Tune in on Thursday, August 20 from 8:40 PM-11 PM ET for the final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as Vice President Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination and speaks about his vision for uniting America.
Featuring: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Chris Coons, Sen. Kamala Harris, and the Biden Family.
Tuesday on the NewsHour, former Vice President Joe Biden picks California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman to appear on a major party presidential ticket. Plus: Harris’ personal and political background, analysis of what she brings to the race, Beirut a week after massive explosions, college campuses during COVID-19 and Republicans react to Biden’s choice.
The green dot is February 29, the date of the South Carolina primary. Biden had gained a point or two before that, but he only really started to skyrocket shortly after the primary. So it’s safe to say that his big victory in South Carolina was the proximate cause of his early March takeoff. But what was responsible for Biden’s South Carolina win in the first place?
Biden went up a lot more, but he was taking votes away from Steyer, Warren, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar.
For now, the debate still seems the most likely cause. That’s a little unusual, since conventional wisdom says that debates don’t move public opinion much, but maybe this was an exception. ❧
Perhaps it was more the fact that the electorate just didn’t know or trust the Steyer, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar centrist crowd enough to vote for them with time running out. As a result the old tried-and-true guy you know pulls in all the people. He didn’t really need an inciting incident other than the looming election. Following the debate without anything else to use to make a decision on, the choice was *fait accompli*.
Annotated on March 07, 2020 at 08:57PM
Jim Biden repeatedly tapped into Joe’s political network for help with his finances and to promote his business ventures.
At this point, I’m not sure that Biden has much of a chance in the Democratic race, but why hadn’t this sort of story come out long before now?