The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Sanders going head-to-head in Michigan

Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe.

We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail. 




TOMORROW: Democratic contenders Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE will go head-to-head for the first time in the Democratic primary tomorrow as voters in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota and Washington state make their voices heard.

The contests, which has been dubbed “Super Tuesday Two,” will mark a critical moment for Sanders following Biden’s rise on Super Tuesday last week. Both of the candidates have been focused on Michigan, in particular. 

Sanders took political watchers by surprise in 2016 when he bested Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in the Great Lakes State, but now he trails Biden in a number of Michigan polls. Sanders is working to close the gap. The senator has added more stops in Michigan, and he is also touting a big endorsement he received from Rev. Jesse Jackson, who appeared with him on the campaign trail in the state. 

Sanders is in desperate need of a good night to regain momentum and show that he is a viable candidate going forward. The map on March 17, when Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio go to vote, is already more favorable to Biden, meaning Sanders will need to soften any potential blow. 

Meanwhile, a big outside factor is being thrown into the primary — this time in the form of COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. The virus, so far, has hit Washington state the hardest, raising the question of how it will affect voter turnout. However, the northwestern state votes by mail, which will likely alleviate the impact of the virus. Looking ahead to March 17 though, the virus could affect voting in Florida, a highly populous and transient state. 

It’s too early to tell if there will be an impact yet, but in the meantime, wash your hands! 


–Julia Manchester 



Sanders looks to regain momentum in must-win Michigan, by Jonathan

Sanders seizes on Social Security with new Biden attacks, by Max

Progressive organizations throw support to Sanders ahead of Michigan primary, by Zack Budryk

Washington state gears up for primary election amid coronavirus outbreak, by Rebecca Klar

Speier calls on 2020 candidates to stop holding big public events amid coronavirus fears, By Zack



Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) announced his support for Biden’s presidential campaign early Monday, adding to Biden’s list of endorsements from his former primary opponents.



Jessica Tarlov: “We should have seen the challenges of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign”

Brad Bannon: “Biden proves old dogs can learn new tricks”

Cass Mudde: “Biden will always have a glaring flaw – himself”



Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D) formally announced his 2020 Senate run on Monday, giving Democrats their best shot at ousting Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Koch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior faces legal scrutiny for keeping controversial acting leaders in office | White House faces suit on order lifting endangered species protections | Lawmakers seek investigation of Park Police after clearing of protesters MORE (R). The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has moved the race from Solid Republican to Leans Republican.




Biden is spending more than Sanders on Facebook ads for the first time this primary season, underscoring the flood of donations that have rolled in for Biden in the past two weeks.


Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave $2 million to a nonprofit working to register black voters ahead of November’s general election.




Biden: 54 percent


Sanders: 35 percent



Biden: 52 percent

Sanders: 36 percent



Biden: 51 percent

Sanders: 36 percent



Biden: 51 percent

Sanders: 27 percent



Biden: 62 percent
Sanders: 32 percent



Biden: 77 percent
Sanders: 22 percent



March 10:

-Idaho primaries

-Michigan primaries

-Mississippi primaries

-Missouri primaries

-North Dakota Democratic caucuses

-Washington state primaries


March 15:

-Eleventh Democratic presidential primary debate


March 17:

-Arizona Democratic primary

-Florida primaries

-Illinois primaries

-Ohio primaries


March 24:

-Georgia primaries 


March 29:

Puerto Rico Democratic primary


We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest on the primary contests.

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