Pete Buttigieg was targeted by his Democratic rivals in New Hampshire, and they hit him where he's weakest
Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders emerged strongest from Iowa, but it was Pete who bore the brunt of his Democratic rivals' attacks. Buttigieg struggled with an answer to a question about South Bend's record of racial disparities in drug-related arrests during his eight years as mayor. His rivals didn't let up, and there's a key strategic reason for that: Buttigieg is supremely weak among African-Americans.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg left Iowa with a delegate lead and a target on their backs. Though Sanders has spent the better part of this primary with a significant number of rivals coming after his record, Buttigieg has only recently been feeling the heat. In the New Hampshire debate, a key moment emerged when the mayor was pressed on his record in South Bend by moderator Linsey Davis, who asked the mayor, bluntly, about South Bend's record of racial disparities in drug-related arrests during his eight years in office.
Buttigieg attempts to explain the increase in black arrests in South Bend under his leadership for marijuana possession.ABC's Linsey Davis: "Sen. Warren, is that a substantial answer from Mayor Buttigieg?"Warren: "No." pic.twitter.com/iesdxQTXK3 — Axios (@axios) February 8, 2020
After Pete provided an answer, Davis asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren if she thought it was sufficient. "No," she replied. Other members of the field then laid out their racial justice policies and took swipes at Buttigieg's response. The reason for the sustaine attack is simple: This is a tough spot for Pete, and while it might not be a big deal in New Hampshire, come Nevada, South Carolina, and on Super Tuesday, it's going to be colossal. In short, Buttigiegs numbers among African Americans are terrible. For over a year, Insider has been conducting a series of SurveyMonkey Audience polls to gauge Americans' opinions on 2020 Democratic primary. You can download every poll here, down to the individual respondent data. (Read more about how the Insider Democratic primary tracker works here).
The first red flag comes when you look at the percentage of Democrats who would be satisfied in the event Buttigieg becomes the nominee, and comparing it to the percentage of Black Democrats who would be satisfied. Based on this graphic, which aggregates all the polls conducted in the back half of 2019, things are really bad for Pete.
Just 27% of Black Democrats would be satisfied with Buttigieg as nominee. That is 23 percentage points less than his support overall among all Democrats. No other Democrat underperforms so badly among any racial or ethnic group in all of the Democratic party. Things have only gotten worse for Pete in the time since. Looking at the polls conducted in December and January alone, 47% of Democrats would be satisfied with Buttigieg as nominee, but looking solely at black respondents, that's a paltry 21%. That's a drop of 26 percentage points compared to Democrats overall who know of Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg does 30 percentage points worse among black people than white people when it comes to satisfaction as nominee, and that's a huge issue for him moving forward. Fifteen minutes on national television isn't going to help that. Large, diverse state are on the horizon. If there's something that's going to foul up the Buttigieg campaign, it's going to be happen in one of those places, and attacks like the ones that landed tonight certainly aren't going to help. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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Bill de Blasio tells Pete Buttigieg to 'show some humility' after he got his 'ass kicked' in Nevada and said he doesn't have diverse supporters
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at his former Democratic rival, South Bend,...New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at his former Democratic rival, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, on following Bernie Sanders' Nevada primary win. "Try to not be so smug when you just got your ass kicked," de Blasio tweeted at Buttigieg, who finished third in the state. De Blasio earlier in February endorsed Sanders' bid for the Oval Office. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn't have anything kind to say about former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Saturday night, sending a series of tweets in defense of his endorsed candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders who cemented his frontrunner status after winning in Nevada's Democratic caucuses. Following his third-place finish behind Sanders and Biden in the Nevada race, the third major contest of the 2020 election, Buttigieg condemned the Vermont senator and his supporters. "I believe that we can bring an end to corporate recklessness and bring balance to our economy by empowering workers, raising wages, and insisting that those who gain the most must contribute the most in order to keep the American Dream going forward," Buttigieg said. "But that is different from Sen. Sanders' vision of capitalism as the root of all evil, that would go beyond reform and reorder the economy in ways most Democrats — not to mention most Americans — don't support." The New York City mayor De Blasio, who dropped his "longshot" presidential bid last September and earlier in February announced his endorsement for Sanders' White House bid, said that Buttigieg didn't "understand the moment" Sanders "has built," adding it "reflects the true values" and "hope of working people in America." "They simply want a country that puts working people first," de Blasio added. "Your critique tonight speaks for the American elite, not the majority." As Vox noted, entrance polls conducted at Saturday's Nevada caucus indicated that both Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar performed poorly among the state's Black population, which make up 11% of the caucus-goers in the state. De Blasio pointed to Buttigieg's low support among racial minorities, directing the 38-year-old president hopeful to "show some humility." "And hey @PeteButtigieg, try to not be so smug when you just got your ass kicked," de Blasio tweeted Saturday night. "You know how we form a winning coalition to beat Trump? With a true multi-racial coalition of working Americans: something @BernieSanders has proven he can do + you haven't." The Buttigieg campaign has not returned a Business Insider request for comment. .@PeteButtigieg, you clearly don’t understand the movement @BernieSanders has built. It reflects the true values + hope of working people in America. They simply want a country that puts working people first. Your critique tonight speaks for the American elite, not the majority — Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) February 23, 2020 Saturday's results among Black Americans in Nevada could spell trouble in future states Buttigieg, who has continued to struggle to gain traction with black voters, ended up receiving about 2% of the African American vote in Nevada, Vox reported. Klobuchar received about 3%, according to the report. As the primary leaves Nevada, where a Latino support helped Sanders win big, and heads to South Carolina where the black electorate make up a key voting bloc, trailing candidates are ramping up support among African Americans who make up about 27% of the population in the state, according to US Census data. A recent Winthrop University poll of South Carolina voters found that Buttigieg had just about 1% of support among African Americans there. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who's staked his campaign on support from diverse states and black voters, had the majority of American American support – 31%, according to the poll, which had a margin-of-error of 5.9 percent. Sanders had 17% of support in that poll among African American voters. South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that his state's electorate might not support someone who calls himself a socialist, referring to Sanders, a democratic socialist. "I do believe it will be an extra burden for us to have to carry," Clyburn said. "This is South Carolina, and South Carolinians are pretty leery about that title socialist." De Blasio had dismissed similar criticisms of Sanders after Nevada. "Purveyors of Conventional Wisdom are telling us tonight that @BernieSanders can't be elected President because he's different," de Blasio said in a final tweet Saturday night. "Just like they said about Donald Trump. Just like they said about Barack Obama. 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