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Mitch Perry Report for 3.29.16 – Bernie Sanders camp says Hillary Clinton a “weak front-runner”

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The Democratic race for president is already pretty well decided, right? Hillary Clinton is at least 250 pledged delegates ahead of Bernie Sanders in the race for the nomination, and is up by more than 400 super delegates.  That’s with 32 states having participated to date. The Sanders camp, though, is feeling very optimistic at the moment, as conveyed in a conference call conducted on Monday afternoon with campaign manager Jeff Weaver, senior adviser Tad Devine and pollster Ben Tulchin. “I believe,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.22.16 – Time for Sanders to put up some results

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To anyone paying attention, it’s apparent that it would take some seismic shift for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to not end up being their party’s standard-bearer this November. The Trump battle with the GOP establishment will continue to play out with maximum media attention, but until he starts losing more states (which could happen tonight in Utah), he looks like your Republican nominee at the moment. The Bernie Sanders campaign insists that tonight begins the third quarter, and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.16.16 – How does Bernie Sanders move on from here?

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We’ll save you our post-mortems about Marco Rubio‘s failed candidacy for the presidency, since you can find them all over the web this morning. We wrote last week how startled we were about the lack of support in his own state, and that was before Alex Leary‘s devastating portrayal in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times.  A notable thing about Rubio – his inability to raise a lot of money. Though it’s become chic this year to say that money doesn’t matter as much…

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Campaign staffers now targeted by oppos, no longer off limits

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On a Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s PAC hired Liz Mair to guide social media and online communications. Within 48 hours, Mair resigned — a victim of past remarks that did not sit well in Iowa, an early primary state. In an age of detailed oppo research and attack politics, Mair provides a cautionary tale for presidential campaigns where targets are no longer candidates themselves, but also staffers. “The danger level has risen,” said Democratic campaign veteran Tad Devine to…

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