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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, greets people in the audience at the conclusion of a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Dover, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buttigieg on defense as rivals aim to blunt his momentum

Feb. 10, 2020 4:01 AM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Pete Buttigieg has been on defense all weekend as his Democratic presidential rivals attacked him on everything from his struggle to connect with black voters to accepting campaign contributions from large donors in an effort to blunt any momentum heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, greets people in the audience at the conclusion of a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Dover, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buttigieg on defense as rivals aim to blunt his momentum

Feb. 9, 2020 6:41 PM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Pete Buttigieg spent Sunday on defense as his Democratic presidential rivals attacked him on everything from his struggle to connect with black voters to accepting campaign contributions from large donors in an effort to blunt any momentum heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary....

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he talks with members of the audience at a campaign stop at National Cattle Congress Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The critical fight inside Democrats' establishment primary

Feb. 2, 2020 8:01 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Within the Democrats' sprawling presidential contest is a smaller, yet critical competition among a handful of candidates jockeying to secure the backing of their party's establishment wing. The first answers come Monday in the Iowa caucuses when voters begin sorting out the fight...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with supporters during a campaign event Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Buttigieg courts 'future former Republicans' to expand vote

Jan. 31, 2020 2:04 AM EST

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg has been talking a lot lately about “future former Republicans.” They are potential Iowa caucus voters disenchanted with President Donald Trump who have gone so far as to change their party affiliation and will stand with Democrats on Monday night,...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, greets supporters following a town hall meeting at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Buttigieg's unlikely Iowa rise now carries high expectations

Jan. 23, 2020 12:18 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg finds himself in a place that he could hardly have contemplated when he began running for president a year ago: He likely cannot finish lower than second in the Iowa caucuses if he wants to advance in the Democratic presidential nominating campaign. But less than two...

In this Jan. 18, 2020, restaurant server Chloe Sokolov poses for a photo while working at Eatery A in Des Moines, Iowa. Though Sokolov always considered herself a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., she plans to caucus for the first time this year in part because Sanders' campaign convened more than 50 service industry workers to discuss their economic challenges. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Candidates seek new caucus voters in trailer parks, rallies

Jan. 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders is sending organizers to convenience stores across Iowa and staking out drug stores and even nursing homes. Pete Buttigieg has a more technocratic model. He's compiling detailed lists of the personal networks of his supporters, turning them into crowds and sifting...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. talk Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Warren-Sanders rift has progressives nervous about fallout

Jan. 15, 2020 8:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For nearly a year, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders pushed strongly progressive ideas into the Democratic primary spotlight, feeding off each other to build support for proposals long dismissed as radically leftist: “Medicare for All,” tuition-free college and a...