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Roll Call: “Democratic primary voters haven’t kept up with party’s lurch to the left”

by Caitlin Peartree

In today’s Roll Call, the Winston Group’s David Winston takes a look at some of the key takeaways from Super Tuesday and what they might mean for the Democratic primaries going forward.

The exit polls in the Super Tuesday and South Carolina contests paint a clear picture of Joe Biden’s winning strategy: He appealed to voters who saw themselves as somewhat liberal, winning that group in 10 of the 13 contests in which there were exit polls.

Read the full piece here.

Biden and The Moderate Lane

by Caitlin Peartree

By David Winston and Myra Miller

Since Joe Biden’s stunning reversal of fortune coming out of South Carolina and into Super Tuesday, much has been said about Biden “consolidating the moderate lane,” now that Buttigieg, Bloomberg and Klobuchar have dropped out and endorsed him. He may have consolidated the moderate lane of presidential candidates and re-emerged as the frontrunner over Sanders, but this doesn’t mean that the Democratic Party has suddenly become more moderate again in the past week. 

As we have raised in Discussion Points before, a majority of Democratic voters are now self-identifying as liberal (51%) over moderate (38%) – a stark contrast to the composition of the party when Democrats won the majority in 2006 in which the party was more moderate (51%) than liberal (38%). Ever since then, the Democratic Party’s steady trajectory toward identifying as liberal over moderate has not changed. What happened in states like South Carolina and many other Super Tuesday states is that Biden won liberals overall, or at least performed well enough among liberal voters, particularly among “somewhat liberal” voters, then won by large margins among moderates to be able to pull off a win. 

In South Carolina, exit polls show that Biden won among liberals (+17), including “very liberal” (+13), matching that with a large victory among moderates (+44). In states like Texas, Massachusetts and Minnesota, Sanders still won the overall liberal vote by single digits, but Biden was able to win among the “somewhat liberal” and gain a reasonable percentage of liberal voters, combined with large wins among moderates. In Virginia, Biden managed to win among liberals (+16). Though Sanders still won the “very liberal” by 4, Biden won 2:1 among the somewhat liberal, which was a much larger group (34% of the state’s Democratic primary voters) compared to the very liberal (19% of the state’s Democratic primary voters). 

As a long term trend among Democratic voters, the moderate lane is becoming more of a shrinking side road, with the liberal lane becoming the main highway toward the Democratic nomination. Biden may have successfully performed among the two wings of his party, but this challenge has certainly not gone away, with implications for their convention, party platform and positioning for the general election. 

 

Roll Call: “Biden beat the odds in South Carolina. His party and pundits can learn from his win”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about Joe Biden’s recent win in South Carolina and its implications going into Super Tuesday.

South Carolina was the first big inflection point of the primary season. It won’t be the last. Each of the top campaigns went into Super Tuesday with an advantage. For Mike Bloomberg, it was money. For Sanders, it was organization. For Biden, it was momentum.

Read the full piece here.

Winston Group Democratic Primary Debate Report- Through CBS (Feb 25)

by Caitlin Peartree

Before the South Carolina primary this Saturday and Super Tuesday, check out our newly updated Democratic Primary debate report, complete with information on question topics, candidate speaking times, and more from the most recent debate in South Carolina this past Tuesday.

 

Roll Call: “Will Democrats end up with a platform or a plank?”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the divisions within the Democratic party and 2020:

If the primaries have shown us anything to date it is that the ideological divide within the Democratic Party, embodied by Pelosi’s strained relationship with AOC, is far from a temporary fluke. The party’s shift to the left is real and should not be underestimated.

Read the full piece here.

Winston Group Democratic Primary Debate Report – Through NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo (Feb 19)

by Caitlin Peartree

With the next Democratic primary debate happening in South Carolina tonight, here is our latest debate report, including questions from the latest debate in Nevada last Thursday. Who received the most questions, and what topics were asked about most? Check out all this and more, compared across the all of the debates so far.

Roll Call: “Democrats remain in denial over the Trump economy”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the economy and the Democratic Presidential Primary:

“By the time this column is published, New Hampshire will be over. But regardless of who wins the Granite State, or the nomination for that matter, every Democratic candidate has already embraced and is now saddled with an economic message that contradicts the general view of a majority of the electorate.”

Read the full piece here.

Winston Group Democratic Primary Debate Report – Through ABC/Apple News (Feb 7)

by Caitlin Peartree

With the New Hampshire Primary happening tomorrow, we are releasing our Democratic Primary Debate report data from the latest debate this past Friday in New Hampshire. Which topics have been covered the most, and who has had the greatest amount of speaking time? Check out these numbers and more, compared across the all of the debates so far.

Winston Group Democratic Primary Debate Report – Through CNN/Des Moines Register

by Caitlin Peartree

With the next Democratic Primary Debate happening this Friday in New Hampshire, we are releasing our report of the Democratic Primary debates to date. Which topics have been covered the most, and who has had the greatest amount of speaking time? Check out these numbers and more, compared across the all of the debates so far.

Roll Call: “Adam Schiff throws the ballot box under the bus”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about how, through impeachment, Democrats risk undermining voters’ faith in American democracy.

Critics who question the validity of an election without proof ought first to consider the harm an unsubstantiated claim might have on our democratic elections and the faith Americans have placed in them for almost 250 years. This is something both Democrats and Republicans have warned about in the past.

Read the full piece here.

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