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‘Everyone's going to come for Pete': Buttigieg faces debate spotlight

Posted On: Nov 20, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

‘Everyone's going to come for Pete': Buttigieg faces debate spotlight

ATLANTA - Pete Buttigieg will take the stage at Wednesday's debate as a serious threat to the top Democratic presidential candidates for the first time. And that makes the debate a serious threat for him. The South Bend, Ind., mayor, is riding his best poll numbers yet in Iowa and New Hampshire - running in a tight pack with Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in many polls and even pulling into 10-point leads in recent surveys from The Des Moines Register and St. Anselm College. But that surge in the early states comes with the glare of additional scrutiny, including on his struggles appealing to African American voters in other states, and the growing likelihood of attacks from Democratic opponents eager to blunt Buttigieg's rise and regain momentum of their own. “Everyone's going to come for Pete. There's a target on his back - no question about it. That's what happens when you jump in the polls,” said Jon Soltz, executive director of VoteVets, a progressive group that backs veterans for office...

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