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Sanders team outlines its narrow path to the nomination

BURLINGTON — After losing seven of 11 states on Super Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ path to the Democratic nomination for president has narrowed and leaves just one option — win most of the remaining states left to vote. That is exactly what the campaign is planning on, top officials said at a news conference Wednesday morning. Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver and top strategist Tad Devine hosted a press breakfast Wednesday to explain “the path forward.”

Weaver looked to downplay the Tuesday results and Clinton’s large-margin victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, and her narrow victory in Massachusetts. He said Sanders had targeted Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont and nearly won all of them. “We shot for five, we got 4.9,” he said. Continue Reading →

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Sanders, Clinton gear up for final hours before the Iowa Caucus

DES MOINES, Iowa — Eight months after launching his campaign on the shore of Lake Champlain, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is hoping to complete his remarkable rise in national politics with a victory of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Monday’s Iowa caucus. Sanders, at age 74 and a self-described democratic socialist, is the improbable challenger to Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, whom pundits had believed would quickly lock up the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. But Sanders incessant focus on income inequality and the wage gap dividing a handful of super-wealthy Americans from the rest of the country has caught on. He has weathered — so far — Clinton’s blistering attacks on his lack of foreign policy experience, his vote to provide blanket immunity to gun makers and his promise of free college tuition and single-payer health care. On the eve of Monday’s caucus, Clinton is preparing to increase the intensity of her full-frontal assault.

Clinton was scheduled to appear in Ames on Saturday with former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was seriously injured five years ago in a shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Continue Reading →

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Sanders shows spirit in latest Democratic debate

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A slugfest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over the Sanders campaign accessing proprietary voter data of Clinton’s never materialized at the Democratic presidential debate Saturday, but differences over foreign and economic policies were highlighted. The Vermont senator and the former Secretary of State, New York senator and first lady sparred with spirit at the ABC debate at Saint Anselm College, while former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fought to inject himself into the fracas as his campaign continues to struggle for support. Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, had engaged in a high-stakes fight with the Democratic National Committee the day before the debate by filing suit against it in federal court. The DNC had temporarily blocked access to voter data it stores after several campaign staffers accessed proprietary data belonging to Clinton’s campaign. It restored Sanders’ access hours after he filed suit. Continue Reading →

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Sanders files suit to regain access to DNC voter database

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Party on Friday after it was temporarily barred from accessing a trove of information about potential voters as a punishment for improperly accessing data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton. The reaction of the Democratic National Committee to the data breach, the depth of which was debated by all involved, thrust into the open longstanding suspicions among Sanders and his supporters that the national party is unfairly working to support the candidacy of its front-runner. “Clearly, in this case, they are trying to help the Clinton campaign,” said Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded that “the Sanders campaign had inappropriately and systematically accessed Clinton campaign data,” rejecting Weaver’s effort to portray the breach as the fault of a software glitch and a small group of rogue staffers. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, sought the “immediate restoration” the Sanders campaign’s access to the voter database. Continue Reading →

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Report: DNC Sanctions Sanders Campaign For Snooping On Clinton’s

en. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is prepared to take on the Democratic National Committee in federal court after the committee locked his campaign out of a data system that stores “information which is the lifeblood of this campaign,” campaign manager Jeff Weaver said at a news conference Friday. Sanders’ campaign temporarily lost access to a major database of Democratic voters after four staffers reportedly took advantage of a vulnerability of the software system in order to get information about Hilary Clinton’s campaign, The Washington Post reported Friday. Because competing campaigns use the system, it is designed to have firewalls between different campaigns’ research files. The goal is to allow each campaign to have access to the party’s voter data without allowing the campaigns to spy on each other’s research. Continue Reading →

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Sanders faces challenge to New Hampshire ballot eligibility

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A legal gadfly filed a complaint Thursday against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, challenging his eligibility for the Democratic primary ballot in New Hampshire because he has long identified himself as an Independent. The state’s five-member Ballot Law Commission, which rules on questions of eligibility, meets next on Nov. 24. New Hampshire requires a candidate to declare as a registered member of the party in which he or she is running. The complaint claims Sanders is ineligible because he has never been elected as a Democrat. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders closing the gap in Iowa

ew poll numbers in Iowa show a tightening race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Sen. Bernie Sanders has cut a previously massive lead in Iowa for Hillary Clinton to just seven points, according to a new poll released this week in the Hawkeye state. Sanders, the 73-year-old self-described democratic socialist continues to surprise the political world with his steady rise in the polls. A poll released Saturday by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics found Sanders with 30 percent support in Iowa. Clinton, the former first lady, secretary of state and New York senator had 37 percent. Continue Reading →

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