2020 Presidential Election

Buttigieg Gains Backing From Indianapolis Mayor

Feb 6, 2020
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Pete Buttigieg's presidential bid has gained the backing of Indiana's other highest-profile Democrat as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined in filing the paperwork to place the former South Bend mayor's name on the state's May primary ballot.

Bloomberg Campaigns In Michigan

Feb 5, 2020
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg told supporters in Detroit that he has the best chance of any candidate to defeat Donald Trump.

On Monday, February 3, 2020, NPR will provide Special Coverage of the Iowa Caucuses. The live coverage will start at 8 PM ET. Coverage will continue until at least 12 AM ET.  Listen live on 88.1 WVPE.

Throughout the day and evening you can follow live online analysis here.

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The nation's first presidential nominating contest was Monday in Iowa. NPR's reporters are still on the ground following the candidates and the caucus result reporting problems. Check here for regular updates.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican challenger to President Donald Trump and at least eight Democratic presidential candidates are poised to join Indiana’s May primary.

Figures provided Friday by the Indiana secretary of state’s office show the campaigns for Trump and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld have collected enough petition signatures to qualify for the Republican ballot.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has won the endorsement of one of the nation's largest LGBTQ membership organizations. Equality California and its Nevada partner organization have more than 900,000 members.

Buttigieg Seeks Validation From Gathering Of Mayoral Peers

Jan 24, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — For Pete Buttigieg, an appearance before a gathering of the nation's mayors was a home game.

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was cheered by his former peers Thursday in Washington as he sought to generate goodwill and electoral support for his Democratic presidential bid.

Critics have derided the 38-year-old for having a limited resume, topped by his eight years running a city of about 100,000.

But at a time when many of his leading rivals are members of a gridlocked U.S. Senate, Buttigieg is trying to turn that into a strength.

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg finds himself in a place that he could hardly have contemplated when he began running for president a year ago: He likely cannot finish lower than second in the Iowa caucuses if he wants to advance in the Democratic presidential nominating campaign.

Each of the top four candidates within reach of the lead in Iowa faces his or her own version of the challenge.

But the 38-year-old former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city has a particularly high burden of proof in his bid to win the right to face President Donald Trump.

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Notre Dame has announced that the limited tickets for the first U.S. presidential debate on campus on Sept. 29 will go exclusively to students currently enrolled at N.D. 

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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has rearranged his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr. Buttigieg’s campaign said in a statement Saturday night that the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, “looks forward to being with the citizens and leaders of Columbia” as they celebrate the federal holiday that commemorates the late civil rights leader.

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Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.


Democratic 2020 Candidates Vie For Unions, Latinos In Nevada

Jan 12, 2020
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Democratic presidential candidates are in Nevada seeking to build relationships with Latino voters and win the coveted endorsement of a powerful casino workers union.

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In a news release sent out New Year's morning the Buttigieg campaign says it has raised more than $24.7 million during the 4th quarter of 2019, bringing the total raised to more than $76 million since the beginning of 2019.


Buttigieg's campaign also say that it ends 2019 with more than 2 million donations by more than 733,000 individuals.


Actor Kevin Costner Returns To Iowa To Support Buttigieg

Dec 23, 2019
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“Field of Dreams” actor Kevin Costner returned to Iowa to go to bat for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

Costner is pitching the small-town mayor as someone worth listening to in the crowded lineup of White House hopefuls, saying Buttigieg speaks of the kind of unity that Costner has been waiting and hoping to hear about.

More than 1,000 people packed the high school gymnasium of Indianola, a town of about 16,000 people located south of Des Moines, to see Costner on Sunday.

Actor Kevin Costner Returns To Iowa To Support Buttigieg

Dec 23, 2019

“Field of Dreams” actor Kevin Costner returned to Iowa to go to bat for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

Costner is pitching the small-town mayor as someone worth listening to in the crowded lineup of White House hopefuls, saying Buttigieg speaks of the kind of unity that Costner has been waiting and hoping to hear about.

Buttigieg Leads 2020 Rivals In Wall Street Contributions

Dec 21, 2019
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The financial sector, blamed by progressives for spawning the 2008 financial crisis, is lining up behind Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign.

Buttigieg Playing Catchup In Reaching Nevada Voters Of Color

Dec 21, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is working to make inroads with Latino, black and Asian American voters in Las Vegas this weekend.

Buttigieg Backers Defend 'Wine Cave' Fundraiser

Dec 21, 2019
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The California winemakers who hosted a dinner at a “wine cave” for Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg are defending the fundraising event.

Buttigieg's political rivals used the fundraiser to criticize the South Bend, Indiana, mayor for soliciting campaign contributions from wealthy donors at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren described a lavish Buttigieg fundraiser featuring $900 bottles of wine and crystal chandeliers.

Buttigieg Releases List Of McKinsey Clients

Dec 10, 2019
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The Buttigieg campaign released information about the clients Pete Buttigieg worked for when he was at McKinsey.

His campaign released the details Tuesday evening while the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, attended a fundraiser on Park Avenue in Manhattan. It was the first event on a five-day fundraising swing that features 10 meetings with big donors, and the first time Buttigieg allowed the media to cover fundraising events that had been previously kept secret.

Below is the timeline provided by the campaign in a statement released to the media. 

UPDATE: Consulting Firm Allows Buttigieg To Release Names Of Clients

Dec 9, 2019
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The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm says it will allow Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to identify the clients he served more than a decade ago.

The announcement comes the same day that Buttigieg pledged to open his fundraising events to the news media and provide the names of key fundraising organizers. 

The moves Monday reflect the growing pressure Buttigieg is under as his campaign gains traction in early voting states less than two months before the Democratic contest begins.

All IN: 2020 Legislative Session Preview

Dec 4, 2019
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Indiana lawmakers have revealed their agendas for the 2020 legislative session. Today we outline the issues lawmakers are expected to focus on, including healthcare costs and gun safety measures.

House Speaker-elect Todd Huston will serve alongside retiring House Speaker Brian Bosma this session, and we talk about what new leadership could mean for the Indiana House. 


UPDATE: Buttigieg Turns To Black Pastor To Discuss Racism, Poverty

Dec 1, 2019
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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete Buttigieg found a receptive host on Sunday in a civil rights activist who has sought to continue the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s push for a racially diverse national campaign against poverty.

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The investigation into the shooting of a black man killed by a white police officer in South Bend is not expected to be complete before February.

The police shooting in June gained national attention because the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, is running for president.

The special prosecutor leading the investigation, Richard Hertel, told The Associated Press that his hope is to finish by February, although there’s a remote possibility it could happen before then.

Iowa's first in the nation caucuses are Feb. 3, 2020. 

Leading White Democrats Court Black Votes; Some Find Trouble

Nov 22, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party's crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display.

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Buttigieg, Gabbard Clash Over Foreign Policy

Democratic Debate: Live Fact Check and Analysis

Nov 20, 2019

Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.


Buttigieg Looks To Prove His Staying Power In Atlanta Debate

Nov 20, 2019
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ATLANTA (AP) — Four Democrats jumbled at the top of the party’s presidential primary are looking to begin separating themselves in Wednesday’s final debate before Thanksgiving begins sapping voters’ attention — and that may mean sharpest criticism for the one with the most-recent rise, Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg Releases More Tax Returns

Nov 20, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has released two additional tax returns from his time working at consulting firm McKinsey.

The documents released hours before Wednesday’s debate show he made $80,397 in 2007 and $122,680 in 2008. He previously released his 2009 to 2018 returns.

Buttigieg hasn’t described his work with McKinsey in depth, saying he is bound by a confidentiality agreement. He said this month that he would ask about getting the agreement released.

A campaign spokesman says they made that request.

Democratic Debate: Rising Buttigieg Could Face Attacks

Nov 20, 2019
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ATLANTA (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg tops Iowa presidential caucus polls, and now he’ll face the scrutiny that comes with his climb as Democrats gather in Atlanta for their fifth 2020 primary debate.

Buttigieg’s campaign and several rival campaigns say they expect the mayor to be the primary target of Wednesday’s debate. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have spent previous debates on defense.