“Medicare for All is winning,” said Alyssa Kang, community organizer with the California Nurses Association.
While Democratic voters showed on Super Tuesday that they are far from united on which presidential candidate should be at the top of the ticket come November, majorities in every state with exit polling data available agreed on at least one deeply consequential policy aspiration: replacing private health insurance with a government-run plan that covers everyone.
“Important Super Tuesday takeaway that is flying under the radar—every state with exit poll results shows majority support for replacing private insurance, it’s winning by huge margins in a few.”
—Andrew Feldman, Democratic consultant
“Medicare for All is winning,” Alyssa Kang, community organizer with the California Nurses Association, tweeted Tuesday evening as early Edison Research exit poll results from Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia showed majority support for eliminating private insurance in favor of a universal government plan.
Results from every other Super Tuesday state—with the exception of Utah and Arkansas, where Edison did not conduct exit polls—followed the early trend, delivering the clearest indication of the 2020 election season that scrapping America’s wasteful and deadly private insurance system is not as “radical” or unpalatable a proposal as some politicians and pundits like to claim.
Democratic voters in Vermont, the home state of presidential hopeful and Medicare for All champion Sen. Bernie Sanders, supported eliminating private insurance by the widest margin.
A government plan for all instead of private insurance,
MA: 50%/45%@CNN Exit Pollshttps://t.co/sjyDdhHNMa https://t.co/Xm0GheJTNj
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) March 4, 2020
The exit polls from Super Tuesday states come after the first four voting states of the Democratic presidential primary delivered a clean sweep in favor of Medicare for All, a policy proposal long backed by Sanders and opposed by former Vice President Joe Biden, the favored candidate of the Democratic establishment.
“Important Super Tuesday takeaway that is flying under the radar—every state with exit poll results shows majority support for replacing private insurance, it’s winning by huge margins in a few,” tweeted Democratic consultant Andrew Feldman. “Is it time to ask ourselves if Medicare for All is actually a winning position?”
“It was time like two years ago,” responded “Secular Talk” host Kyle Kulinski.
Trump gambling his presidency on a voting group that may no longer exist
President Donald Trump is betting that his law-and-order scare tactics will energize white suburban voters -- but that demographic may no longer exist as it once did.
The president remains popular in rural areas, and he won over suburban voters by 4 percent in 2016, and Trump and his Republican allies are betting he can turn out non-college educated whites who may be disgusted by police violence but don't support protests, reported Politico.
“There’s a lot of concern about the way the Minneapolis police acted,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, a seven-term Republican from the northern Virginia suburbs. “But whenever you start looting — and now the stuff’s spread out to Leesburg, it’s in Manassas … the politics takes a different turn.”
‘One racist down. Hundreds in office to go’: Applause as Steve King is ousted in Iowa primary
"Goodbye, Rep. Steve King. You are certainly not the only white supremacist in federal government, but you were among the most prominent," tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
While acknowledging that the important work of ridding Congress of racist lawmakers is far from finished, progressives celebrated the ouster of white supremacist Rep. Steve King in Iowa's Republican primary Tuesday as a significant victory and a step in the right direction.
Amid pandemic, White House race becomes digital dogfight
The 2020 US presidential race is becoming a digital-first campaign as the coronavirus pandemic cuts candidates off from traditional organizing and in-person events.
On the surface, President Donald Trump has the edge over Democrat Joe Biden because of the incumbent's extensive digital infrastructure and large social media following.
But Biden has been stepping up his digital presence and is getting a boost from a handful of outside organizations seeking to counter Trump's messaging on social platforms.
Both sides agree that digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media have taken the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning.