Primaries and caucuses are being held around the United States to determine who the Democratic Party candidate to face off against Republican candidate and current president Donald Trump will be. Candidates are aiming to reach a total of 1,990 delegates, an unbeatable majority, to win the Democratic nomination. Super Tuesday is an important date in the race as 1,357 delegates will be awarded in the 14 states that will be voting. The 14 states are: California, Texas, North Carolina, Vermont, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Massachusetts, Utah, Colorado, Alabama, and Minnesota.
Before Super Tuesday
There were five Democratic candidates running for the presidential election prior to Super Tuesday: Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard. Prior to that day, primaries were held in 4 states, with 155 delegates awarded.
- Iowa: Pete Buttigieg surprisingly won in Iowa, gaining 14 delegates while Sanders came in second, winning 12 delegates.
- New Hampshire: Bernie Sanders won with 25.7% of the votes, getting awarded with nine delegates with Pete Buttigieg, who was runner-up.
- Nevada: Similarly, the Nevada caucus was dominated by Sanders, as he was able to grab 24 delegates.
- South Carolina: It was the first massive win for Biden, and he got awarded 39 delegates, with Sanders as runner-up with 15 delegates.
All in all, Bernie Sanders was the leading candidate with Joe Biden as runner-up. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed Biden after receiving disappointing results.
- Joe Biden
Biden took the lead in the Democratic nomination race, winning in 10 states, including Texas, which has the most delegates after California. He made an impressive comeback and is now in the lead of the Democratic presidential race. The strong support he received from African American voters helped him win in South Carolina, and this showed itself once more in North Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama. In addition, he won in states where he hadn’t set foot in or spent money in advertising such as Arkansas and Tennessee.
- Bernie Sanders
Sanders only won four out of the 14 states that were part of the voting, but it was balanced by his win of the biggest prize of the night: California. Unlike Biden, he received strong support from Latinos, especially young voters. Consequently, he dominated the votes of people under 29, winning 65% of their votes compared to Biden’s 17%.
- Elizabeth Warren
Warren was met with disappointing results as she did not win in any state, even losing in her home state, Massachusetts, to Biden. According to exit polls, she did not have a target demographic, unlike Biden and Sanders. She announced her withdrawal from the presidential race on Thursday, March 5th. She has not yet endorsed any candidate, but Bernie Sanders asked Warren and her supporters to endorse him in a speech on Sunday, March 8th. However, it is still unclear whether she will endorse him or Biden.
- Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg was counting on Super Tuesday to propel him to the lead in the presidential race. He spent a total of $234 million in advertising in the 14 states that were to vote on Super Tuesday. However, he did not win in a single one, except in American Samoa. Met with unpleasant results, he announced he would drop out of the race and endorse Biden the morning after the votes (March 4th).
In conclusion, only two candidates are left in the Democratic nomination. Joe Biden leads with 664 pledged delegates so far, while Bernie Sanders has 573. The upcoming primaries will be on March 10th in six states (Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington, and Michigan). Michigan offers the biggest delegate prize, and holds 147 delegates. Will Sanders be able to lead again in the Democratic race, or will the “Joe-mentum” continue for Biden, allowing him to secure his place as the Democratic candidate to go against Trump?
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