Recap: Super Tuesday
One of the biggest nights so far of the 2020 Presidential Election has come and past, who took home the most delegates?
Tuesday night was one of the busiest nights in American election cycles– Super Tuesday. 14 states plus American Samoa held primaries, with some major takeaways coming from the results.
First up, this is obviously now a two-man race for the Democratic nomination, between Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, creating a divide between moderates and progressives in the Democratic party. The latter, Sen. Bernie Sanders, had a rather disappointing night. Once the frontrunner, Sanders suffered major losses due to the moderates consolidating support behind Biden, with the Vermont senator only taking home four out of the 14 states up for grabs. Biden took home the rest of the states, even winning here in Texas, where Sanders was expected to win due to his dominance in the Latino voter population.
Moving on and looking to the future was also a major theme of the night, with two candidates dropping out in the aftermath due to poor showings in the races. The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both dropped out of the race, with the former endorsing Biden for president. As of Thursday night, the Warren campaign has not endorsed anyone.
As of now, the two frontrunners are neck and neck when it comes to delegates, the metric where it really counts. Even though Biden did win more states, he doesn’t have too much of a lead over Sanders in delegates, this is due to Sanders taking home the biggest prize of the night: California. Biden is leading with 627 delegates, with Sanders following with 551 delegates. The number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination is 1991, and if neither candidate reaches this by the Democratic National Convention this summer, it will be a contested convention.
Following Tuesday, both frontrunning campaigns are now ramping up their attacks on Donald Trump and at each other, with Sanders taking aim at Joe Biden’s record with the Iraq War and NAFTA, and Biden going for Sanders’ record as a democratic socialist. The next primary is next Tuesday, in which six states are up for grabs.