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The fight for the Democratic nomination between Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg broke into full view at the end of last week … and it’s going to be a doozy.

Last Monday I wrote, “Math and history favor the one who wins at least one of the first contests and Super Tuesday. Today that means the race is between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”

By Thursday Warren and Buttigieg were exchanging barbs that quickly turned into a full-fledged fight.  For Warren, it was the first time she criticized an opponent by name. However, it wasn’t the first time Buttigieg has gone after Warren and he started this latest battle demanding she release more than the 11 years of taxes already made public.

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What’s at stake for Warren and Buttigieg in this tussle?

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White college-educated voters.

That’s right. White college-educated voters will determine the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. For Warren and Buttigieg, they are the difference between winning and losing.

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Warren’s and Buttigieg’s increasing poll numbers were fueled by defecting supporters of Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, respectively. Now, to win, they need to win over white college-educated voters. And that fact explains their strategy.

Warren’s response to Buttigieg’s demand was to raise his lack of transparency. Specifically, she called on Buttigieg to provide his client list from the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he began working in 2007, as well as the names of his current campaign finance team and bundlers.

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