Biden Still Leads In Latest Poll, But Warren Jumps 5 Points

The Hill reports former Vice President Joe Biden leads the posse of Democratic presidential contenders by double-digits in the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris poll.

Biden garnered 32 percent support with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) coming in second with half that – 16 percent.

Those results show a slight decline for both men since the last survey by the polling outfit.

However, the new data shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) getting 13 percent support, a 5-point jump since the last Harvard CAPS/Harris poll was conducted in July after the last set of debates. Warren is the only candidate to show a notable increase in support.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) pegged fourth place with 7 percent support; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) tied for fifth place with 4 percent support.

I realize we’re 14 months from the general election, but the first Democratic test comes in Iowa in January.

Mayor Pete Leads Campaign Fundraising In NY

Mayor Pete shows big-time staying power as he tops the Democratic candidates for president in terms of NY fundraising.

From the New York Post:

Pete Buttigieg has tapped into the New York fundraising scene better than any other 2020 Democratic candidate — and he’ll be back this Labor Day weekend to rake in more big bucks.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor already brought in $3.7 million from New York state — including $2.9 million just from New York City, according to donor data provided by the Center for Public Integrity and analyzed by The Post.

He bests all other Democratic White House hopefuls in the Big Apple — by a landslide — including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who raised $885,000 in New York with $658,000 coming from NYC; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who brought in $2.3 million statewide with $1.6 million from NYC residents before dropping out Wednesday; and former Vice President Joe Biden ($2.5 million/$1.6 million from NYC), who has the powerful endorsement of New York’s well-connected Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Log Cabin Spokesman: LGBTs Are Better Off Under Trump

Log Cabin Republicans spokesman Charles Moran defends his organization's endorsement of Donald Trump

Yesterday, I reported on the numerous resignations by Log Cabin Republicans over the conservative LGBTQ organization’s recent endorsement of Donald Trump for reelection.

Today, Log Cabin spokesman Charles Moran went into defense mode on Fox News explaining that the “LGBT community is better off than it was four years ago.”

“Like so many disaffected Republicans who have not been comfortable with President Trump and with his record, I look at the question of, ‘Is America is better off now than it was four years ago and is the LGBT community is better off now than it was four years ago?’“

And under President Trump, the answer is inarguably, yes. President Trump is the first person elected president of the United States who supported gay marriage and also has a background supporting equality issues both as a businessman and as a philanthropist.

“We always try to follow the rule of trust but verify. And looking at President Trump’s appointments, appointing people in our organization, taking meetings with our organization, and just really advancing the big causes that are important to the LGBTQ community.”

If Moran were to ask ME if we’re ‘better off,’ I’d point him to these 123 times the Trump administration has attacked the LGBTQ community.

Biden Ad: “Battered By An Erratic, Vicious, Bullying President…”

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The Hill reports the Biden campaign has made its first big media buy targeting Iowa markets.

In the spot, a narrator intones the urgency of the 2020 presidential election. “We know in our bones this election is different. We have to beat Donald Trump, and all the polls agree — Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat to do the job.”

Later in the ad, the voiceover says, “He’ll restore the soul of a nation that’s been battered by an erratic, vicious, bullying president.”

The Donald will love that.

In related news, a new CNN/SSRS poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden has returned to a double-digit lead over his Democratic competitors garnering 29% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters.

That represents an increase of 7 points since the last CNN poll in June. CNN notes that “no other candidate has made meaningful gains over that time.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came in second with 15% support, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was a statistical tie at 14%. Those numbers are basically unchanged from June.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) fell 12 points since June to 5% support. Mayor Pete Buttigieg scored 5% as well.

(via CNN)