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Joe Biden has emerged from a contested Democratic primary with surprising party unity and without any serious threat on his left flank, according to New York Times/Siena College polls of the six battleground states likeliest to decide the presidency.Overall, voters in the battleground states who said Bernie Sanders was their top choice for president said they backed Biden over President Donald Trump, 87% to 4%. If there was a Bernie-or-bust movement, it has either faded with the conclusion of the Democratic race, or it never existed in serious numbers in the battleground states.Biden commands even more significant support from voters who supported Elizabeth Warren in the primary. The Democrats who said she was their top choice to be the Democratic nominee backed Biden over Trump by a staggering margin of 96% to 0% -- even wider than Biden's 96-1 lead among those who said he was their top choice in the Democratic primary.No Warren supporter in the survey -- which was conducted in June -- allowed for the possibility that there was even "some chance" they would vote for Trump.The unity of Democratic voters in the Times/Siena polls represents a marked change from four years ago, when a significant number of Sanders supporters never embraced Hillary Clinton's candidacy. According to the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, she won just 74% of voters who backed Sanders in the 2016 primary, while 12% voted for Trump.The findings, however, do not represent a change from last October, when Sanders and Warren supporters in the same six battleground states were asked whom they would vote for if the choice came down to Biden and Trump. It was 89-4 for Biden back then; it is 89-3 now.Remarkably, the challenge Biden faces from the party's left is difficult to distinguish from the challenge he faces from the center. Together, the supporters of Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar back Biden by 87-6. Of course, these voters represent a far smaller share of the Democratic electorate than the supporters of Warren and Sanders, but few would argue that Biden faces any serious challenge among moderate Democrats.One reason Biden does not face the kind of rejection Clinton saw is the changing composition of the Sanders vote. In 2016, Sanders won significant support from relatively conservative, white, rural voters. These voters were no socialists, and it's an open question how many genuinely supported Sanders or merely voted in protest of Clinton.Either way, a share of Sanders supporters in the 2016 primary stuck with Trump after backing him in the 2016 general election, and they did not return to Sanders in the primary four years later. Their departure from the Democratic primary electorate helps explain the significant decline in Sanders' strength in white, rural and working-class areas, along with the relative unity of the remaining Democratic vote.To be sure, the Democratic left is not necessarily excited to support Biden. Only 21% of Sanders voters and 40% of Warren supporters say they have a "very favorable" view of him, compared with the 77% of Biden backers who say they do. By 69-26, Sanders supporters say their vote is more a vote against Trump than a vote for Biden. Warren supporters also say it's mainly a vote against the president, by a margin of 61% to 36%.As the Biden team mulls a vice presidential selection, one important consideration will be whether the relatively tepid level of enthusiasm he has generated poses a serious risk to his campaign. For now, opposition to Trump has largely overwhelmed whatever reservations these voters have about Biden, especially among Warren supporters.Not only are Warren supporters likelier to support Biden than his supporters in the primary, but Warren voters are also likelier to say they're "almost certain to vote" in November. They're nearly as enthusiastic about voting as well: 75% of Warren supporters say they're "very enthusiastic," compared with 80% of Biden supporters.The Sanders supporters show more disappointment, although at a modest level. Only 47% said they were "very enthusiastic," and 64% said they were "almost certain to vote." The latter tally is somewhat smaller than the 70% of Biden supporters and 72% of Warren supporters who registered the highest level of intention to vote. But it's fairly healthy given that younger voters tended to support Sanders and are generally less likely to vote.Even so, respondents who said they supported Biden in the general election were just as likely as Trump supporters to say they were "very enthusiastic" or "almost certain to vote."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. Shortly afterward, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be issuing new guidance next week “that will give all new tools to our schools.” Despite Trump's increased pressure on state and local officials, New York City announced that most of its students would return to classrooms only two or three days a week and would learn online in between.
“Violent mobs can’t make decisions on behalf of everyone else.”
“We need to call slave owners out for what they are...They all need to come down”
“Needless to say, there are lots of ways to remember unpleasant history without erecting statues to the worst villains of it.”
“Every human being worth preserving blends good and bad, since human beings are complex, imperfect sinners.”
“The fact that Washington and Jefferson owned slaves should temper our admiration for them but not erase it entirely.”