Sophie Vaughan

Sophie Vaughan is a Connecticut-based reporter and 2017 graduate of Middlebury College.

Recent Articles

Warren Gets the Edge at New Hampshire Democratic Convention

Convention-goers lock in their support, and Joe Biden gets mostly locked out.

Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren acknowledges the applause as she takes the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention, Saturday, September 7, 2019. MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – It’s difficult to describe, for those who were not there, the crowd’s two-minute-long reaction to Elizabeth Warren’s entrance at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on Saturday. The crowd cheered her name so loudly that she repeatedly slapped her hands down and said, “Ok, ok,” in an effort to settle the noise. (She did have a secret weapon, of course: thundersticks that her staffers passed out to the crowd.) The crowd erupted when Warren said she’ll call out corruption that rigs the economy and government toward the very rich, and became even louder when she said she has a plan to fix it. Upon the first hint of her wealth tax, the crowd started chanting, “Two cents,” in reference to...

Why Presidential Campaigns Are Doling Out So Much Ice Cream

The promise and pitfalls of community-centered campaigns

Steven Senne/Associated Press Ben Cohen (left) and Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry’s fame, scoop ice cream before a campaign event for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Raymond, New Hampshire, Sunday, September 1. KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Tie-dyes, ice cream socials, and movie nights were once the stuff of sleepaway camps, local neighborhood associations, and community churches. But in the Granite State this August, each of these activities was organized not by a 20-something counselor at Cabin Five, but by a staffer, likely around the same age, for one of the 20 Democratic presidential candidates looking to break out in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on February 11. Mamas4Kamala, a subgroup of Kamala Harris’s campaign in New Hampshire, organized the tie-dye event one Saturday afternoon in the campaign’s Nashua office. “We will be tie-dying shirts using Team Kamala colors. Bring your friends, family, kids, Mamas and more!...

The Political Revolution in 2020 Relies on Massive Volunteer Organizing

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren organizers have already begun canvassing in New Hampshire, eight months before polls open.

agenda_2020.jpg CONCORD, New Hampshire—If a fire marshal came to the opening of this Bernie Sanders campaign office, she probably would have shut it down. An overflow crowd of at least 50 people packed the long and narrow strip-mall space to hear the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate launch his campaign’s “political revolution” in yet another outpost across the state. It was the last weekend in June, four days after Sanders appeared at the first Democratic Party presidential debate and, according to pundits, failed to challenge former Vice President Joe Biden and capture the nation’s attention. Polls have alternately shown Sanders falling slightly behind Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren, or moving closer to Biden in second. A bizarre Politico headline read: “Harris, Warren tie for third place in new 2020 Dem poll, but Biden still leads,” without mentioning the guy in between. There was no sign of a slump, however, among...