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President Donald Trump kicks off Daytona 500 as grand marshal

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 16, 2020

The Great American Race became a boisterous campaign stop for President Donald Trump on Sunday as a Daytona 500 infield normally full of flags supporting racecar drivers turned into a sea of banners and other memorabilia supporting Trump’s re-election campaign.

Sue Lani Madsen: Washington’s earlier primary gives voters a chance to make a difference

Washington voters are no longer afterthoughts in the presidential primary season. Along with the other Little Tuesday states of Idaho, North Dakota, Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi that also will vote on March 10, Washington may be pivotal in the 2020 campaign season. And for the first time since the initial presidential preference primary was held in 1992, Democratic votes will count. Washington state Republicans have always used the primary results in awarding at least half of their delegates. In 2016, all delegates were awarded to Donald J. Trump based on the May 24 primary results. It wasn’t much of a contest. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson suspended their campaigns in March, John Kasich and Ted Cruz in early May. Trump was the last candidate standing.

Go West: 2020 Democrats seek their fortunes in Nevada

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

As the Democratic presidential race hurtles toward Nevada, candidates in the still-crowded field are jumping in to their first test in a racially diverse, largely urban state with solid union muscle and shaky plans for a presidential caucus.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns after caucus chaos

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party announced his resignation Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.

Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity, ended his 2020 campaign Wednesday after his late bid failed to catch fire or resonate with voters.

Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Democrat Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur who created buzz for his presidential campaign by championing a universal basic income that would give every American adult $1,000 per month, suspended his 2020 bid on Tuesday night.

Bloomberg embraces ‘stop and frisk’ in resurfaced 2015 audio

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Michael Bloomberg is under fire for resurfaced comments in which the Democratic presidential candidate he says the way to bring down murder rates is to “put a lot of cops“ in minority neighborhoods because that’s where “all the crime is.”

How crucial is New Hampshire win? It depends on whom you ask

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

In the waning hours before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary voting begins, Democratic presidential candidates took varied approaches to the expectations game Monday as they look to advance deeper into what could be an extended nominating fight.

Revolution or realism? NH tests Democrats’ call for change

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

New Hampshire voters are poised Tuesday to re-order the field of Democratic presidential candidates. But as important, they will also send a message about what kind of change they want their party to stand for to challenge President Donald Trump.