2020 Presidential Campaign

Meg Kelly / NPR

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a press conference Wednesday afternoon as he falls farther behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Lilly Knoepp

In downtown Sylva about 20 Democrats gathered around 7pm to watch the primary election results roll in on NBC at the Lazy Hiker Taproom/Mad Batter. 


Many said that they weren’t too excited about the presidential election but were energized about local politics.


“I’m certainly not. I’ve been an Elizabeth Warren supporter and it feels like it’s getting decided before a lot of states have even voted,” says Sylva resident Betty Dishman, who is a fan of Moe Davis.


The Nevada caucuses take place Saturday, and you can follow NPR's live coverage below with results and analysis.  Blue Ridge Public Radio will also air NPR's live special coverage starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.  To get a list of frequencies for BPR News, click here.  You can also stream it on our website, with our free mobile app, or with your smart speaker.


Angela Hsieh / NPR

Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa Tuesday night, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.  The debate starts at 9 p.m., and the live analysis starts shortly beforehand.  Follow along below.


Wednesday is Night 1 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle.  Democrats scheduled to appear at the Wednesday debate in Miami include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Hawaii Rep.

Matt Bush

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders rally last Friday at Salvage Station will likely be the first of many candidate visits to Asheville in the 2020 presidential election cycle.  A large set of circumstances - from its progressive political reputation, to the long ballot of 23 Democratic presidential candidates, to its location in a media market that straddles two states that will vote early in the 2020 primaries - should make Asheville a popular spot for candidates visit before next year's North Carolina primary in March.

Paul Sancya / Associated Press

One of the early front runners in the bid for the Democratic presidential primary vote is stopping in Asheville on Fri.