March 15 Debate Likely to Be Biden-Sanders Face-Off, Excluding Gabbard
2020欧洲杯APPDemocratic presidential candidates must have earned 20% of the delegates awarded in the nomination campaign to participate in the next presidential primary debate in Arizona, the Democratic National Committee said Friday.
2020欧洲杯APPThe debate, which will be hosted by CNN, will be held in Phoenix on March 15.
Five of the seven candidates who participated in the last debate in Charleston, S.C. have since dropped out, making it likely that the next debate will be a match up between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
2020欧洲杯APPHawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is still in the race, earned two delegates after coming in second in American Samoa. Under the previous rules, she would have qualified for the next debate.
Candidates have to qualify by the morning of the debate. The total delegate allocation will include contests on Tuesday.
2020欧洲杯APPMs. Gabbard's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Biden holds the delegate lead with 652, followed by Mr. Sanders with 573, according to The Wall Street Journal's delegate tracker.
Sanders Campaign Looks to Protect Emails
Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign has enlisted an outside firm to beef up the security of its email systems, part of what security experts say are necessary protections as the election season intensifies.
The Sanders campaign started working with Agari Data Inc. in the past few weeks, the firm said. Its services, it said, include boosting campaign defenses against so-called spear-phishing emails, in which attackers target individuals by posing as a trustworthy sender.
An aide to the Sanders campaign said it doesn’t comment on security.
2020欧洲杯APPAs the Democratic field has narrowed, the major presidential campaigns increasingly need to be ready to rebuff possible cyberattacks, said Mick Baccio, who served as chief information security officer for Democrat Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.
2020欧洲杯APP“The closer we get to the general election, every campaign should keep raising the bar on their security posture,” said Mr. Baccio, currently a security adviser at the data platform company Splunk Inc. “Bad actors will adapt and transition, so defenses must as well.”
The presidential campaign of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden didn’t respond to a request for comment about its cybersecurity efforts. A spokesman for President Trump’s campaign said that it takes cybersecurity seriously and doesn’t comment on its efforts.
2020欧洲杯APPDuring the 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials say that Russian hackers stole emails from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The email trove was then released online.
2020欧洲杯APP“That’s still fresh on the minds of the public,” said Armen Najarian, Agari’s chief marketing and chief identity officers. “I think that’s adding to the anxiety that there’s not enough being done across the board to prevent an attack like that again.”
2020欧洲杯APPRecently, U.S. officials briefed Mr. Sanders that Russia is trying to support his campaign for the Democratic nomination as part of Moscow’s broader efforts to interfere in the election.
Michigan Expects to Report Primary Results Late
2020欧洲杯APPThe results of Michigan’s March 10 presidential primary will likely be reported later in the evening than usual, due in part to changes which are expected to slow vote-counting, the state’s secretary of state said on Thursday.
2020欧洲杯APPThe state’s constitution was amended in 2018 to make it easier to vote absentee and allow registration through the day of the election. While these changes are designed to make voting more convenient, they are also expected to increase the workload for election workers.
2020欧洲杯APP“It is important that all Michiganders, and in fact all Americans, know that results that come later in the evening do not suggest that errors or fraudulent activity have occurred,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who is a Democrat, in a statement on Thursday. “On the contrary, the later-than-usual results are evidence that clerks are working diligently to carry out the additional work on their plates in a way that is ethical and accurate.”
There has been an 80% increase in applications for absentee ballots compared to one week before Michigan’s 2016 primary, and more than 500,000 absentee ballots have already been cast, Ms. Benson’s office said.
2020欧洲杯APPOne hurdle is that state law doesn’t allow election clerks to process absentee ballots prior to the day of the election, which is permitted in several other states, the office said. Ms. Benson has urged the state legislature to change the law.
Rep. Jayapal Says Coronavirus Disruptive in Runup to Primary
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) said the coronavirus outbreak is causing the cancellation or reconsideration of some political events in the runup to her state's March 10 presidential primary.
"I'm worried about it," Ms. Jayapal said.
2020欧洲杯APP"Our state Democratic Party just canceled our event for Saturday night," she said, referring to a major fundraising event that was . "So that's a big cost for the state party, and not just monetarily, but overall, you know, in terms of energy and momentum."
Ms. Jayapal, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential bid, said she was scheduled to participate in events this weekend, and her team is evaluating whether to move forward, waiting for advice from health officials.
She pointed out that because Washington state conducts voting by mail, people will not have to worry about going to polling places. In some Super Tuesday states2020欧洲杯APP, election officials bought hand sanitizer for polling stations, and in others, some poll workers did not show up.
In addition to causing rally cancellations, coronavirus concerns could affect campaigns' plans to knock on potential voters' doors and hold other political events, Ms. Jayapal said. And as time goes on, other states could feel the effects, too.
"You know, we're early and we're the epicenter of this," she said. "But other states are going to start seeing, as we saw with New York2020欧洲杯APP, once they start testing, they will start seeing some of this as well. And so I think it's going to be a big issue."
After Trump Attacks Sessions, Shelby Moderates Past Support
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, who had previously advocated for Jeff Sessions to win his seat back, offered tepid support for his former colleague shortly after the president attacked Mr. Sessions, the former attorney general.
2020欧洲杯APP"Sessions has got a deep challenge now," Mr. Shelby said of the former senator. Mr. Sessions advanced in the primary on Tuesday and will face former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville in a runoff at the end of the month. The winner will run against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.
The race for the Senate has become a contest over who is the most loyal to President Trump. Mr. Sessions was the first to endorse the president but has been widely criticized for recusing himself from the investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Though Mr. Trump refrained from getting involved in the primary, he attacked Mr. Sessions on Twitter on Wednesday morning, saying the man he appointed to lead the Justice Department didn't "have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt."
Mr. Tuberville embraced the president's attack and tweeted: "Mr. President, I could not agree more, and in 27 days help will be on the way!"
2020欧洲杯APPOn Wednesday, after the president's tweet, Mr. Shelby said he would not be endorsing Mr. Sessions in the race. The longtime senator's support was touted by Mr. Sessions's campaign in the primary.
2020欧洲杯APP"He's a good man, but you have to win it on the battlefield," Mr. Shelby said, adding the president's attack is going to make the race "more difficult for him."