Trump recounted last week at the White House.

The rally was part of a tried-and-tested tactic for Trump: scheduling counter-programming to divert attention from the Democrats’ debates and other major moments, keeping him in the spotlight and building supporters’ enthusiasm in the months before Election Day.

Though it may not be the same show of force as last week, when dozens of Trump’s surrogates, including officials from across all levels of government, flooded the state of Iowa, the Trump campaign made its presence known in New Hampshire before the state’s primaries.

Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, got to the state ahead of the president to do some campaigning.

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Also being deployed by the president’s re-election campaign: Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Trump’s former campaign manager, New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski.

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Supporters waiting for the start of President Trump’s rally Monday in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Still, the marquee event has been Trump’s rally, and supporters started lining up for it Sunday. Images of bundled-up supporters camped outside the SNHU Arena in Manchester broke through the news coverage of the Democrats’ primary.

“Want to shake up the Dems a little bit – they have a really boring deal going on.”

— President Trump

New Hampshire has always loomed large in Trump’s political lore as the first nominating contest he won during 2016’s heated Republican primaries. He was about to take the stage at a rally in Manchester that October when news broke that the FBI was re-opening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, breathing new life into his then-struggling campaign.

And, it was the site of the penultimate rally of the 2016 contest — an extravagant send-off just hours before a post-midnight rally in Michigan.

Though Trump narrowly lost New Hampshire in the general election four years ago, his team has said it’s one of the few states that could flip to red in November. Democrats in the state had a different view.

“It’s obvious that Trump and the RNC are desperate to put New Hampshire in play after losing the state by 3,000 votes in 2016. But, we’ll make sure that Granite Staters know that he has broken his promises to his state and he will lose here again in November,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley told reporters.

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The president relished the idea of dominating the stage in New Hampshire and stealing some of the media oxygen from the Democrats.

Advisers reportedly hoped that Secret Service moves in downtown Manchester to secure the area for the president’s arrival would make it harder for Democrats and their supporters to transverse the state’s largest city in the hours before the primary’s first votes are cast.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iowa Democratic Party awards Buttigieg 14 delegates, Sanders 12 after caucus meltdown

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The Iowa Democratic Party announced Sunday that Pete Buttigieg has won 14 delegates and Bernie Sanders will be awarded 12, following the party’s disastrous first-in-the-nation caucuses last week that have been plagued with apparent inaccuracies in crucial voting data.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., won eight delegates; Joe Biden six; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., just one. Additionally, Iowa Democrats said they had reviewed voting data for 95 precincts and made corrections in 55 of them, accounting for three percent of the total 1,765 precincts in the state, after even more irregularities surfaced in recent days.

Sanders retained his significant lead in the popular vote in both rounds of caucusing. He fell behind in delegate count because some precincts are weighted differently by the Iowa Democrats, in a complex and little-understood — and apparently poorly implemented — formula.

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But, it remained unclear whether the results would stand unmodified. The Iowa Democratic Party has allowed campaigns to call for a recanvass until Monday at 1:00 p.m. ET, and Democratic National Committee (DNC) head Tom Perez has said a recanvass is needed to “assure public confidence.”

“Enough is enough,” Perez wrote on Twitter.

damning analysis by The New York Times last week found that the Iowa Democratic Party’s figures were full of apparent errors, in which vote numbers from several precincts did not match totals provided by the party, and in which numerous precincts seemingly didn’t follow caucus rules.

In one especially bizarre apparent mistake, the party reported that Deval Patrick had dominated in central Iowa, apparently because Sanders’ votes had been incorrectly recorded as votes for Patrick.

The Times reported that a “plausible explanation” for that mistake “is that an Iowa Democratic Party staff member accidentally copied the results of one column too far to the left in a spreadsheet for some precincts. … Such errors inevitably occur in manual data entry, but the Iowa Democratic Party does not appear to have enough quality checks to assure that it reports accurate results.”

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The Associated Press announced last Thursday it was unable to declare a winner of the Democrats’ Iowa caucuses.

“The Associated Press calls a race when there is a clear indication of a winner. Because of a tight margin between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders and the irregularities in this year’s caucus process, it is not possible to determine a winner at this point,” wrote Sally Buzbee, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.

Last week, both Buttigieg and Sanders declared victory in Iowa — and appeared ready to move on.

“We’ve got enough of Iowa,” Sanders told a CNN town hall last week, insisting he wouldn’t bother with a recanvass even though the Iowa Democrats had obviously “screwed up” in a historic manner.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.

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Biden, in New Hampshire, jokingly calls student ‘a lying, dog-faced pony soldier’

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Presidential contender Joe Biden jokingly called a college student in New Hampshire a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” during a campaign event on Sunday, just two months after he unloaded on an Iowa voter whom he called a “damn liar.”

The campaign trail headscratchers came as Biden, 77, has gone on the offensive following his disappointing fourth-place finish in last week’s maligned Iowa caucuses, well behind rivals Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

The student, Madison, of Mercer University in Georgia, began by asking Biden how he could remain competitive in the race after that performance.

“It’s a good question,” Biden responded. “Number one: Iowa’s a democratic caucus. You ever been to a caucus? No you haven’t. You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier. You said you were; but now you got to be honest. I’m gonna be honest with you.”

Biden had used the bizarre phrase in January as well, in response to a question about President Obama’s broken promise that individuals would be guaranteed the option to keep their doctors under the Affordable Care Act. Contrary to reports that the line was from a John Wayne movie, TMZ reported that the phrase may have come from the 1952 Tyrone Power film called “Pony Soldier.”

Nevertheless, the moment drew mockery from conservatives and other commentators.

“You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

— Joe Biden

“If he can’t handle a simple question from one of his own supporters, how can Joe Biden possibly take on Donald Trump one on one for six months?” asked Donald Trump, Jr., on Twitter.

George Washington University law professor and GOP impeachment witness Jonathan Turley added: “Hmmm, Biden does not appear to be confining his ‘go negative’ strategy to [Pete] Buttigieg, but seems to think it will work with voters. Calling a voter ‘a lying dog-faced pony soldier’ must be a new voter suppression strategy by targeting your own voters.”

Also in New Hampshire, Biden forcefully echoed failed presidential contender Eric Swalwell in dismissing Second Amendment advocates, claiming personal gun ownership is an ineffective defense against government tyranny. (In an infamous tweet, Swalwell informed a gun-rights proponent that the government “has nukes” and could defeat an uprising in a “short war.”)

“Those who say ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots’ — a great line, well, guess what: The fact is, if you’re going to take on the government you need an F-15 with Hellfire Missiles,” Biden said. “There is no way an AK-47 is going to take care of you, if you’re worried about the government coming and knocking down your door.”

Biden’s defensiveness on the campaign trail has raised questions among some Democrats about his possible electability issues, especially given President Trump’s propensity for hammering the Bidens’ perceived corruption. This past December in Iowa, Biden slammed a voter who questioned Hunter Biden’s business dealings as a “damn liar” who needed to take an “IQ test.”

The former vice president also seemingly called the man “fat,” although the Biden campaign said he had been misunderstood.

Biden has stepped up his aggressiveness in recent days, although his attacks have been increasingly directed not just at individual voters, but also other rivals for the White House.

“This guy’s not a Barack Obama. Barack Obama had been a United States senator of a really large state,” Biden said this weekend, referring to Buttigieg. “This is a very different situation.”

Biden spoke with reporters hours after his campaign went up with a new digital ad suggesting the 38-year old candidate — who’s nearly four decades younger than Biden — didn’t have enough experience to be president.

The spot used a clip of then-President Obama calling Biden “the best vice president America’s ever had,” before going on to compare arguable successes of the Obama administration with mundane mayoral actions by Buttigieg, such as installing “decorative lights under bridges.”

Buttigieg’s team, in response, argued: “Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran.”

Asked about his campaign’s digital video, Biden explained: “What I’m doing is responding to what Pete’s been saying for the last two months, that all the problems we have today are from the recent past.”

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“When you get attacked, you have to respond. I kept my mouth shut for a long time. I haven’t responded at all. But it’s been constant, a constant assertion that the problems we’re facing today are somehow because of our administration. That’s simply not true,” Biden said.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser in Manchester, N.H., contributed to this report.

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Buttigieg holds largest Dem rally in New Hampshire this election season

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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg held the largest campaign rally in New Hampshire by a Democrat this election season when a crowd of more than 1,800 people showed up Saturday to hear him stump at Keene State College.

Buttigieg, riding high after a strong performance in the Iowa caucuses last week, has been aiming to continue the momentum with a victory on Tuesday in the nation’s first primary election.

Buttigieg was sitting in second in an average of New Hampshire polls behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but has been hoping to pull off another upset Tuesday.

While Buttigieg has held the largest rally of any Democrat in New Hampshire this election cycle, the record for the largest rally overall would still go to President Trump, who filled the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in downtown Manchester last August for a campaign rally.

That rally saw around 11,000 people inside the arena and a large overflow crowd outside.

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Trump is set to return to that exact same arena for another rally Monday night on the eve of the primary.

The Buttigieg campaign has flooded the Granite State in the run-up to Tuesday’s primary with the mayor himself attending six events on Saturday ahead of his appearance Sunday on six morning political news shows.

“We are building the movement that is going to defeat Donald Trump,” Buttigieg told “Fox News Sunday.” “I want everybody to help out.”

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Buttigieg on Saturday encountered loud chants of “Wall Street Pete” and “Medicare-for-all” from Sanders supporters making their presence known with blinking pink “Bernie” signs. Buttigieg’s supporters, in yellow T-shirts and armed with noisemakers, began loud chants of “Boot-Edge-Edge” and waved blue and yellow signs as Sanders declared victory in Iowa, citing the popular vote.

The Associated Press has not called a winner in the contest, but Buttigieg and Sanders were leading, and both have taken on strength in recent days.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden targets Trump in Iowa caucus speech: ‘This is about ending an era’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden took on President Trump Monday night, telling voters that the 2020 presidential election is “about ending an era,” as Democrats were engaged in an hourslong wait for Iowa caucus results.

Despite frustration over the delays, Biden signaled confidence while casting the election as one of the most important in history.

“I want us to remember, not just tonight, but throughout this campaign, this is about ending an era — well, about ending an era, god-willing, of a president — this is bigger than any of us,” he said. “We cannot allow Donald Trump to be re-elected.”

He added: “Character is at stake on the ballot. That’s what this is. America is at stake — literally, democracy is at stake.”

Biden also said he was running for president to “rebuild the backbone of this country,” while slamming the Trump administration, and stating that working-class and middle-class families were “being hurt very badly by this administration.”

“We have to unify this country as well,” Biden said. “A president is supposed to heal as well as fight. I’m going to go all over this country, every part of this Democratic Party, and reunite its men, women, gays, straight, black, brown, a whole universe of people out there.”

Biden also teased the party about the delay in caucus results, saying he wanted “to make sure they’re very careful.”

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“We’re going to walk out of here with our share of delegates,” he said. “We feel good about where we are, so, it’s onto New Hampshire! Nevada! South Carolina, and well beyond.”

He added: “We’re in this for the long haul.”

The Iowa Democratic Party reported its delays were due to “quality control.”

“The integrity of the results is paramount. We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time,” Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure said in a statement Monday. “What we know right now is that around 25% of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”

Biden campaign general counsel Dana Remus penned a letter to leaders of the state party, calling them out for their handling and the “considerable flaws” of the caucuses Monday night.

“The app that was intended to relay caucus results to the party failed; the party’s back-up telephonic reporting system likewise has failed,” Remus wrote. “Now, we understand that caucus chairs are attempting to — and, in many cases, failing to — report results telephonically to the party.  These acute failures are occurring statewide.”

Remus also noted that all campaigns deserved “full explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control” the party was employing, and that campaigns needed to be briefed and given a chance to respond prior to official results being released to the public.

Remus added: “In the meantime, we are on to New Hampshire, on the road to the most important election of our lifetimes.”

Later, a Biden campaign spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that the former vice president was en route to New Hampshire.

“I want to thank our incredible supporters and volunteers in Iowa–and all across the country,” he tweeted. “Now, it’s onto New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and beyond!”

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Despite the focus of Monday being on Iowa’s Democrats, Republicans in the state also caucused, delivering Trump his first victory of 2020.

Trump easily defeated his primary rivals—former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh—with roughly 97 percent of the vote. The primary challengers walked away with about 1 percent each. Monday’s results also indicated that those attempting to take on Trump within his own party stood a very slim chance of making headway against the incumbent.

Fox News’ Allie Raffa contributed to this report. 

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Fox News Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg: See the photos

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