#DemDebate : Newsweek declares Elizabeth Warren winner of the ninth #DemocraticDebate in Nevada

According to the Newsweek, Democratic presidential Nominee Elizabeth Warren is the winner of the ninth Democratic Debate in Nevada.

Newsweek stated that Michael Bloomberg emerged as the clear loser within minutes of the ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday night as he took heavy fire from nearly every candidate on stage and never recovered. Bernie Sanders launched into stop-and-frisk, Amy Klobuchar rebuked his campaign's attacks on hers, Joe Biden attacked his patchy record as mayor of New York. Even the moderators piled on. But no one cut deeper than Elizabeth Warren, who humiliated the multi-billionaire on his history of sexism.

"I'd like to talk about who we're running against, a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians," she said referring to comments made in 1990 about the British royal family, "I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."

Warren, the undeniable winner of this debate, was just getting warmed up. Against a background of disappointing results in Iowa and New Hampshire, this debate represented an opportunity for her to reverse the fortunes of her fading campaign—and she delivered. If there's one thing we've learned tonight, Warren is one progressive capitalist you cannot simply erase.

She was the most effective candidate in holding Bloomberg to account, calling out his company's record of using nondisclosure agreements to muzzle former employees over harassment allegations. She pressed Bloomberg, on stage, to release the women from the NDAs and watched him flub a response.

"Maybe they didn't like a joke I told," he stated, prompting gasps from the audience.

Additionally, she highlighted the human impact of victims of the draconian "stop-and-frisk" policy in New York under his mayoralty, criticizing his apology as being focused on the failed outcomes, rather than the victims.

Warren's polling numbers have been weakening as progressives rallied around Sanders' campaign in recent months. As critics and supporters questioned whether her campaign has the infrastructure, money and momentum to capitalize on her highlight tonight, Warren's campaign announced that the first half of the debate had become the senator's best hour of fundraising to date.

Tonight's debate had a chaotic, fiery energy which led to less substantive policy discussions but a clearer view of how each candidate would perform in head-to-heads. With moderate voters yet to coalesce around a single candidate, viewers had a chance to see who really wants this and who might be effective in what would be a heavyweight showdown with President Donald Trump.

Sanders produced another solid debate performance and benefited most from Bloomberg acting as a punching bag for the other candidates. He was able to defend the label "socialist" by calling out existing policies of corporate welfare and made no apology for his campaign fighting for the working people of America. When attacked by Pete Buttigieg on whether his supporters harassed the leadership of the Nevada Culinary union, Sanders responded, "We have more union support than you've ever dreamed of," drawing a distinction between the on-the-ground reality of his support and the Twitter-based online discourse surrounding the primary.

Biden arrived ready to tussle with Bloomberg and Sanders—hours before the debate his campaign warned reporters he was going in "aggressive"—but the former vice president quickly sidelined himself as a debate bystander. Where did Biden go? No candidates went for him. Though he carried his newfound energy from last week's New Hampshire debate, nothing he said tonight has indicated he will regain the campaign frontrunner status. Biden is still too reliant on his lengthy record, rather than articulating a clear case for his presidency.

Klobuchar and Buttigieg clashed repeatedly on stage with neither candidate coming out the clear winner in any exchange. Buttgieg attacked Klobuchar for a gaffe made earlier in the week, when she was unable to recall the Mexican president's name. Klobuchar responded "Are you trying to say I'm dumb? Are you mocking me here, Pete?"

Later in the debate, Klobuchar hit back, criticizing Buttigieg's electability record, saying that he lost the race for state treasurer "by 20 points." Both candidates needed a knockout performance here, but their visible personal animosity only resulted in a double K.O. Both performed well relative to expectations in Iowa and New Hampshire, but needed to build on this momentum as the primary moves into larger, more diverse states over the next month. It's not clear that either candidate delivered a performance that will win over any more supporters ahead of the Nevada caucus this weekend.

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