Biden surges to Super Tuesday victory
Former Vice President Joe Biden surprised many with his Super Tuesday victory over Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Biden won 10 of the 14 participating in Super Tuesday, a day in which 13 states and one U.S. territory holds primary elections. Around one-third of the Democratic primary delegates are up for grabs on Super Tuesday.
Of the 14 states casting their votes, Biden won the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia for a total of 596 delegates. This impressive victory comes following former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) dropping out of the presidential race and endorsing Biden.
Sen. Sanders won four of the Super Tuesday states, including California, Colorado, Utah, and his home state of Vermont. Sanders was awarded 526 delegates.
Other candidates who received delegates include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who won the U.S. territory of American Samoa and received a total of 33 delegates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was awarded 54 delegates but was unable to win the majority of the vote in any state, including her home state of Massachusetts.
Following Super Tuesday, Bloomberg and Warren both dropped out of the race for President. Bloomberg wound up endorsing Biden, while Sen. Warren has yet to endorse a candidate for president. Bloomberg’s Super Tuesday performance was a disappointing one, as he spent $223 million on political ads throughout the country, online and on television; however, the ads were not enough to gain the support of voters.
On the Republican side, incumbent Donald Trump has dominated primaries. So far he has 833 delegates, with former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld receiving one delegate.
For Democrats, candidates need 1,991 delegates to receive the party’s nomination for President, so it is likely there is still a long way to go until the country sees a nominee for the Democrats. As for the Republicans, candidates need 1,276 delegates to win the party’s nomination, which will almost certainly be won by Trump.
The next primaries take place in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington, with 416 delegates up for grabs on Tuesday, March 10th.