3 weeks before Iowa caucus, candidates' closing arguments come into focus

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Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

In a Democratic primary marked by its focus on identity politics, the January debate is poised to be the whitest and least diverse yet, with no non-white candidates having qualified for a spot on stage. The group participated in a rally in Iowa City, the home campus of the University of Iowa, attended by more than 900 people and addressed by Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI.

While Sanders and Warren have, until this weekend, publicly defended each other on the debate stage and in media interviews, Sanders' team says they're expecting attacks from the MA senator on the debate stage. The margin of error in the New Hampshire poll was plus or minus 5.3 percent; in Iowa, 3.8 percent.

The crowded Democratic field narrowed down to an even dozen candidates after New Jersey Sen.

That drew a swift and strong denial from the Vermont senator.

Forty-six percent of likely voters said they thought Biden had the best chance of beating Trump, compared to 25 percent for Sanders and 10 percent for Warren.

Joining in an effort to boost the Biden campaign were three members of the House of Representatives from the group identified by the World Socialist Web Site as "CIA Democrats". Buttigieg garnered 17 percent, and Warren has dropped to 15 percent.

In the statement, she said: "Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate".

Sanders's first attempt to run for president was marred by his aggressive supporters, dubbed the Bernie Bros, who harassed his political opponents and journalists online.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story.

And Steyer, who has largely flown under the radar throughout the campaign, could look to capitalize on a handful of recent polls that have shown him gaining traction in some of the early primary states with a standout debate moment.

Sanders' collaborators later accused Warren's campaign of leaking what they said was an inaccurate description of what was said at the meeting.

Every candidate who has won both states back-to-back has won the nomination, including, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and John Kerry. A Washington Post/Ipsos poll released last week, which surveyed black voters, showed that Biden was the candidate of choice for 48 percent of respondents. Bloomberg was a late entry into the 2020 field, and is not participating in the first four primaries. The other candidates, including entrepreneur and lawyer Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), failed to meet both criteria.

Warren told reporters Sunday that factionalism impacted the Democratic Party in 2016, and a repeat would not bode well for 2020.

Harris's support would eventually dwindle into the single digits before she dropped out of the race late a year ago, while Warren's slackening support (she received 25 percent of the voter group's backing in December) coincided with her small overall decline in support in national surveys of the primary.

Perez went on to praise his former boss, Patrick, despite "polling at about 1 percent right now in the national polls", as well as Cory Booker - who he says "may be out of the race, but he is not out of the fight" - before reiterating that the Democratic Party is fighting for communities of color. Booker, with close ties to Wall Street and billionaire supporters of charter schools, raised $22.3 million for his campaign.

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