Elizabeth Warren feels sting of Super Tuesday

As reported by WashingtonExaminer

Elizabeth Warren’s team has long foreshadowed that her road to the White House would be rocky, not confident enough to name a contest she could win, including her home state of Massachusetts.

Now, preliminary Super Tuesday results for the 2020 Democratic field reveal just how narrow her path would be should she decide to push on to the party’s national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this summer.

Despite a massive organizing ground game, including 400 staff members in Super Tuesday states, the Massachusetts senator suffered blow after blow in the first four early nominating contests.

Then, on Super Tuesday, she won no contests and even finished third in her home state of Massachusetts.

Looking to allay concerns, Warren campaign manager Roger Lau circulated another memo this week before Democrats in 14 states and one U.S. territory decided how to allocate 1,357 delegates among the candidates still running for the right to challenge President Trump in November.

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In the memo, he insisted his boss would remain “viable” after all of the votes were tallied, citing internal data showing she was expected to pick up delegates “in nearly every state in play on Super Tuesday” and be “in a strong position to earn a sizable delegate haul coming out of the night.”

“But as the dust settles after March 3, the reality of this race will be clear: no candidate will likely have a path to the majority of delegates needed to win an outright claim to the Democratic nomination,” he wrote.

In a sign of optimism, Warren committed funds from her record-breaking $24.6 million February fundraising haul in March voting states, spending $4.1 million on advertising ahead of contests on March 3, March 10, and March 17, as well as in Wisconsin, where Democrats go to the polls on April 7.

Advertising Analytics this week reported a cable television buy, running from Super Tuesday to March 9. Yet Persist PAC, the super political action committee that formed last month to boost her electoral chances, decided against deploying resources next week so it can replenish its coffers and provide Warren with time to consider her next steps, according to the New York Times on March 3. Persist PAC, founded after the senator railed against such groups for the majority of the primary cycle, spent almost $15 million on ads ahead of Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Tuesday.

With an eye to the horizon, however, Warren’s fortunes are unlikely to improve.