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  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Paul Mitchell on the primary election (2020-02-13)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assembly member Buffy Wicks and her husband, Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler, as they discuss their efforts to prevent gun violence in California and nationwide, and how this work brought them together. (2020-02-13)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (2020-02-11)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer @ KQED): episode five of the eight-part series on Jerry Brown (2020-02-09)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): New Hampshire primary and data guru Paul Mitchell on the California primary (2020-02-06)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Granite State native Steve Maviglio on the New Hampshire primary (2020-02-06)



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The Nooner for Monday, March 2, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Tomorrow, tomorrow
  • Poll position
  • Cakeday and Classifieds


  • Ballots mailed: 16,067,700
  • Ballots returned: 3,314,715 (20.6% of mailed)
  • Democrats: 1,410,945 (20% of mailed)
  • NPP/Other: 649,173 (13%)
  • Republicans: 1,161,683 (29%)

If those numbers don't add up perfectly, it's an awful manual process and I will make mistakes in transcribing.

One day more. Another day, another destiny...tomorrow you'll be worlds away...

Tomorrow, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar on tomorrow...

And it's 11am. I have worked for 6 hours today and the news is changing by the minute. Even the below polls are irrelevant (or they actually are not).

We thought Enron was the biggest pissing away of money in history and led to Gray Davis's recall. Democrats are doing something similar in the presidential.

'twas the night before ballot-mess...

Obviously, I can't wait. Lots of candidates can't wait while many want another month. For me, it's about winnowing the field of 550 state candidates to 308 (153 regular races and one off-cycle special assuming CA25 has the same special and regular election candidates but whateverz) so my work is more manageable. It has been dizzying and the experts I normally rely on have no clue.

Anyway, check back with me in tax season about the election results. Of course, we'll be watching it daily in this space.

I watch elections in lots of state. California is unique, obviously, because we are huge and have a culture of voter enfranchisement. It takes awhile to count all the ballots. If I see an element of fraud, I will write about it, but have not and the 58 county election officials and Secretary of State Alex Padilla's staff are top-notch.

I'll just keep making jokes about it while pundits call us New Iowa.

We're just getting started...

POLL POSITION: Ugh, two more. I'm not sure if The Nooner's email format will handle it, but you can read it online and I just want to be consistent.

The two new ones are from USA Today/Suffolk and Emerson.

 USA Today/Suffolk
PPIC 02/07-02/17CA120/Capitol Weekly 02/06-02/09KQED/Change Research
CA120/Capitol Weekly
Bernie Sanders 35% 38% 24% 32% 29% 30% 26% 27% 24%
Elizabeth Warren 12% 16% 10% 13% 16% 16% 20% 23% 21%
Joe Biden 14% 21% 17% 14% 11% 15% 15% 24% 20%
Pete Buttigieg 7% 7% 9% 12% 14% 8% 7% 6% 11%
Michael Bloomberg 16% 11% 13% 12% 13% 4% 6% 1% (VOL.) 6%
Amy Klobuchar 5% 5% 4% 5% 5% 3%   4% 5%
Andrew Yang n/a   n/a n/a 4% 5%   3% (VOL.) 7%
Tulsi Gabbard 3% 1% 2% 1% 3% 4%     2%
Tom Steyer 3% 2% 5% 3% 3% 2%     2%
Others (total)     1% 1%     6% 5%  
Undecided     13% 8%   13% 12% 7%  

 more after the jump...


OMG. It's a clusterf* here. Remember, the biggest cache of delegates in the Democratic primary's process are here in The Golden State. Only those candidates above 15% are "viable." I know I keep writing about this, but also keep hearing completely wrong analysis.

The 15% threshold apples for state AND congressional-district delegates. If anybody says they know what will happen, they don't know what they are talking about or are paid to talk. I have no clue. Amy and Pete (who I voted for) will win delegates here yet have suspended campaigns. Those delegates go to convention. I have no idea.

cakedays and classifieds after the jump...


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Representative Ami Bera, Joel Bridgeman, Todd Flora, Joe Garofoli, Alex Hirsch, Chris Marsh, Tamara Rasberry, Katie Villegas, and Rick Zbur!



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