Trump says DHS cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs has been terminated
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has "terminated" top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs. U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs speaks to reporters at CISA’s Election Day Operation Center on Super Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., March 3, 2020. Less than an hour after Trump tweeted about his firing, Krebs tweeted from his personal Twitter account: "Honored to serve. "I'm proud of the work we did at CISA," Krebs told NBC News on Tuesday night after the firing. Several sources close to Krebs told NBC News in recent days that it was a matter of "when, not if" Krebs would be fired.cnbc.com
After losing big on Super Tuesday, Texas progressives hope to salvage some victories in July
(TEXAS TRIBUNE) – Judging from March, the ideological left wing of the Democratic Party in Texas should be inconsolable. Joe Biden practically locked up the Democratic presidential nomination, and progressive candidates experienced electoral drubbings. I feel really good not just about my chances, but the movement overall,” says Mike Siegel, a candidate for Texas' 10th Congressional District. He’s already endorsed at least seven Texas congressional candidates. “The progressive movement is just getting started here in Texas,” Siegel said.
Joe Biden wins Illinois Democratic primary, NBC News projects, in another blow to Bernie Sanders
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden appears at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020. Joe Biden will win the Illinois Democratic primary, NBC News projected Tuesday, notching another key win as the coronavirus pandemic drowns out the 2020 race. The former vice president will extend a commanding run in contests against Sen. Bernie Sanders after an easy victory in Florida earlier in the night. Illinois allocates 155 pledged delegates, the second biggest haul of the states voting on Tuesday. Speaking from his home in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday night, Biden said "tackling this pandemic is a national emergency akin to fighting a war."cnbc.com
Michael Bloomberg to fund independent group to boost Democrats this year
FILE PHOTO: Then-Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at his Super Tuesday night rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Bloomberg will form an independent group to help elect the Democratic presidential nominee in November, fulfilling a vow to put his $60 billion personal fortune to work even after abandoning his own White House bid on Wednesday. The independent group, whose name and budget are still being determined, will be able to spend unlimited sums as long as it does not coordinate directly with any campaign. Sanders told reporters in Burlington, Vermont, that Wall Street and Bloomberg were opening their checkbooks to support Biden. Bloombergs virtually bottomless pockets could provide a massive boost for Democrats.feeds.reuters.com
Democrats, Republicans play blame game for polling problems on Super Tuesday
Long lines, a change in polling locations and voting machines forced many to wait hours before they could cast their ballot. He said the county failed to allocate voting machines properly, mismanaged and had faulty equipment. Schecter told KPRC 2 there were only 71 polling locations in precinct 1, 84 in precinct 2, 125 in precinct 3 and 120 in precinct 4. "It’s important to the Democrats to have county-wide voting so we had to agree on all the locations. The Republicans did not want to have county-wide voting and said here’s our map if you want countywide voting, you have to agree to this map,” Schecter said.
Biden has strong Super Tuesday showing, Sanders leads in California
Fox News and AP projected Sanders won California, whose 415 delegates represent the largest haul in the nominating contest. Overall, Biden leads Sanders in delegates 294 to 234. Sanders countered with a strong showing among Latinos, young people and white men, helping him to wins in the West. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who finished well behind Sanders and Biden in most states and trailed them in her home state of Massachusetts. The pace of the Democratic race begins to accelerate after Super Tuesday, with 11 more states voting by the end of March.feeds.reuters.com
After Biden speech disrupted, U.S. lawmakers want Secret Service to protect candidates
A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed that no Democratic candidate was currently being protected. No Democratic candidate has begun the multi-step process to obtain Secret Service protection, DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift said in a statement. The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee requested Secret Service protection for both Biden and Sanders. The Secret Service provides security for the president and his family, including lifetime support for former occupants of the Oval Office. Federal law authorizes Secret Service protection for vice presidents and their families for up to six months after they leave office.feeds.reuters.com
What happens if no Democratic candidate earns enough delegates for a nomination?
Even if one candidate has more delegates than the other, that’s only a “plurality,” not a majority, per party rules. Candidates who earned delegates, but have since dropped out of the race, can try to push their delegates onto another candidate. A candidate needs to earn 2,375 delegates on subsequent ballots to win the nomination. However, having a contested convention is something the Democratic National Committee will do its best to avoid in the coming months. The last time a contested convention occurred was in 1952.
WATCH: Here are 18 videos that sum up the biggest moments from Super Tuesday in Texas and the US
https://t.co/GmkbzfoTpp -@JoshNBCNews pic.twitter.com/qKbOpmrbxp — MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 4, 20208. Voters at Texas Southern University experienced long lines... VERY long linesVoters wait in long lines at Texas Southern University. TSU wasn’t the only place with long lines. Long lines reported in Hidalgo County, Texas16.
WATCH: Jill Biden, Symone Sanders get in between protesters and Joe Biden at California rally
(CNN) – Jill Biden wasted no time when two women separately charged toward her husband Joe Biden as he spoke at his Los Angeles rally Tuesday night -- physically inserting herself into the commotion until the protesters could be escorted out. "We're OK," said Jill Biden after the protesters were removed. "We're OK."BREAKING: Protesters rush the stage toward Joe Biden during #SuperTuesday night speech; they were stopped by people near Biden. It's a good night," Joe Biden said, while standing next to Jill and his younger sister. After that event, when asked by reporters about the heckler, Jill Biden laughed and said, "I'm a good Philly girl."
Harris County DA Kim Ogg winner of Dem ticket; GOP prosecutor Mary Nan Huffman to challenge in November
HOUSTON – Incumbent Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is projected to win the Democratic nomination. Elected in 2016, Ogg is leading the investigation in the botched Harding Street Raid. The Republican contenderMary Nan Huffman widely beat out two contenders — Lloyd Wayne Oliver and Lori DeAngelo— for her party’s ticket in the race for Harris County District Attorney. Huffman served as the Montgomery County District Attorney for nearly 10 years. In 2016, Huffman named Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year and joined the Board of Directors of Children’s Safe Harbor, Texas’ seventh largest children’s assessment center.
Options trader wins big on a Super Tuesday health-care bet
Health-care stocks are surging after former Vice President Joe Biden's Super Tuesday performance put at ease investors who had been anxious about the possibility of Sen. Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic presidential nomination. That's great news for one options trader, who made a big bet on UnitedHealth snapping out of its recent run of losses. UnitedHealth was staring at losses of nearly 5% in Tuesday's session but shot higher in after-hours trading as Super Tuesday results showing a strong performance from Biden started rolling in. That is a development that will have both this trader and the health-care space as a whole breathing a sigh of relief. "The managed care space is one of the areas in the market that have been concerned about the election, and specifically those that are talking about socialized health care," said Khouw.cnbc.com
5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday
The implied gain of over 500 points for the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the open would largely reverse Tuesday's 785 point decline. The Dow closed in a correction, down over 12% since record highs on Feb. 12. Coronavirus mortality rate rises as confirmed cases around the globe continue to climbThe World Health Organization said the mortality rate for coronavirus is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%. The common flu in the U.S. has a mortality rate of 0.1%. More than 93,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, including 3,198 deaths, though the vast majority of infections and deaths are still in China, where the virus originated in late December.cnbc.com
Sanders campaign requests emergency injunction to keep Los Angeles County polls open
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at his Super Tuesday rally in Essex Junction, Vermont, U.S., March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The campaign of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders requested an emergency injunction on Tuesday asking for polls in Los Angeles County to stay open for an extra two hours after reports of delays and long lines in the Democratic primary vote. According to the request filed with Los Angeles County elections chief Dean Logan, multiple polling locations in the County have experienced extreme wait times for individuals to vote, including wait times up to four hours to cast a ballot.Los Angeles County is one of several big jurisdictions in California that used new voting machines and procedures in the Super Tuesday primary.feeds.reuters.com
AP source: Bloomberg to reassess after disappointing results
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg plans to reassess on Wednesday whether he should stay in the race after disappointing results in Tuesday's primaries. A person close to the Bloomberg campaign confirmed the deliberations. The person wasn't authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity. Bloomberg spent more than half a billion dollars on his presidential campaign. Former Vice President Joe Biden won key states like Virginia and North Carolina where Bloomberg had spent millions of dollars and campaigned heavily.
See what Texas voters think about top issues: health care, climate change and defeating Trump
(AP) – Voters in Texas’ Democratic primary ranked health care as the most important issue facing the country, well above climate change, the economy, race relations, foreign policy and many other social issues. Nearly 4 in 10 named health care, an issue that has intensely divided the field of Democratic candidates. More voters in Texas’ Democratic primary said they wanted a candidate who would bring fundamental change to Washington, rather than one who would restore the political system to how it was before Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Climate change, the economy and other issuesRoughly 2 in 10 voters said climate change is the most important issue facing the nation. The survey of 2,982 voters in Texas was conducted for seven days, concluding as polls closed.
A Biden boom and a Bloomberg bust: What the early Super Tuesday returns suggest
A BIDEN COALITIONIt appeared clear early on that Biden benefited from the last-minute endorsements from former presidential contenders Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. North Carolina and Virginia were called for Biden immediately when polls closed, with exit polls suggesting Biden was headed for decisive wins. Going into Super Tuesday, Sanders held a slight lead over Biden because of his success in earlier primaries, or nominating contests. In Virginia, for example, 64% of those who prioritized beating Trump backed Biden compared to just 16% for Sanders. Such results appeared to suggest a growing belief within the party that nominating Sanders would hand Trump a second term.feeds.reuters.com
Results: Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls’ twin brother wins Republican ticket; Dem contenders head to runoff
FORT BEND COUNTY – Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls’ twin brother, Trever won the Republican party ticket for the seat soon to be vacated by his brother, and will faceoff against a Democratic challenger in November. Troy Nehls is running for a seat in Congress and is in a runoff with challenger Kathaleen Wall, vying for the GOP nomination for outgoing Member of Congress Pete Olson’s seat. Democrats Geneane Hughes and Eric Fagan are also headed for a runoff election to determine who will get the party nomination and go up against Trever Nehls in November. See results below:DemocratsRepublicans
District 22: Troy Nehls, Kathaleen Wall in runoff for GOP ticket; Sri Preston Kulkarni wins Dem ticket
HOUSTON – A major race to watch on Super Tuesday is the race for Texas Congressional District 22 that covers most of Fort Bend County. The seat will soon be vacated by Republican Rep. Pete Olson who chose to not run for reelection. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and conservative activist Kathaleen Wall are headed for a May 26 runoff election to determine who will win the party ticket for District 22 race in November. See the results of the Texas Primary below:RepublicanDemocratAmong those vying for the Republican ticket was political newcomer Peirce Bush, grandson of President George H.W. He was the first member of his family to lose a race in Texas in more than 40 years.
Ask 2: Why are voters being separated by party during Super Tuesday?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Is it illegal to separate voters by party at the polling sites? This helps explain the long lines for some voters rather than others. For example, if the parties have decided on 10 Democratic voting machines and 10 Republican voting machines at a polling place, the lines will be much longer for one party versus the other if there are many more voters from a particular party. Torres said there are extra voting machines in reserve that are available to help alleviate long lines, but the parties must make a request for them to be deployed.
Beto O’Rourke takes Democratic candidate Joe Biden to Whataburger for true Texas experience
HOUSTON – What’s more Texas than Whataburger? Beto O’Rourke posted a Facebook Live of him and Democratic candidate Joe Biden chowing down at Whataburger for a true Texas experience in Dallas. Biden and O’Rourke were greeted with cheers as they entered the fast-food restaurant. Posted by Beto O'Rourke on Monday, March 2, 2020Biden and O’Rouke also spoke to guests and gave out autographs. “And in Joe Biden we have that man.”Biden held a rally in Houston at Texas Southern University before he headed to Dallas for another rally Monday night.
How to watch the Super Tuesday election results
More than 30% of all Democratic delegates will be awarded in the nominating contests on Tuesday, March 3, known as Super Tuesday. Voters from the giant states of Texas and California are among those in 14 states going to the polls on Super Tuesday. How to watch Super Tuesday election resultsDate: Tuesday, March 3, 2020. ETCaliforniaVoters in American Samoa and Democrats abroad will also cast primary ballots on Super Tuesday. The delegate count going into Super Tuesday is Sanders with 56 delegates, Biden with 54 delegates and Warren with 8 delegates.cbsnews.com
Joe Biden wins Massachusetts primary, NBC News projects, a crushing blow to Elizabeth Warren
Former Vice President Joe Biden will win the Massachusetts Democratic primary, according to an NBC News projection. The result is a crushing blow to rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who represents the state. Just a handful of Democratic presidential candidates competed in Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, when 14 states hold their primary elections. A WBUR poll released less than a week before the Bay State primary showed Sanders, the overall front-runner heading into Super Tuesday, edging out Warren. Political commentators were writing off Biden's White House bid as recently as mid-February, following a string of lackluster performances in the first few primary states.cnbc.com
'Fox & Friends' to broadcast from Midtown restaurant with Super Tuesday results
'Fox & Friends' to broadcast from Midtown restaurant with Super Tuesday resultsFox News correspondent Todd Piro will be live from Midtown Bar & Grill on Weds., March 4, 2020. Fox News correspondent Todd Piro will be live from Midtown Bar & Grill on Weds., March 4, 2020. Photo: Courtesy Photo: Courtesy Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close 'Fox & Friends' to broadcast from Midtown restaurant with Super Tuesday results 1 / 1 Back to GalleryFox News is set to broadcast from Houston on Wednesday morning. Piro will discuss the results of Super Tuesday, the 2020 election and the news of the day with customers. The segment will be featured on the "Fox & Friends" show, which airs at 5 a.m. weekdays on the Fox News Channel.chron.com
On the trail: Buttigieg drops White House bid as Democrats look to Super Tuesday
(Reuters) - Pete Buttigieg dropped his bid for the White House on Sunday, shaking up the race for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican President Donald Trump in Novembers election just days before the 14-state Super Tuesday contest. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announces his withdrawal from the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during an event in South Bend, Indiana, U.S., March 1, 2020. The candidate who wins in California has an excellent chance to win the Democratic nomination, Sanders declared to cheers. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announces his withdrawal from the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during an event in South Bend, Indiana, U.S., March 1, 2020. Klobuchar, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will also be crisscrossing Super Tuesday states on Monday.feeds.reuters.com
What is on the ballot for Texans on Super Tuesday?
HOUSTON – The Texas primary is fast approaching on March 3 and the Lone Star State will be among 14 states holding primaries on the same day — giving it the name, Super Tuesday. Several big races will be on Texans’ ballots including Sen. John Cornyn’s U.S. Senate seat, Railroad Commissioner and several Texas Senate and House districts.ButtigiegAs the March 3 Primary is inching closer, here are some of the races to watch this Super Tuesday, according to the Texas Tribune. PresidentDemocrat Republican Joe BidenMichael BloombergPete ButtgiegJulian CastroTulsi GabbardAmy KlobucharBernie SandersTom SteyerElizabeth WarrenRobby Wells Donald Trump (Incumbent)Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente GuerraZoltan G. IstvanMatthew John MaternBob ElyJoe WalshBill WeldU.S. SenateDemocrat Republican Chris BellMichael CooperAmanda EdwardsJack Daniel Foster, Jr.Annie “Mama” GarciaVictor Hugo HarrisMary “MJ” HegarSema HernandezD.R. HunterAdrian OceguedaCristina Tzinztun RamirezRoyce West John Cornyn (Incumbent)Virgil BierschwaleJohn Anthony CastroDwayne StovallMark YanceyRailroad CommissionerDemocrat Republican Roberto R. “Beto" AlonzoChrysta CastanedaKelly StoneMark Watson Ryan Sitton (Incumbent)James “Jim” WrightSupreme Court of Texas Chief JusticeDemocrat Republican Amy Clark MeachumJerry Zimmerer Nathan Hecht (Incumbent)Supreme Court of Texas, Place 3Democrat Republican William Pieratt DemondElizabeth Davis FrizellDan Wood Bert Richardson (Incumbent)Gina ParkerSupreme Court of Texas, Place 4Democrat Republican Tina ClintonSteven Miears Kevin Patrick Yeary (Incumbent)Supreme Court of Texas, Place 6Democrat Republican Kathy ChengLarry Praeger Jane Bland (Incumbent)Supreme Court of Texas, Place 7Democrat Republican Brandy VossStaci Williams Jeff Boyd (Incumbent)Supreme Court of Texas, Place 8Democrat Republican Peter KellyGisela D. Triana Brett Busby (Incumbent)Supreme Court of Texas, Place 9Democrat Republican Brandon Birmingham David NewellU.S. House, District 7Democrat Republican Lizzie Fletcher Maria EspinozaWesley HuntJim NotewareKyle PrestonLaique RehmanCindy SiegelTexas House, District 25Democrat Republican Patrick Henry Troy T. BrimageRo’Vin GarrettRhonda SethMitch ThamesCody Thane VasutTexas House, District 26Democrat Republican Lawrence Allen Jr.L. “Sarah” DeMerchantSuleman LalaniRish Oberoi Leonard N. ChanJacey JettonMatt MorganTexas House, District 132Democrat Republican Gina Calanni Angelica GarciaMike ScholfieldTexas House, District 134Democrat Republican Lanny BoseAnn JohnsonRuby Powers Sarah Davis (Incumbent)Texas House, District 135Democrat Republican Jon E. Rosenthal (Incumbent) Merrilee Rosene BeazleyJustin RayTexas House, District 138
Pro-Biden super PAC plans Super Tuesday investment as former vice president attempts comeback
The PAC will first target voters in Alabama and North Carolina with radio and digital ads. The PAC has also started to acquire donors who were backing other primary contenders, this person noted. In January, the pro-Biden PAC raised just over $4 million and spent $3.8 million, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. The move by the super PAC comes as Biden is looking to pick up his first primary victory in South Carolina and trying to find momentum into next week's Super Tuesday contests. Biden is looking to overtake Sanders while he continues to lead in most polls and in the delegate count.cnbc.com
Mike Bloomberg's momentum stalls in presidential polls ahead of Super Tuesday vote
2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has stalled in national polls ahead of Super Tuesday. He's hovered around the 15% mark since a week before the Nevada debate, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in the lead in Minnesota, her home state, with 29%, according to the latest poll conducted between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20. North Carolina : Bloomberg remains in third place with 17%, up slightly from 16% in a poll conducted between Feb. 12 and Feb. 18. He trails Biden, who has 23%, and Sanders, who has 20%, according to the most recent poll conducted from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24.cnbc.com
Early voting starts Tuesday in Texas. Here’s what you need to know.
Early voting starts Tuesday in Texas, with polls opening up across the state for voters to cast their ballots in the March primary. For Texans who don't want to cast their ballots early, the state’s primary election day is March 3. Voters can cast ballots in either the Democratic or Republican primary, or go to third-party conventions later this year. There are hundreds of candidates vying for positions across the state, so check out The Texas Tribune's primary election ballot guide for more. But in order to cast a vote at the polls, voters will need to be eligible and know where to go.
Bloomberg's campaign hires 500 staffers in over 30 states
Michael Bloomberg is wasting no time building out his campaign's ground game, with 500 organizers and staff in more than 30 states, including all 14 of the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states, his campaign told NBC News. The ramp-up both in staff and in spending on TV ads has been quick. "Our campaign is building the most robust national organization and infrastructure to beat Donald Trump," said Dan Kanninen, Bloomberg's states director. The Super Tuesday states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. The general election battleground states of Michigan and Florida have nine and 17 offices, respectively.cnbc.com
Bloomberg is crushing all other 2020 Democrats with his ad spending in Super Tuesday states
While other Democratic candidates battle it out in early voting states such as Iowa, Bloomberg is focused on "Super Tuesday" states holding primaries on March 3, 2020. These early primary contests are set for February, while the later state battles are far richer in delegates. While Bloomberg has largely passed on early voting states, these areas have drawn 58% of the total TV ad spend from Bloomberg's Democratic opponents. In total, 39% of Bloomberg's TV spend to date is going toward ads in Super Tuesday states. Among the front-runners, only Sanders (25% of his total TV spend) has committed a significant amount of his dollars to Super Tuesday states.cnbc.com
What could stop Donald Trump from GOP nomination?
CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson and CBS News contributor and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan join “CBS This Morning" to discuss results of Super Tuesday and Donald Trump's domination of the GOP races so far.cbsnews.com
Clinton ahead of Sanders going into Super Tuesday
In the Democratic race, the CBS News Battleground Tracker poll shows Hillary Clinton has a big lead in three key Super Tuesday states, including in Virginia where she’s leading by 20 points. This comes on the heels of her blowout win in South Carolina Saturday where she beat Bernie Sanders 73 to 26. Those numbers may be the reason she's ignoring Sanders almost completely while campaigning, training her fire instead on the Republican candidates. Nancy Cordes reports.cbsnews.com
CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll: Super Tuesday Edition
With two days left until Super Tuesday, CBS News Director of elections Anthony Salvanto breaks down the candidate momentum behind the latest campaign numbers. With Trump leading in every Super Tuesday state except Texas, voters have signed onto his message regardless of Cruz’s illustrated conservatism. While the race is not over on the Democratic side, Super Tuesday could help Clinton clinch the nomination.cbsnews.com
Rubio and Cruz rip Trump in nastiest debate yet
The final Republican debate before Super Tuesday was more like a heavyweight fight, with Marco Rubio as the hard-hitting underdog. Rubio and Ted Cruz hit frontrunner Donald Trump with a verbal flurry. Major Garrett reports from University of Houston, the site of the debate.cbsnews.com
Clinton leads Sanders in South Carolina
As the countdown to Super Tuesday begins, Hillary Clinton is holding a 28-point lead over Bernie Sanders in Saturday[s primary in South Carolina. CBS News senior political editor Steve Chaggaris joins CBSN to discuss whether she can hold this momentum moving forward to Super Tuesday.cbsnews.com