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(CNN)Welcome to 2020! With just 6 days until the Nevada caucuses and 13 days until the South Carolina primary, the Democratic primary is in full swing. Every Sunday, I outline the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they’re ranked — so the No. 1…

(CNN)Welcome to 2020! With just 6 days until the Nevada caucuses and 13 days until the South Carolina primary, the Democratic primary is in full swing. Every Sunday, I outline the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they’re ranked — so the No. 1 story is the most important of the coming week.

5. Tom Steyer matters!: While the other billionaire in the 2020 race (more on that below) is getting most of the attention these days, it’s Steyer who is in double digits in recent polls in Nevada and South Carolina.
Those numbers are largely the result of heavy ad spending by Steyer in both states. To date, Steyer has spent almost $180 million on TV ads, according to CNN’s David Wright. That’s second only to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Now that all of the candidates including frontrunners like Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have turned their full attention to Nevada and South Carolina, it’s an open debate as to whether Steyer’s support stays with him or not.
And, if Steyer starts to leaks support — because voters don’t really see him as someone who can win — where does it go? To a single candidate regarded as more viable? Or to a series of candidates — each picking up a small-ish amount of Steyer backers?
Of course, it’s also possible that Steyer voters in Nevada and South Carolina are hardcore Tom-heads (or something) and they are going to stick with him no matter what.
4. Elizabeth Warren, overlooked?: The Massachusetts senator is a bit of a forgotten candidate these days — following a third place finish in Iowa and a fourth in New Hampshire.
And while Warren’s path to the nomination seemed to rely on a victory in one of those two states, there are signs of life even after her less-than-impressive showings.
She raised $6 million since Iowa, a sign that her supporters aren’t ready to walk away just yet. And she’s holding on to third in new Nevada polling, above both former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
While there’s still six days before Nevada votes, a third place finish there — coupled with her latest fundraising numbers — should allow her to stay in the race through South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states on March 3.
And, given the large number of uncertainties still at play in this race — scroll down — there’s still some reason to believe Warren’s doubters have written her political obituary just a little too quickly.
3. The Bloomberg oppo: Know how you can tell that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Democratic primary opponents are starting to get very worried? A whole lot of opposition research is emerging about past things he has said and done that might not sit will with voters.
There’s his support for “stop and frisk” — and repeated comments he made defending that policy, which is widely regarded as overly punitive for black and Latino men. (Bloomberg has apologized.) There’s his support for “redlining,” a deeply biased policy that led banks not to make mortgage loans in low income, heavily minority areas. There’s the many, many crude and sexist remarks allegedly attributed to Bloomberg during his years building his business.
And there will be more. Lots more. (CNN’s KFile reported on a clip from 2010 in which Bloomberg talked down the Affordable Care Act and said it was “another program that’s going to cost a lot of money.”)
Some of these quotes and stances are things Bloomberg had already had to deal with during his three successful runs for mayor. Other are new — dredged up by th

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