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Democratic presidential candidates set sights on Houston with new campaign offices ahead of Super Tuesday

HOUSTON – Several Democratic presidential candidates are opening new campaign offices in Houston this week ahead of the March 3 primary in Texas and other states on Super Tuesday.

Senator Bernie Sanders, former Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, California businessman Tom Steyer and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, all are expanding their footprint in the Lone Star State, as part of the Democratic goal to turn Texas turn blue in 2020.

Texas will be among 14 states that will participate in Super Tuesday, and voters will decide who will represent their party in the November 2020 presidential election.

Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders, arrives to speak to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders, arrives to speak to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Sanders is opening of a new field office at 608 South Sgt. Garcia Drive Thursday, according to the campaign. The campaign is also opening new offices in Austin, San Antonio and McAllen, Texas.

Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary last week and the popular vote in the Iowa caucus.

Pete Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally at Nashua Community College, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally at Nashua Community College, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

After strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg is sending two dozen staffers to the Lone Star State, according to the Texas Tribune.

The staffers will start helping volunteers already on the ground on Monday, the campaign said. The campaign will target groups like Students for Pete and Veterans & Military Community for Pete.

Buttigieg will hold events throughout the state in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston this weekend.

Elizabeth Warren

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a gun safety forum in Las Vegas. Warren has invoked Matthew 25s verses about the least of these more than a half-dozen times in public forums since her campaign started, including at a New Hampshire town hall when she urged a less draconian immigration policy. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a gun safety forum in Las Vegas. Warren has invoked Matthew 25s verses about the least of these more than a half-dozen times in public forums since her campaign started, including at a New Hampshire town hall when she urged a less draconian immigration policy. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

With a third-place finish in Iowa and fourth place in New Hampshire, Warren is looking to appeal to Latino voters, according to NBC.

The senator launched a five-city tour last week starting in San Antonio, the hometown of former presidential candidate Julián Castro. Castro joined as a surrogate for the Warren campaign and his mother, Rosie Castro, a Civil Rights activist, was a headliner at the San Antonio event.

The Warren campaign is slated to end the tour in Houston Friday.

Warren is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Mike Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at his early vote rally at Rocketown in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at his early vote rally at Rocketown in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP) (THE TENNESSEAN)

Bloomberg is pushing to have at least 30 statewide offices, pressing forward on the plan to expand the campaign footprint into the largest operation of any Democratic presidential candidate in Texas, according to the Texas Tribune.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner endorsed the billionaire politician Bloomberg Thursday.

According to the Texas Tribune, Turner said Bloomberg’s apology for the controversial “stop and frisk” policy was key to the endorsement.

Bloomberg and Turner held an event Thursday in Houston to officially launch “Mike for Black America.” The 2020 initiative seeks to engage Black Americans on key issues important to the Black community and organize voters to defeat President Donald Trump and elect Bloomberg in November, the campaign said in a release.

Tom Steyer

Democratic presidential candidate, businessman Tom Steyer speaks during a town hall at Faith in Action's 2020 National Faith Forum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Democratic presidential candidate, businessman Tom Steyer speaks during a town hall at Faith in Action's 2020 National Faith Forum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Steyer is launching his first campaign office in Houston. The city becomes the home base of Steyer’s Texas operation.

Steyer’s Texas political director Omar El-Halwagi said the campaign is opening more offices and will make a statewide push ahead of the March 3 primary.


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