Dems work­ing out strate­gies to sweep Su­per Tues­day in 2020


Ka­mala Harris’ top aides are pri­vately meet­ing with lo­cal Demo­cratic lead­ers from Alabama to Vir­ginia. Bernie Sanders’ team is lin­ing up in­ter­views with po­ten­tial se­nior staffers in Cal­i­for­nia and Texas. And Cory Booker is cul­ti­vat­ing relationships with of­fi­cials across the South.

While early vot­ing states get a lot of at­ten­tion, many of the most for­mi­da­ble can­di­dates in the 2020 pres­i­den­tial field are pre­par­ing for what comes af­ter that – Su­per Tues­day, when vot­ers in at least 12 other states are set to cast bal­lots in the Demo­cratic pri­mary. Su­per Tues­day 2020 falls on March 3, but early vot­ing will start as early as Feb. 3 in Cal­i­for­nia – the same day as the Iowa Cau­cuses.

They have good rea­son to get ready now: Nearly 40 per­cent of all pledged del­e­gates will be up for grabs, more than any other sin­gle day on the pri­mary cal­en­dar.

“With the big load-up of the del­e­gates on Su­per Tues­day, and with the early start of the early vot­ing in a lot of th­ese states, the thought that you’re go­ing to wait and see what hap­pens in the week be­fore­hand, as has been in the past, that’s prob­a­bly not a good equa­tion any­more,” said Tom Hen­drick­son, a vet­eran North Carolina Demo­crat. “It’s go­ing to put a pre­mium on who can get out and ac­tu­ally fund a real ef­fort in the Su­per Tues­day states.”

In in­ter­views, Democrats in th­ese Su­per Tues­day states – a list that in­cludes Cal­i­for­nia, Texas, and a bevy of South­ern states – named Harris and Sanders as the can­di­dates whose cam­paigns are do­ing the most out­reach at this early stage, though that des­ig­na­tion var­ied from state to state. Booker and El­iz­a­beth War­ren are also on the radar af­ter re­cent vis­its.

The Sanders cam­paign in par­tic­u­lar is pub­licly boast­ing of its abil­ity to com­pete in ev­ery Su­per Tues­day state, boosted by strong fundrais­ing and a ready-made or­ga­ni­za­tion of vol­un­teers. Sanders ad­vis­ers say that un­like in 2016, when their up­start cam­paign wasn’t able to ad­e­quately pre­pare for ex­pen­sive multi-state pri­mary days, they’re now ready­ing to com­pete ev­ery­where.

Mean­while, Harris al­ready has a state direc­tor in her home state of Cal­i­for­nia, and when she an­nounces travel plans, her cam­paign often notes the num­ber of del­e­gates at stake in that par­tic­u­lar state. “Texas will award more than 200 del­e­gates in the 2020 pri­mary,” read a press re­lease an­nounc­ing a swing through Beto O’Rourke’s home turf last month. For his part, O’Rourke’s team has posted a job list­ing ex­press­ing in­ter­est in can­di­dates with ties to Su­per Tues­day states, among oth­ers, and he is ex­pected in North Carolina next week.

A spokes­woman for Booker’s cam­paign did not com­ment on this story, but Booker has been in touch with a num­ber of ac­tivists con­nected to im­por­tant Su­per Tues­day states, and his cam­paign said in a con­fer­ence call with re­porters Thurs­day that in com­ing weeks he will be in Ge­or­gia, Cal­i­for­nia and Texas, in ad­di­tion to Wis­con­sin and Florida, which are ex­pected to vote later.

Jim Mor­rill of the Char­lotte Ob­server con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Alex Roarty: 202-383- 6173, @Alex_Roarty

Katie Glueck: 202-286-2392, @katieglueck

Adam Wollner:

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