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September 2020

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5United StatesDelaware. Democrat who opposed marriage equality defeated in a landslide primary by a gay drag queen
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9United States Donald Trump announces a new list of twenty candidates he plans to place in the Supreme Court, including Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz.
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5Japan Yoshihide Suga wins the Liberal Democratic Party leadership election and replaces Shinzo Abe as party leader. He is likley to replace Abe as Japan's Prime Minister shortly.
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7United StatesNew Hampshire. An anarcho-capitalist Satanist transmedicalist won the GOP nomination for county sheriff running on anti-police campaign
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6United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal drops out of the race against Republican QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor GreeneWikipedia, for "personal and family reasons" and is moving out of state. Georgia's Deputy Secretary of State has confirmed that it's too late to replace Van Ausdal on the ballot, which basically ensures Greene's victory in November. (To be clear, a dem win was a long shot: The districtWikipedia likes Republicans. 76% of votes went to the Republican in 2018.)
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1Jamaica The conservative Labour Party wins a landslide victory in Jamaican general elections
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15United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). The ACLU has published a damning report on how the Georgia state government has spent the better half of a decade quietly and illegally purging hundreds of thousands of registered voters
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11United StatesNorth Carolina. To ensure the liberal commies don't rig the election with mail-in voting, Trump encouraged his supporters to vote twice
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9United States The DHS withheld an intelligence bulletin in July that pointed out that Russia was likely to attack US presidential candidates based on their mental fortitude, which matches the Republican attacks done on Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
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8United States Robert F Kennedy's grandson, Joseph Kennedy, has been defeated in the primary to be the Democratic Party's nominee for Massachusetts Senator.
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6United States An appeals court has granted Trump's request to delay access to his financial records, while he appeals the ruling requiring the records be handed over to the Manhattan District Attorney. The matter is expected to be argued before the court in late September/early October.

August 2020

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3MontenegroSerbia In Montenegro, the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists faces a tough challenge, winning only 35% of seats while the pro-Serbian opposition wins 32.5%, meaning they could feasibly form a government if it can reach consensus with Montenegro's other two opposition parties
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10United States The NBA and the basketball players' union have agreed to work with election officials to turn its arenas into polling stations
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8United States Donald Trump, while breaking the lawWikipedia, has accepted his nomination to become the 2020 Republican Party candidate for the 2020 presidential election.
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0United StatesIowa. A judge in Iowa has ruled in favor of the Trump Administration, and voided 50,000 returned and 90,000 mailed but not yet returned absentee ballot request forms in Linn County. This was due to the county prefilling personal information on the forms that were mailed to people, which violated instructions from the Iowa Secretary of State. Linn County is expected to be a competitive one in the November election, and suffered significant damage during the derecho in early August.
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8United StatesWashington. Postal Service workers are reinstalling mail sorting machines in defiance of USPS orders
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6United Kingdom Ed Davey has been elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats. He had been acting leader since December when Jo Swinson lost her seat in the 2019 general election.
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20United States Trump supporter Mary Ann Mendoza, member of Trump's campaign advisory board and a so-called "Angel Mom," had her scheduled speech at the Republican National Convention cancelled after she urged people on Twitter to read an antisemetic, QAnon-linked conspiracy theory about how the Jews are plotting to control the world. Despite urging her followers to read the thread, she later said the hadn't read all the posts in it, which included claims that Hillary Clinton is a "Satanic High Priestess" and that Barack Obama's house smells like sulfur, because, as Alex Jones claims, he's connected to the devil and hell. Mendoza has also used Twitter to post other nonsense involving claims that George Soros, the Rothschilds and the United Nations are conspiring to implement a one world government in the United States.
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5United States This has been a record year for primary challengers, with seven House of Representatives incumbents defeated and many primaries still to go in September. The last time the House saw so many incumbents defeated was during the Watergate scandal in 1974, with eight incumbents defeated.
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6United Kingdom According to a study, the Tories used disinformation "with new levels of impunity" during the 2019 general election
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5United States In spite of campaign promises, the Biden campaign is backing off the party platform's deficit spending and moving towards austerity for the poor
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9United States According to an email leak, USPS managers has instructed its workers to not reconnect or reinstall any mail sorting machines that have been previously disconnected
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9United States It's official: Joe Biden is the 2020 Democratic Party candidate for the 2020 presidential election.
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10United StatesRight-wing nut job Laura Loomer wins Republican primary, in the Florida district that happens to include Mar-a-Lago.
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14United States Michelle Obama says, "We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it."
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7New Zealand New Zealand's general election is postponed from 19 September to 17 October due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
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6United StatesOregon. USPS removes mailboxes in Portland and Eugene citing declining mail volume
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10United StatesCalifornia. Democrat representative Ro Khanna will vote against the platform for not including provisions for Medicare for All and otherwise being inadequate to address healthcare issues.
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5United StatesMassachusetts. Centrist Democrats engineer accusations of improper sexual relationship with students against openly gay primary challanger Alex MorseWikipedia
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13United StatesMinnesota. Ilhan Omar wins a controversial primary, defeating a well-funded challenger
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2United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Racist QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Republican run off election to represent the party in the November general election. She's basically assured to win the very conservative 14th Congressional District in Georgia.
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14United States Joe Biden selects Kamala Harris as his running mate.
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10Belarus A TV exit poll said that Alexander Lukashenko, sometimes called Europe's last dictator, had probably been reelected as president of Belarus. Protests and clashes with riot police followed.UPDATE: Alexander Lukashenko has been officially reelected in a landslide victory, gaining 80% of the vote. His main opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, refuses to concede defeat. Further update: Tikhanovskaya flees the country "for the sake of her children"
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6Bolivia Thousands of Bolivians go on strike to protest election delay, with calls for the resignation of the coup-installed president Jeanine Áñez
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5United StatesHawaii. Kai Kahele wins primary for Hawaii seat formerly held by Tulsi Gabbard
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7United States The Fascist in Chief's aides and advisors are exploring ways to use executive orders to interfere with vote by mail.
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7United States Facebook employees concerned with the company's ability to deal with electoral misinformation, amidst growing evidence that the company gives preference for right-wing pages
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7United States Kanye West won't deny that he's intending to act as a spoilerWikipedia in the 2020 presidential election.
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11United StatesMissouri. Progressive candidate, Cori Bush, defeats a 20-year Democratic incumbent in a Missouri primary
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9 United StatesTrump campaign halts TV ads while it reviews electoral strategy
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8United States CNN (video) and Washington Post fact check Trump's healthcare policies - something about a new healthcare plan in 2 weeks .....

July 2020

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24United States Trump wants the 2020 election to be delayed, citing mail-in voting fraud. Update: Republicans flat out reject the proposal to delay the election.
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12Suriname The people of Suriname did not reelect a convicted murderer as their president.
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12United States New poll shows that Joe Biden leads Trump in key states
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9 BoliviaThe Bolivian elections have been postponed by the interim president that rose to power by a unlawful coup, possibly due to the leftist candidate being ahead in the polls
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12United States Trump cancels the Republican Convention events in Jacksonville, Florida after a significant spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
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2United States Donald Trump orders Census to not count undocumented immigrants when awarding Congressional seats
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8United States Donald Trump declines to say to say he will accept the election's results: "I have to see"
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6United States Anti-abortion Republican John Kasich has been invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Joe Biden's behalf next month
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16United StatesTrump replaces his campaign manager, Brad Parscale. Parscale had been held responsible for the Tulsa rally debacle last month.
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14United States Kanye West reportedly has dropped out of the Presidential election. UPDATE? Maybe he's in again? The Guardian reports Kanye has paid the required fee and filed the paperwork to appear as an Independent on the 2020 ballot in Oklahoma.
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-8Poland Polish President Andrzej DudaWikipedia of the right-wing Law and JusticeWikipedia party has been reelected in a tight race.
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5 United States Hip-hop artist Kanye West Ye has announced he is running for President, saying: "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future".
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13 the World An edit war is going on in the Wikipedia page of Kamala Harris, the most likely contender for vice-president for Joe Biden, deleting unflattering portions.
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16RussiaVladimir Putin is projected to win a constitutional referendum that could allow him to remain in power until 2036. Inconsistencies have been noted though, with Putin declaring victory 5 hours before polls closed and opposition groups claiming their exit polls show a much tighter result.

June 2020

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4United KingdomIndependent councillor Melanie Baddeley who used to be a councillor for the BNP, has been chosen to take the largely ceremonial role of lord mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. Her term would last a year.
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4Ireland Irish Traveller activist Eileen Flynn has been nominated by Taoiseach Micheál Martin to be one of the eleven senators that are directly chosen by the taoiseach. This is the first time that someone of Irish traveller background has been nominated or voted to the Oireachtas [Irish parliament].
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16United StatesSanders-backed progressives have returned with vengeance in the democratic primaries on Tuesday.
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16United StatesNew York. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cruises to primary victory, in a election in which the candidates spent millions of dollars
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8NiueWhen two candidates on the tiny Pacific island of Niue both get the exact same number of votes, a coin toss decides who gets to become a Member of Parliament.
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20United StatesOklahoma. A campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first that Donald Trump has held since the coronavirus lockdown began, fails to draw the expected crowds.
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6IrelandFianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens have agreed provisionally to form a coalition government for the next Dáil [parliament]. In the agreement, Leo Varadkar has agreed to step down as Taoiseach [prime minister] and pass the mantle to the leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin, and for him to become Tánaiste [deputy prime minister] for two years. Updated: It has now been agreed, and so Micheál Martin will be the next taoiseach.
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12PolandSpeaking to supporters ahead of the June 28th election, Polish President Andrzej Duda calls LGBT rights activism an ideology even more destructive than communism.
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10United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). In spite of massive primary problems, voter turnout soared in Georgia with nearly a million votes cast in the Senate primary, the triple of the 2016 numbers
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9United StatesTrump says he will leave White House if Biden wins. Meanwhile the GOP recruits army of poll watchers to fight "voter fraud"
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10United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Long lines that didn't move for hours, failed voting machines, a lack of backup ballots, and consolidated polling locations mar the June 2020 Georgia primary. The Secretary of State has announced intentions of launching an investigation in to the issues. Voting precinct hours have been extended at several locations due to the issues.
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5United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Nevada. North Dakota. South Carolina. West Virginia. Five states hold primaries today: Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia
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3United States All but assured: Joe Biden now has the needed 1,991 delegates to to be come the de facto nominee 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate nominee. (It still needs to be formally confirmed at the party convention in August, but it's pretty much assured.)
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6PolandConcerns about the democratic standards of the upcoming presidential elections in Poland has led the OSCEWikipedia to employ election observers.
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12United StatesJoe Biden's lead against Trump is growing wider, surpassing Hillary Clinton at this point back in 2016.
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21United StatesIowa. Years of racist behavior finally caught up with Iowa white supremacist Steve King, who was defeated in the Congressional primary election by state senator Randy Feenstra.
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13United StatesNorth Carolina. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper rejects Republican National Convention plan for 50,000 attendees, while not requiring face masks or social distancing.

May 2020

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26United StatesDonald Trump tweets that sending out mail-in ballots in California will lead to widespread voter fraud, That becomes the first ever of Trump's tweets to be given a fact-check warning label by Twitter. Trump then accuses Twitter of interfering in the US presidential election. He even threatens to close it down.
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11FranceThe first openly transgender mayor is elected in France.
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13United StatesFlorida. Judge rules that Florida can't block felons from registering to vote because of unpaid fines
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9United StatesOregon. A QAnon supporter, Jo Rea Perkins has won the Republican primary and will face Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley for a federal Senate seat in November. This is the 7th QAnon supporter to make it onto the 3 November, ballot, nationwide.
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8United StatesMichigan. Justin Amash will not run for president in a third party ticket for the Libertarian Party.
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2United StatesCalifornia. Republican Mike GarciaWikipedia wins the special election to fill Katie Hill'sWikipedia California US House seat for the remainder of her term. He'll face off against Democrat Christy SmithWikipedia again in November for the seat's next full 2 year term.

April 2020

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8United StatesJoe Biden shows off his progressive cred by hiring infamous neoliberal Wall Street oligarch Larry Summers as his economic advisor
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3United StatesMichigan. Justin Amash (I-MI)Wikipedia is running for president as a Libertarian, in 2020... Who is asking for this? Seriously, why?
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13United StatesNew York. New York state officials effectively 'cancel' their 2020 Democratic presidential primary election, by removing all options from the ballot aside from Joe Biden, thus making it a moot point. Sanders isn't particularly happy. Note: The 23 June election is still on for various state and local elections in New York.
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7United StatesNew evidence emerges supporting Tara Reade's accusation against Biden
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18United StatesStudy: Elderly Trump voters dying of coronavirus could cost him in November: An academic journal projects that deaths of 65-and-over Republican voters in several swing states will far exceed those of Democrats.
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6United StatesArizona. Florida. Michigan. North Carolina. Pennsylvania. Wisconsin. In new polls, Trump and Biden are deadlocked in six key states with voters split over both candidate preference and over which candidate could better handle the pandemic and the economic crisis with Trump having a small lead
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5Israel A Israeli coalition government deal between Likud and Blue and White seems imminent with the Labor Party's leadership seeking to join in the coalition. The coalition deal is controversial due to various clauses that protect Netanyahu from criminal indictment (which would trigger new elections) and undermine the Kessnet's Judicial Selection Committee and other parliamentary committees.
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10South Korea The ruling Democratic Party of KoreaWikipedia wins a landslide victory for the National Assembly
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7United States Elizabeth Warren has become the last major nominee to endorse Joe Biden. Asked on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on whether Warren would happily take the offer of being his running mate, she said yes.
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19United StatesWisconsin. Want some good news? Liberal Jill Karofsky beats conservative Justice Daniel Kelly in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, shifting the court's balance to a 4-3 conservative majority and opening the possibility to it turning liberal in the 2023 election.
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12United StatesBernie Sanders has endorsed Joe Biden for president.
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9United States It's over. Bernie Sanders announces he will drop out of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary.
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2Ireland The Dáil to sit in convention centre to elect new Taoiseach, while Fine Gael is ready to agree for a government formation with Fianna Fáil.
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2United StatesWisconsin. Okay, there's a lot to unpack here... Governor issued an executive order to suspend the in-person voting, and move the 7 April election to 9 June. The Wisconsin GOP challenged this to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, who ruled that the primary must occur on 7 April, 2020. In a separate lawsuit, SCOTUS ruled against an extension to the deadline for absentee ballots; which lower federal courts had moved to 13 April. Due to the SCOTUS ruling, for a ballot to be counted, it must be turned in or postmarked by 7 April. (This is important, because it's been a struggle to get ballots out the door, due to record number of requests.)
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16United States Republicans openly admit to supporting voter suppression by opposing the Democrats' efforts to restore voting rights
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4United States Libertarian Party candidate for president, Former Rhode Island governor and senator, Lincoln ChafeeWikipedia has dropped out.
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9United StatesTexas. Texas Democrats launch a lawsuit against the state's extremely strict election laws, which could prevent millions from casting absentee ballots
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12United Kingdom Keir Starmer has been elected leader of the Labour Party, replacing Jeremy Corbyn. Angela Rayner has also been elected as Labour's deputy leader.

March 2020

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6United StatesFlorida. Republicans rage as Florida becomes a nightmare for Trump due that former Governor Rick Scott, who stole millions from Medicare, implemented reforms that made it hard for people to get unemployment benefits
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5United StatesWisconsin. Against all reason, and a stay-at-home order, Wisconsin is moving forward with its 7 April primary, including in-person voting. A record number of voters requested absentee ballots, swamping the elections commission. UPDATE: A federal judge has extended the deadline for absentee voting through 13 April, also requires release of results to be delayed until at least 4pm on 13 April. UPDATE 2:SCOTUS overturned this entire thing. Please see April 2020.
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4United StatesWisconsin. The Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to August 17. Further the DNC may make additional changes to the format and schedule depending on the situation in August.
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10United States Havard study analyzes 6.8 million tweets and finds that the "Bernie Bros" are a myth and Sanders supporters act pretty much the same as everyone else
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4United StatesOhio. Ohio's legislature has decided to solve the 17 March primary's postponement, by eliminating the in person voting day, and extending vote by mail to 28 April.
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13United StatesTara Reade, former Biden assistant, comes forward with accusations of sexual assault against him. (content warning, graphic description of sexual assault). The #metoo legal fund organization, Time's Up, apparently refused to fund her case because attacking a politician might endanger their non-profit status
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-4United StatesTulsi Gabbard quits the race for the Democratic nomination, and endorses Joe Biden.
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6United StatesArizona. Illinois. Florida. March 17 Dem. primary results: Joe Biden wins all three contests, however there was active voter suppression by voting laws in Arizona and pressure by irresponsible Democratic Party officials to not postpone the primaries
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3United StatesAnd the 2020 Republican Party presidential nomination comes to an end, with Donald Trump securing more than the needed 1,276 delegates to for the GOP nomination.
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6United StatesKentucky. Coming on the heels of Ohio's announcement about moving their primary, Kentucky's Secretary of State has recommended moving the 19 May primary to 23 June.
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5United StatesOhio. The day before its 17 March primary, Ohio announces it will attempt to move the primary to 2 June. We say attempt, because technically the governor can't do it, only the legislator or courts can, so the state is asking the court to do so. UPDATE: Judge rejects state's request to move primary.UPDATE 2: Ohio's Director of Health has signed an Emergency health order closing polls on Tuesday, 17 March.
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5United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). The State of Georgia has postponed their primary due to the coronavirus. The primary that was scheduled for 24 March, will now take place on 19 May.
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7Israel Unsurprisingly, the Israeli elections wield no majority for any party. Blue and White leader, Benny Gantz, is trying to form a center-left coaltion with Yisrael Beiteinu and the Labor Party, although he's facing setbacks by trying to court the Arab-majority Joint List.UPDATE: Gantz succeeding in getting the Joint List to sign on, giving him the 61 seats needed to form a government
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2United StatesLouisiana. Louisiana postpones primary due to health risk
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2United Statesthe District of Columbia. Due to coronavirus concerns, the DNC has moved the 15 March debate to Washington DC to reduce travel, additionally the debate will not have a live audience or the spin roomWikipedia. Moderator Jorge Ramos will skip the debate; he was in contact with someone who had contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
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4United StatesIn another round of primaries, Joe Biden wins the states of Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho. Bernie Sanders wins North Dakota. Washington is still being counted, with Biden currently leading. Meanwhile, former contender Andrew Yang endorses Biden, stating that he believes Biden is more likely to win the nomination. UPDATE: Biden wins Washington.
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5United States How the 2020 race became the dementia campaign as supporters of both Joe Biden and Donald Trump mudsling the opposite candidate with accusations of being senile
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7United States The DNC adopts rules for the 10th debate that accurately reflect the fact no-one gives a fuck what Tulsi Gabbard has to say.
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16United States A new economic analysis shows that Bernie Sanders' Medicare For All would likely increase wages and create jobs
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12United StatesArizona. Outcry after a man brings a Nazi flag to a Bernie Sanders' Arizona rally, the first Jewish presidential candidate raising concerns about safety (non paywalled report)
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12United States Elizabeth Warren has dropped out.
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5United States Some states have made it harder for college students to vote which will have a negative impact for the Democratic nominee in November.
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17United States The experiment has failed. Michael Bloomberg has dropped out of the race, after spending $500 million, and only getting 44 delegates to show for it.
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4United States Super Tuesday: Joe Biden wins 11 states and Bernie Sanders wins 6 states (including California), with 1 state still too close to call. Meanwhile, Warren and Bloomberg fail to finish above 3rd in any states, and Michael Bloomberg only manages to win American Samoa after spending $500 million of his own fortune on the race. You can see here the popular vote.
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4United States In an internal memo, the campaign of Elizabeth Warren admits they are aiming for a brokered convention.
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5United StatesIowa. Iowa Democrats vote to certify the caucus results without correcting all errors
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5Israel This will never end.
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3United States The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders for president in 2020.
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9United StatesLess than 24 hours from Super Tuesday, Amy Klobuchar announces she is ending her presidential run, and is expected to endorse Joe Biden at a Texas rally Monday evening.
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15United StatesFollowing a poor showing at South Carolina, "Mayor Pete" Buttigieg has announced his withdrawal from the race.
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4Israel According to a new poll, as many as 400,000 Israelis might stay away from the polls at the next election over coronavirus fears
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10United States Bernie Sanders raised a staggering $46 million in February

February 2020

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14United StatesTom Steyer drops out of the 2020 race.
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3United StatesSouth Carolina. Biden wins in South Carolina, taking 255 thousands votes, with Bernie Sanders in 2nd place, with 105 thousand votes. Biden and Sanders are the only candidates to win state delegates. (full report of results).
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4United Kingdom Keir StarmerWikipedia and Angela RaynerWikipedia will be the Labour Party's new leader and deputy leader respectively, according to the third and final YouGov poll for the race. Starmer is expected to win in the first round with a massive +22% margin over any other candidate, and Rayner is expected to win the second round with a far larger definitive +33%. However, Starmer has promised jobs in the Shadow Cabinet for both Long-Bailey and Nandy, saying that the relatively friendly and passive leadership race "bodes well for the Labour party".
Ballots will close at noon on April 2nd, and the result will be announced on April 4th.
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11United States Oligarch Michael Bloomberg's paid "volunteers" are telling voters to support other candidates
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18United StatesNevada. Bernie Sanders claims what looks to be a landslide victory in the Nevada caucuses. Going by exit polls, his support was driven by young people and Latinos.
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12United StatesNew Hampshire. In the New Hampshire primary, poor towns voted heavily for Bernie Sanders while rich towns did the opposite
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3United Kingdom"This unfair charge should be abolished – not increased by another £1,000 at the 11th hour" - Complaints are mounting from Labour candidates who are frustrated about the party charging fees to access membership data, data which will now be delayed, as well as more expensive than originally believed.
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3United KingdomIt's official - only 2020 Labour leadership candidates Lisa Nandy, Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey will be moving on to the membership ballot, as it is physically impossible for Emily Thornberry to pass the second round of nominations. Keir Starmer led significantly in initial membership polls, but it is yet to be seen if this early success will continue as the three leadership candidates battle for votes.
Meanwhile, all five candidates for Deputy leadership to pass the first round of nominations will make it onto the membership ballot: Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner, Ian Murray, Rosena Allin-Khan, and Richard Burgon. Angela Rayner led so significantly in early polls that she would have immediately won the first round with 60%+ of the votes, so the other candidates have a hard time winning hearts and minds even if her support has fallen since.
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5United StatesGuess who's the new Democratic frontrunner? Guess!
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12United StatesNew Hampshire. After getting under 1% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has dropped out of 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination race.
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11United StatesNew Hampshire. Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary by popular vote. He ties with Pete Buttigieg in delegate count with 9 each, while Amy Klobuchar came in third with 6 delegates.
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15United StatesNew Hampshire. On the day of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Senator Michael Bennett both exit the race.
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9United KingdomA grassroots organisation in support of trans rights and actively condemning transphobic hate groups LGB Alliance and Women's Place UK has launched inside the Labour Party, and has already received 3,450+ signatories from verified trans / trans ally Labour councillors, members, and MPs, including 2020 Leadership candidates Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy, and Deputy Leadership candidates Angela Rayner and Dawn Butler. As with any heartwarming story by and about trans people, TERFs immediately tried to force themselves into it by starting definitely-not-astroterfed Twitter hashtag '#ExpelMe' claiming to be members of the Labour Party asking to be expelled due to the party's takeover by the evil transes.
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7IrelandThe seat totals for the 2020 Ireland general election are here: Out of 160 seats in the Dáil, 38 seats for Fianna Fáil, 37 seats for Sinn Féin, and 35 seats for Fine Gael - in FP vote percentage, Sinn Féin beats all other parties by +2.3%. A shocking outcome for Sinn Féin, who weren't initially projected to make any significant gain from 2016, managing a colossal +11% swing.
CORRECTION: It's actually 37 (+ 1) for Fianna Fáil, as their Ceann ComhairleWikipedia was not put up for election (and, of course, is not allowed to vote barring ties) - so it's more accurate to say it's a tie between SF/FF in seat totals.
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6IrelandShocking poll gains have translated to shocking election results in Ireland, as the top three parties - left-wing Sinn Féin and centrist Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - are at a complete tie at 22% in the exit poll, meaning an incredible +9% swing for Sinn Féin and a humiliating loss for the sitting party, Fine Gael. It is yet to be seen how this will translate to seats, (or if the vote percentage will be exactly the same as indicated when results are released) but it is all but impossible for any of the three lead parties to get into power without forming a coalition with another.
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14United StatesRepublican primary candidate Joe Walsh drops out, calling the GOP "a cult" and promising to support whoever the Democrats nominate for the presidency.
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7United StatesHillary Clinton is still desperate for attention, just in case you were wondering if she would stop
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12United StatesMichael Bloomberg is revealed to have plagiarized much of his campaign platform from research publications, media sources and policy groups.
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11United StatesIowa. With 97% of precincts now reported in, the Iowa caucus is essentially a flat tie with a shared 26% between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, with Pete barely leading by a 0.14% margin with 3 delegates. However, Sanders has claimed victory, saying the popular vote is in his favour by 6000 votes. Warren remains third at 18%, and Biden remains fourth at 16%.
In other news, after only getting 1% in the Iowa caucus, Andrew Yang is laying off staff...
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11United StatesIowa. The first results from the Iowa caucuses are (finally) in: it's a knife fight between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, with the former narrowly leading in delegates won and the latter narrowly leading in number of votes. Elizabeth Warren took third, Joe Biden fourth, and Amy Klobuchar fifth.
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15United States'Chaos' as the first results in the Democratic Party's Iowa caucuses are delayed due to "inconsistencies".
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5IrelandWith less than a week to go, a new poll by the Business Post newspaper has raised eyebrows by putting Sinn Féin in tied first place with the Fianna Fáil at 24%, with Fine Gael at 21%. This is a first poll ever that has put neither the two main establishment parties in poll-place.
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9United KingdomFlag of Scotland.svg A YouGov poll has found, for the first time since early 2015, more people in Scotland want to leave the UK than stay. UPDATE: This has been backed up by another poll from Panelbase, putting Yes at a slightly larger percentage. (52:48 vs. 51:49)
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8United KingdomIn the first post-election YouGov Westminster poll, 51% of people would still vote for a party other than the Conservatives if an election was held tomorrow. However, they are still +20% ahead of the opposition party, Labour, who are at 29%, a -4% drop from the popular vote in the general election.

January 2020

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2European UnionUnited KingdomAs a result of Brexit, British MEPs no longer exist.(relevant link absent)
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4United StatesHey, you know how the debate stage was shrinking, and we were all kind of happy about that? Well it's growing again. DNC rule change will allow Michael Bloomberg to take the stage starting with the 19 February debate.
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8United States John Delaney drops out.
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16United States A recent Gallup poll shows that bipartisan polarization on Trump has reached an 82% approval ratings gap, the worst in the poll's history.
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12United Kingdom Jess Phillips withdraws from the Labour Leadership race
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8IrelandPolling by Sunday Times has raised eyebrows with the Fianna Fáil at a twelve point lead at 32% ahead of the governing Fine Gael at 20%, with Sinn Féin only a point behind at 19%. The poll has led to growing calls for the leader of SF, Mary Lou McDonald to be included in leadership debate with Varadkar and Martin on RTÉ.
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8France At a National Rally conference, Marine Le Pen has announced she is entering the 2022 French presidential elections for a third-time lucky.
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-4United KingdomAs polls begin to put Labour party leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey in the lead, ahead of former clear frontrunner Keir Starmer, membership group Momentum looks set to formally back the candidate. The support from the group, well-versed in campaigning on and offline, would be essential for Long-Bailey, whose campaign has had a noted 'slow start'.
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6United States CNN completely botched the Democratic presidential debate by replacing substantive questions with inane centrist talking points. UPDATE: On another note, you can read the full transcript of the debate here
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3IrelandTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked the 32nd Dáil to be dissolved, and declared the next general election for the 8th February. Notably, this will be the first general election to be held on a Saturday instead of the usual Fridays. Commentators have pointed out it is also the date of the Ireland v Wales Six Nations rugby tournament.
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6United Kingdom The Center blows itself up: voter statistic in the latest election
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19TaiwanTaiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wins reelection in a landslide as voters back her tough stance against the PRC.
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11United StatesVermin Supreme has, somehow, won the New Hampshire presidential primary for the Libertarian Party.
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11United StatesSenator Cory Booker has officially suspended his presidential campaign.
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5United KingdomThe nominations for the Labour Party leadership election have closed. Clive Lewis withdrew hours before the polls closed, as he had just 5 of the required 22 nominators. Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips and Emily Thornberry all received the required number of nominations to get their names onto the ballot paper. Likewise, Angela Rayner, Ian Murray, Dawn Butler, Rosena Allin-Khan and Richard Burgon all received enough nominations to get onto the ballot paper in the deputy leadership race.
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4United KingdomIn a push to grab support from the members for the Labour leadership, Clive Lewis is proposing a referendum on the monarchy, while Rebecca Long-Bailey is advocating the abolishment of the House of Lords.
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-1United KingdomThe Labour Party reformist movement Momentum has backed left-winger Rebecca Long BaileyWikipedia for the Labour leadership, and Angela RaynerWikipedia for the deputy.
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5United StatesThe January 14 debate's line up has been finalized: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren.
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5United StatesOhio. Due to paperwork SNAFU, Andrew Yang will not appear on the Ohio Democratic primary ballot and will attempt a write-in campaign. John Delaney also failed to make the ballot. Bill Weld also failed to get on the Republican primary ballot.
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14United StatesMarianne Williamson officially drops out.
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0United KingdomThe largest trade union in the United Kingdom UNISON, who is the main trade union of public sector and essential workers has endorsed Sir Keir Starmer as the next Labour leader. Together, they have also endorsed Angela Rayner as deputy leader.
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0United KingdomAngela RaynerWikipedia has also launched a deputy leadership bid, and will likely be the last to do so. She was previously one of the MPs considered most likely to launch a leadership bid - it is rumoured she's running for Deputy Leader instead because of her friendship with Rebecca Long-Bailey.
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4United KingdomAfter much speculation, Corbynite frontrunner Rebecca Long-BaileyWikipedia has put her hat in the ring for the Labour leadership, putting a leadership bid in the left-wing Tribune magazine.
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3United Kingdom The favourite choice for the next Labour leader according to polls Sir Keir StarmerWikipedia, has officially put his hat in the ring.
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6United KingdomNoted backbencher David LammyWikipedia has ruled himself out of the Labour leadership race. He says he is “not the individual best placed for this role at this time”. Meanwhile the race to succeed Tom Watson as deputy leader is also underway, with Richard BurgonWikipedia, Dawn ButlerWikipedia and Khalid MahmoodWikipedia throwing their hats into the ring.
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0United KingdomAnd now there are four, as soft-left backbencher Lisa NandyWikipedia has put her hat in the Labour leadership ring.
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-2United KingdomOutspoken backbench MP Jess PhillipsWikipedia, has formally put her hat in the ring for leadership of the Labour Party. She is the third candidate to officially self-declare running for the leader, after shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow Treasury secretary, Clive Lewis.
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12United States Democratic nominee candidate Marianne Williamson has laid off all of her campaign staff, but maintains that she will continue running.
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11United States Julián Castro has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential race.