Tim Canova suffers cyber attack days before primary

Democratic primary candidate Tim Canova, who is challenging former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has suffered a major cyber attack.

In a statement released by Canova’s campaign Saturday night, it was revealed the candidate’s website and online fundraising portal had been the target of an attack.

“We are continuing to investigate the issue, but there appears to have been a deliberate attack on the Canova campaign’s website and digital fundraising program,” said Mike Nellis, the campaign’s Digital Fundraising Manager.

“Beginning at roughly 10pm last night, we received a suspicious spike in new email signups on our campaign’s homepage to the tune of more than 120,000 new email addresses in less than 18 hours.”

The campaign said no data was compromised, and that the origin of the attack is unclear at this time. It also said it was remaining vigilant for further attacks, and is considering involving law enforcement in the matter.

Tim Canova, who is endorsed by and is a support of Bernie Sanders, will face incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the primary on August 30, 2016. Early voting has already begun in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Sanders to launch new organization next week

Bernie Sanders will officially launch progressive organization Our Revolution next Wednesday night.

The former presidential candidate will speak in a live stream to more than 2,000 organizing meetings across the United States.

“During our campaign we assembled a movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become,” Sanders wrote in an email to supporters.

“Now it’s time for all of us to get to work. At this meeting, I and others will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share.”

One of the organization’s focuses will be on recruiting and electing progressive candidates up and down the ballot – through November and beyond.

The launch of Our Revolution will take place on Wednesday, August 24. Sanders will speak via livestream at 9pm ET. Supporters who wish to attend a kick-off meeting can find one here.

Sanders-backed Pramila Jayapal wins Democratic primary

Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 37th Legislative District in the state House, but she could soon to be heading to Washington after winning the Democratic primary for Washington’s 7th District.

Jayapal was endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders last month, emailing millions of his supporters calling on them to support Jayapal’s federal congressional bid.

In a matter of days, Sanders raised close to $200,000 for Jayapal’s campaign from more than 20,000 donors. The average contribution was just $9.

Early results on the Washington Secretary of State’s website indicate Jayapal is clearly ahead of her opponents in the Democratic primary, which was held on Tuesday. She has attracted close to 40 percent of the vote, while her nearest rival Joe McDermott took just 22 percent.

Washington’s 7th Congressional District is strongly Democratic, making it almost certain Pramila Jayapal is on her way to the United States House.

Live results: Super Tuesday primaries

Democrats in six states will today vote for a Democratic presidential nominee, with a whopping 694 delegates up for grabs. Follow the results live.

In California, millions are expected to participate in the state’s presidential primary. Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and the Dakotas will also head to the polls today, leaving just Washington, DC to vote next week.

Polls have shown the race in California to be a dead heat, with Sanders and Clinton in a statistical tie. Sanders is expected to do well in the smaller states, while polls show Clinton will win New Jersey.

Follow the results of today’s Democratic primaries below, which will automatically update in realtime as results come in.

Live Results


Sanders leads Clinton in California

A new poll released Thursday night, just days before the state’s primary, shows Bernie Sanders with the upper hand in California.

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles poll shows Sanders leading Democratic primary opponent Hillary Clinton by one point, a sign he is building up his support in the Golden State.

Sanders’ one point lead is within the margin of error.

Among voters under 50, Senator Sanders holds a dominating 27-point advantage over Secretary Clinton, who leads Sanders in the over 50 bracket.

82 percent of voters under 30 said they held a positive view of Sanders.

California’s primary rules mean that independent voters, who are not registered Democrats are able to participate. This is expected to benefit Sanders, who generally performs best with independents.

Voters in California will head to the polls on Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders wins Oregon

Bernie Sanders has defeated opponent Hillary Clinton in Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary, according to AP and NBC News.

With 60 percent of the vote in, Sanders leads Clinton by tens of thousands of votes.

The race in Kentucky is much tighter, where Clinton is the presumptive winner. She leads Sanders in that state’s count by less than 2,000 votes.

You can see the live results of both of today’s Democratic primary contests here.

More to come.

President Obama praises Sanders on campaign finance

During a news conference at the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama praised Bernie Sanders’ grassroots-funded campaign.

The president told journalists that Sanders’ fundraising efforts could help restore voters’ faith in the democratic system.

“You’ve got to give Bernie Sanders, for example, credit — building off some of the work I did; I, in turn, built off the work that Howard Dean did — for smaller donations, grassroots donors, to build up small contributions to allow candidates to be competitive,” President Obama said.

Obama also signalled that more should be done to fix campaign finance, saying it’s not enough for candidates like Sanders to voluntarily rely on small donations.

“I am a strong believer in finding ways in which we can make the financing of campaigns more democratic,” he said.

Throughout his campaign, Sanders has smashed major fundraising records, outraising every other candidate in the race, Democrats and Republicans, this year. He has received close to seven million donations from two million people.

In March alone, Sanders raised $44 million, almost all of it from small-dollar donors contributing to his campaign online.

Bernie Sanders meets Pope Francis

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has met Pope Francis while in Rome to attend a conference on social, economic and environmental issues.

Bernie Sanders has told the media in Rome that he and wife Jane briefly met with Pope Francis this morning in the papal residence. He said the meeting took place just before the pontiff left Rome for a one-day visit to Greece.

The presidential contender told the media he was honored by the meeting, and told Pope Francis that he appreciated his push to inject morality and justice into the world economy.

“It was a real honor for me, for my wife and I to spend some time with him. I think he is one of the extraordinary figures not only in the world today but in modern world history.”

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, a foreign policy adviser to Bernie Sanders said that no photos were taken of the meeting, which he said lasted for around five minutes.

Sanders made a quick trip to Rome days before New York’s critical primary to address a high-level meeting held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The Vatican had invited him to the event.

The Vermont Senator has long been an admirer of Pope Francis, and agrees with him on many issues, including climate change, and income and wealth inequality.

Susan Sarandon voices new ad for Sanders

Bernie Sanders has released a new campaign ad focusing on his opposition to fracking, voiced by actress Susan Sarandon.

The new 30 second ad, titled “No Fracking Anywhere” explains how dirty polluters have influence over congress.

“Big Oil pumps millions into their campaigns. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate for president who opposes fracking everywhere,” Sarandon says in the new ad.

“He can’t be bought by them, because he’s funded by you,” she concludes.

Sanders has been critical of opponent Hillary Clinton for refusing to support a universal ban on fracking across the United States.

Bernie Sanders to visit Vatican City

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will visit the Vatican next month for a conference on social, economic and environmental issues.

Sanders’ campaign revealed on Friday that he has accepted an invitation from the vatican to attend a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to focus on social, economic and environmental issues.

“I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy,” Sanders said in a statement released early Friday morning.

“Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”

The meeting will take place on April 15.