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BreitBart and Druge Report say Amy Klobuchar won the debate.

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**DRUDGE POLL** WHO WON DEM DEBATE?

KLOBUCHAR – 25.42% (15,321 votes)
SANDERS – 22.48% (13,552 votes)
STEYER – 17.09% (10,304 votes)
BUTTIGIEG – 14.57% (8,782 votes)
BIDEN – 13.41% (8,083 votes)
WARREN – 7.03% (4,238 votes)

Tom Steyer followed with 17%, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 15%, former Vice President Joe Biden garnering 13% of votes, and finally Senator Elizebeth Warren at 7%.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) topped the Breitbart News Network instant straw poll for Tuesday evening’s Democrat presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

In the non-scientific poll placed on Breitbart.com’s home page Tuesday night, Klobuchar led the field of candidates with 32 percent of the vote by Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. EST, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) placed second with 23 percent. Billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer notched a third-place finished with 21 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden took fourth place with roughly 10 percent. Warren, who alleged that Sanders dismissed her chances of beating Trump because she is a woman, came in fifth place with 8 percent. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg finished in last place at 7.48 percent.


Could this be a potential problem for the 4 frontrunners in the future?
 

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It's polling done via 2 audiences that won't be voting in the Dem. primaries, though.
1. Some of the audience does vote in the primary, it's not exclusive.

2. Why would a primarily republican base suddenly like Klobuchar when they were behind Tulsi, Bernie, Yang, and Biden throughout the last years of campaigning and debates?

Point two is the thing people need to pay close attention to. She's the sane moderate that's finally becoming more visible who is endorsed by center and left of centerdemocrats and a few republicans. While she is pretty left wing, she doesn't go too far, although she is left of Biden. However, notice that she trashed half of the socialist policies on the debate stage directly and through indirectly through careful selected words.

If she's top 4 or 5 in Iowa and isn't far from the rest of the pack i'd say she is a potential threat.
 

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1. Some of the audience does vote in the primary, it's not exclusive.

2. Why would a primarily republican base suddenly like Klobuchar when they were behind Tulsi, Bernie, Yang, and Biden throughout the last years of campaigning and debates?

Point two is the thing people need to pay close attention to. She's the sane moderate that's finally becoming more visible who is endorsed by center and left of centerdemocrats and a few republicans. While she is pretty left wing, she doesn't go too far, although she is left of Biden. However, notice that she trashed half of the socialist policies on the debate stage directly and through indirectly through careful selected words.

If she's top 4 or 5 in Iowa and isn't far from the rest of the pack i'd say she is a potential threat.
Sure, that's not really what I'm saying, though.

Doing well from a Republican/Libertarian/Independent viewpoint isn't going to win you enough votes in a Democratic primary.
 

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Klobuchar's an underdog with a very slim chance. She did well enough or at least avoided embarrassing herself - a more apt metric for success during these poor debates - but Bloomberg seems to be the dark horse. He's quietly making big moves in Super Tuesday states, including delegate-rich Texas and California. He has the largest operation in Texas right now whereas Biden only has a single person on the ground there (source: Texas Tribune). What's happening behind the scenes doesn't reflect what's happening in front of everyone's face.

The first four states are predictable enough, but I think Super Tuesday could change everything because of the way the DNC moved up the dates for those two largest states. More than 1/3rd of Dem delegates all voting in one day.
 

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Sure, that's not really what I'm saying, though.

Doing well from a Republican/Libertarian/Independent viewpoint isn't going to win you enough votes in a Democratic primary.
Moderate Democrats are considered right wing by the radicals, have you not been paying attention to the far left politicians saying they won't work with anyone right of them or who compromise with the GOP in bipartisan fashion?

Moderate Democrats will flock to someone center left or right of center for certain policies.
 

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Klobuchar's an underdog with a very slim chance. She did well enough or at least avoided embarrassing herself - a more apt metric for success during these poor debates - but Bloomberg seems to be the dark horse. He's quietly making big moves in Super Tuesday states, including delegate-rich Texas and California. He has the largest operation in Texas right now whereas Biden only has a single person on the ground there (source: Texas Tribune). What's happening behind the scenes doesn't reflect what's happening in front of everyone's face.

The first four states are predictable enough, but I think Super Tuesday could change everything because of the way the DNC moved up the dates for those two largest states. More than 1/3rd of Dem delegates all voting in one day.
How can you say Bloomberg is a dark horse when he barely campaigns among common people and isn't allowed to participate in a single debate? He has never been challenged by anyone on his policies and the support he has now exclusively comes from his TV ad campaign and those who aren't familiar with his terrible track record who actually fall for the ads.

His money hasn't really got him far once he started hitting 4-6% in some polls, he hasn't been able to grow anymore and won't be able to until he is in a debate and forced to explain his policies, as well as articulate how they are better than everyone else's on the debate stage. Polices like banning all soda that's more than 20 oz's isn't a policy people care about.
 

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Moderate Democrats are considered right wing by the radicals, have you not been paying attention to the far left politicians saying they won't work with anyone right of them or who compromise with the GOP in bipartisan fashion?

Moderate Democrats will flock to someone center left or right of center for certain policies.
Maybe if/when Biden has an actual stroke and collapses on stage, all of the Dem Moderates will scuttle away from his shadow and latch on to someone else. For now, though, he has the lion's share of those voters. If they haven't abandoned ship on him now, they won't until he bows out.
 

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How can you say Bloomberg is a dark horse when he barely campaigns among common people and isn't allowed to participate in a single debate? He has never been challenged by anyone on his policies and the support he has now exclusively comes from his TV ad campaign and those who aren't familiar with his terrible track record who actually fall for the ads.
I'd argue that puts him on almost equal footing with the other six candidates that made this month's debate stage. These debates are doing very little to challenge any of them on their policies, never mind their track records and other liabilities that Trump might use against them. They're not battle-tested, they've been treated like children. You probably learn as much from a 30 second ad about policy ideas as you do from these 2 hour debates.

Bloomberg's at an obvious disadvantage by missing the opening states, but given the way things are playing out right now that won't hurt him enough to dismiss him. He could wind up eating up a significant enough chunk of delegates to make a difference in the race, even if he fails to get anywhere close to the nomination.
 

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Maybe if/when Biden has an actual stroke and collapses on stage, all of the Dem Moderates will scuttle away from his shadow and latch on to someone else. For now, though, he has the lion's share of those voters. If they haven't abandoned ship on him now, they won't until he bows out.
Things is many of the moderates currently don't like any candidate or don't know who to vote for. So there's a chance they will run to any candidate that isn't too far left who is close to snatching the nomination.

I'd argue that puts him on almost equal footing with the other six candidates that made this month's debate stage. These debates are doing very little to challenge any of them on their policies, never mind their track records and other liabilities that Trump might use against them. They're not battle-tested, they've been treated like children. You probably learn as much from a 30 second ad about policy ideas as you do from these 2 hour debates.

Bloomberg's at an obvious disadvantage by missing the opening states, but given the way things are playing out right now that won't hurt him enough to dismiss him. He could wind up eating up a significant enough chunk of delegates to make a difference in the race, even if he fails to get anywhere close to the nomination.
Yet we saw Warren crash and burn when she was put into a corner and forced to mention how her plans worked, who would be affected, and how they would be paid for.

She's been in a freefall ever since with no signs of slowing down up until this recent set-up with her campaign trying to paint Bernie as a sexist and even after that, it's only slightly slowed the fall.

Bloomberg has a terrible track record that would make it hard for him to debate against Biden forget about Trump. The guy is a lunatic and not only is he missing multiple states intentionally, betting it mostly on Super Tuesday and a couple states before, but he is missing multiple debates and has declined to be on many interviews because he's trying to avoid being confronted on his policies. Instead, he is carefully choosing who he goes on with.

Once Bloomberg is exposed he'll crash worse than Warren. I think Steyer who is also a billionaire, shows how far Bloomberg would get if he went on more interviews and participated in the debates. You can't be a dark horse unless you were popular and have at least fooled some people that your record was good. Look at Mitt Romney that's one example, Democrats even adopted his RINO health program. Bloomberg was and still is terribly unpopular outside whoever the media spits out for him.

You also may not have known this but they changed the rules so, Super Delegates can't vote in the first round, so trying to pay them off won't do much, especially since the DNC isn't going to Black Bloomberg unless all the moderates suddenly have comas and stay in the hospital for the next 12 months. Even then they may opt to go for Crazy Pete or Warren over Bloomberg. As of now Biden has already gotten many SD's in his orbit as well as Warren.

Bloomberg could spend much more than he likely wants to and pay off many of the SD's as you are hinting at, but SD's aren't enough to win if he's not winning any regular delegates in primary states. SD's aren't enough to win the nomination alone and right now none of the Pre Super Tuesday states have Bloomberg in any position of advantage.