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Inside 2020 (Nov 13th, 2019)

1. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged into the lead among Democratic 2020 contenders in a new Iowa poll. The Monmouth University poll, released Tuesday, found Buttigieg garnered support from 22 percent of Iowa caucusgoers, marking a 14-point increase from the last Monmouth poll in August. National polling averages still show Buttigieg in a distant fourth behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders. -- U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

2. Hillary Clinton said she's "under enormous pressure from many, many, many people" to enter the 2020 race. As questions swirl around the electability of top-tier Democrats, the former secretary of state said she's fielding calls from those who believe her candidacy could reshape the race. Clinton did note that, as of now, running for president — for a third time — is "absolutely not in [her] plans." -- BBC NEWS

3. Mark Sanford has dropped his longshot bid to oust President Trump from the 2020 GOP ticket. The South Carolina Republican explained in a statement that "impeachment has made [his] goal of making the debt, deficit, and spending issue a part of this presidential debate impossible right now." Sanford's trajectory to the White House was already an uphill climb, as Trump remains immensely popular among the GOP base, but his bid became even more unlikely after state Republican parties began canceling primaries in solidarity with the president. -- CNN 

4. Sixty-one percent of voters said their choice in the 2020 presidential race will come down to issues other than the economy, a new Survey Monkey/CNBC survey found. The results rebuked the commonly held perception that the state of the economy plays a dominant role in deciding who wins elections, according to CNBC. That may be worrisome or welcomed news for President Trump, depending on how state economies fare in key battlegrounds next year. -- CNBC   

5. Deval Patrick may announce his campaign for president soon, but he'd face immediate challenges in a crowded Democratic primary. Not only would the former Massachusetts governor have limited time to build a competitive ground game in early states, but he'd need to win over voters who may be turned off by his work at private investment firm Bain Capital since leaving public office. -- AXIOS

6. Public impeachment hearings may overshadow the next Democratic debate scheduled for November 20. On Tuesday night, the House announced its high-stakes testimonies for next week, noting U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland — a critical witness in the impeachment inquiry — is scheduled to testify earlier the same day as the Democrats face off on stage in Georgia. For struggling candidates hoping to have a breakout performance, the media's focus on impeachment may pose a problem.  -- NEWSWEEK 

7. History shows Michael Bloomberg's candidacy would almost certainly be doomed, should he decide to launch a presidential bid this late. The former New York City mayor may break the mold, but the last time a late entrant won their party's nomination was Adlai Stevenson in 1952 — when party insiders, not primaries, chose nominees. Bloomberg would need to overcome low favorability numbers among Democratic voters if he has a shot at the party's nomination. -- POLITICO MAGAZINE

8. Joe Biden would not fare better than 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among white working-class voters in critical swing states, a new poll found. Many see the former vice president from blue-collar Pennsylvania as well-equipped to steal back many rustbelt white voters without college degrees, whose preference for President Trump proved crucial three years ago. But analysis of a recent New York Times/Siena College survey published on Tuesday shows Biden would perform similarly among those voters as Clinton did in 2016. -- NEW YORK TIMES

9. President Trump's trade war with China is putting Iowa back in play in 2020, according to HuffPost. Retaliatory tariffs have been particularly harsh on the agricultural sector in Iowa — a reddening state Trump took by 10 points in 2016. The report argued economic factors may be playing a role in Trump's diminished approval rating there, which has dipped into the low 40s. Hypothetical head-to-head matchups between Trump and top Democrats show a potentially tight race next November. -- HUFFPOST

10. Sen. Kamala Harris explained why she believes the term "revenge porn" gets it wrong. In an interview with Cosmopolitan published on Tuesday, the 2020 hopeful said she's asked the press to stop using the phrase because it sends the wrong message. "'Revenge' suggests that she's done something wrong that then deserves this kind of response, which, of course, is ridiculous," Harris explained. The term is used to describe explicit content shared publicly without a person's consent, usually by a vengeful sexual partner. -- COSMOPOLITAN 

Robbie Couch is a writer and reporter whose work has been published on HuffPost, GOOD magazine, Upworthy, and more. In previous roles, Robbie has written about politics, pop culture news, and social issues.

Editor: Kim Lyons, Inside Managing Editor and Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist.

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