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Bernie Sanders Drops Out Of The 2020 Election

Bernie Sanders had decided to drop out of the 2020 presidential campaign, he announced today (April 8).

The Vermont senator's 2020 election started off strong. He barely missed first place in Iowa before excelling in New Hampshire and Nevada. Also, Sanders campaign continued to bring in millions in donations and filled rallies with supporters.

Running as a progressive against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders popularized the plan for Medicare for All. In 2020, however, many candidates ran on similar policies, and he faced another prominent progressive in Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was the first to propose canceling some student debt in April. Warren surged above Sanders in the fall, before he suffered a heart attack in October.

Sanders 2020 bid, saw him working to gain more support among Latino voters. But despite years of support among the Black community, the senator failed to earn large votes. He also lost some of his white working-class supporters to Biden.

Sanders also hit a roadblock with women voters, after facing accusations of sexism in January after tensions between his and Warren's campaigns spilled out into the open. For the most part, Sanders and Warren were allies while campaigning for the nomination, however leaks to the media of both senators accusing the other camp of dirty tricks concluded with Warren saying in a statement that Sanders once told her he didn't think a woman could win the presidency.

Sanders denied the claim, but he was flogged with further criticism of his supporters who were dubbed the "Bernie Bros" after female union leaders in Nevada who spoke out against his candidacy said they were attacked by his fans.

Biden capitalized on all of this, and easily won in five of the six states that voted, included Michigan, which was a state Sanders was popular in.

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Activist Cori Bush Becomes Missouri’s First Black Congresswoman

Ferguson activist Cori Bush is making history as the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress. Bush, a Democrat, beat out Republican Anthony Rogers and Libertarian Alex Furman in Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) election.

“Mike Brown was murdered 2,278 days ago. We took to the streets for more than 400 days in protest,” Bush tweeted on election night. “Today, we take this fight for Black Lives from the streets of Ferguson to the halls of Congress. We will get justice.”

The historic victory came 52 years after Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. “I shouldn’t be the first,” noted Bush in another tweet. “But I am honored to carry this responsibility.”

The First. pic.twitter.com/h3o0GxeFLR

— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 4, 2020

A nurse, pastor, single mother and “lifelong St. Louisan,” 44-year-old Bush, who will be sworn in at the top of the year, previously ran for a Senate seat in 2016 and 2018. Her Congressional journey was chronicled in the Netflix documentary Knock Down the House.

And she's not alone in making political history during this year's election. Aside from Baltimore electing its youngest mayor ever, a record 298 women ran for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Of the nearly 300 candidates, 115 identified as Black, Latina, or Native American.

Other pioneering political wins included Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones becoming the first openly gay and openly gay Afro-Latino members of Congress, and Sarah McBride, who became the first trans U.S. Senator.

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Baltimore Elects Its Youngest Mayor Ever In Landslide Victory

The voters have spoken. Politician Brandon Scott won his mayoral bid on Tuesday (Nov. 3) becoming the youngest mayor (in more than a  century), and youngest Black mayor, to hold office in the city.

"I see this as the opportunity for rebirth,” Scott, 36, told Baltimore’s WBAL-TV 11 News following the big win. “The rebirth is going to come when we all have to work together each and every day and do that tough work to make Baltimore a better place.

“I am not the savior,” he continued. “We have to work together as a city unified to make Baltimore better. One person cannot fix things. [These] problems have existed longer than I been alive.”

@CouncilPresBMS addresses the crowd after receiving the concession call from Bob Wallace in the race for #BaltimoreMayor. Click link for full video. #Election2020 #BaltimoreCityVoteshttps://t.co/xkzI2Lvv2p pic.twitter.com/Bd1YgzeWIT

— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) November 4, 2020

Nabbing just over 71% of the vote, Scott bested opponent Bob Wallace who trailed with 20.11%. Wallace called Brandon to concede late Tuesday.

The historic election follows the resignation of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh who stepped down last year  amid a book scandal. Jack Young took over as an interim mayor.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 4), Scott thanked everyone who helped secure the win. “I’m proud, energized and humbled by your [belief] in me and what we can accomplish together,” he tweeted. “We could not have made it without your support.”

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who made calls, sent texts, put up signs & shared information with friends/family. I’m proud, energized and humbled by your belief in me and what we can accomplish together. We could not have made it here without your support. pic.twitter.com/VvSHCLpAmc

— Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) November 4, 2020

Scott, who is currently Baltimore’s City Council President, called winning the election “the honor of a lifetime,” and vowed to lead fellow Baltimore residents in embarking on a “new way forward for our city.”

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Busta Rhymes Performs For Voters Outside Apollo Theater On Election Day

Busta Rhymes hit up the Apollo Theater to spread a little “joy” to voters on Election Day.  The 48-year-old rapper, who is promoting his latest album Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, joined Funk Master Flex for a pop-up show in Harlem on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

The live performances were apart of Joy to the Polls, a nonpartisan movement spearheaded by the Election Defenders — a group of volunteers that include community organizers, and faith leaders — to help end voter suppression.

 

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PULL UP AND RIDE OUT WITH IS RIGHT NOW!!! @funkflex & The Dragon 🐉 WE’RE ABOUT TO GET BUSY AT THE POLLING SITE IN HARLEM AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION!! 👀👀👀👀IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO BE SEE YOU THERE!!! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 #ELE2THEWRATHOFGODRELOADED AVAILABLE AND STREAMING EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW WITH 4 MORE BANGERS ADDED TO THE ALBUM!!!!! THE PROPHECY IS BEING FULFILLED!!!! Click link in Bio‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

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On my way home from reporting on #Elections2020 , I ran into @BustaRhymes. Yes, THAT Busta! pic.twitter.com/R3pC8ZxD03

— Joyce Philippe (@JoyceMeetsWorld) November 3, 2020

It’s @BustaRhymes bringing #JoyToThePolls in Harlem! #ElectionDefenders pic.twitter.com/aQFgfQX3XQ

— #JoyToThePolls (@JoyToThePolls) November 3, 2020

Following a short performance, Busta shared a lengthy message on Instagram encouraging Black voters to think beyond the polls. “Salute to everyone that is doing [their] part today but what we actually have to do is much deeper than voting!!! We need to empower [ourselves] mind, body, spirit & economically, so that these politicians will have to properly negotiate with us for our dollars and our vote!!”

 

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TODAY ON THIS ELECTION DAY I STAND WITH MY PEOPLE AND FOR MY PEOPLE!!! SALUTE TO EVERYONE THAT IS DOING THERE PART TODAY BUT WHAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO DO IS MUCH DEEPER THAN VOTING!!! WE NEED TO EMPOWER OURSELF MIND, BODY, SPIRIT & ECONOMICALLY SO THAT THESE POLITICIANS WILL HAVE TO PROPERLY NEGOTIATE WITH US FOR OUR DOLLARS AND OUR VOTE!! WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN THE EYE OF THE STORM OF A REAL EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR PEOPLE AND ALL THE SHIT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO TO US SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME!! BE GREAT MY BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL & RESILIENT BLACK PEOPLE AND LET’S MAKE SURE THEY FEEL THE WRATH OF GOD!! #ELE2THEWRATHOFGODRELOADED AVAILABLE AND STREAMING EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW!!! Click link in Bio ‼️‼️‼️‼️ HARLEM I SALUTE Y’ALL!! Salute @funkflex & @joejaxson @spliffstar_mrlewis @djscratchator

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Joy to the Polls urges voters to stay in line by turning voting into a celebration with music and dancing at polling locations around the country. Offset and Big Daddy Kane were among the rappers who participated in the grassroots movement, which includes Spotify playlists curated by Aloe Blacc, Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lin-Manuel Miranda, QuestLove, and more.

“In the face of a global pandemic, threats of violence and long lines designed to suppress the vote, the people are fighting back with joy,” Joy to the Polls creator and Election Defenders campaign manager, Nelini Stamp, told BET.com. “Together, we will make voting more accessible for all.”

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