It was a good evening for former Vice President Joe Biden: on “Super Tuesday” he won the primaries in nine member states to date. However, his fiercest competitor Bernie Sanders, who won in at least three member states, remains confident.
Bernie Sanders is not surrendered. When the Vermont senator spoke on Tuesday in a multipurpose hall in his home state, he said unabashedly: “We will win the nomination for the Democratic presidential candidate”. And: “We will beat the most dangerous president in the history of this country.”
Sanders did not have any reason to celebrate on “Super Tuesday”, the most important day in the Democratic primary so far. According to provisional results, the self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” won in Colorado (67 delegates in total), Utah (29) and Vermont (16). He also had a victory in California (415 delegates), although at the time of his speech there were no results from this particularly populous and accordingly important member state. It was too early to give a precise forecast of the number of delegates won. These are also allocated proportionally and according to a complex key.
The real winner of “Super Tuesday” – and hardly anyone would have expected it until a few days ago – was former Vice President Joe Biden. He won in Texas (total of 228 delegates), North Carolina (110), Virginia (99), Massachusetts (91), Minnesota (75), Tennessee (64), Alabama (52), Oklahoma (37), Arkansas ( 31) the most votes and was just ahead in Maine (24). Almost every one of these victories was more powerful than the forecasters had predicted a few days ago.
So Joe Biden won in Minnesota, the home of Senator Amy Klobuchar, who on Monday decided spontaneously to end her presidential bid and support her former opponent Biden. On Tuesday, he won around 38 percent of the vote, about eight percentage points more than Sanders. This was despite the fact that Sanders last fought for votes at the beginning of the week in St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, and was considered a favorite on paper after Klobuchar’s departure. The massive migration of voters is a sign that the democratic regular voters only made a decision at the last moment and supported the consolidation process on the moderate party wing. Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts also suffered from this, finishing third in her own member state.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, was extremely satisfied with his victories in his victory speech in Los Angeles. “We are still very well alive,” said the former vice president and long-time senator from Delaware – a nod to all the political obituaries that had been published in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada after his poor performance. “It looks very good for us,” Biden said to cheering fans. Much like after his victory in South Carolina, he described himself as an “Obama-Biden Democrat” who would defeat Trump and then heal the wounds the Republican President had inflicted during his tenure.
Bloomberg is not convincing
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not get into the race for the presidential bid until late – and threw a lot of money for his first appearance in the primaries. He invested more than $ 500 million in commercials. Bloomberg had previously decided to run the campaign in the states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. According to forecasts, the multi-billionaire achieved its best results on the Pacific archipelago of American Samoa (50 percent and a total of 6 delegates) and in the state of Colorado (22 percent). His worst result came in Minnesota (8 percent).
The numbers from Tennessee, a member state that Bloomberg was the only candidate to work on for weeks, are striking. The New Yorker only won 16 percent of the votes there. In a speech in Florida, before the polling stations closed, Bloomberg confidently said that he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. And that a few weeks ago no one believed that this was possible – a highly optimistic analysis given the millions of dollars Bloomberg invested in its campaign infrastructure.
In a written statement, campaign chief Kevin Sheekey said: “Our priority remains that we want to defeat Donald Trump in November.” The New York Times reported that Bloomberg would meet with his team on Wednesday to analyze the results of the poll. Because: “Super Tuesday II”, the next quasi-national area code with six member states, will take place the next Tuesday.