Biden Sweeps Super Tuesday States, Bloomberg Quits

The former vice president places first in most states. Sanders is likely to win California.

  • Former vice president Joe Biden won ten of the fourteen states that held Democratic presidential primaries on “Super Tuesday”, including Elizabeth Warren’s home state Massachusetts and delegate-rich Virginia and Texas.
  • His socialist rival, Bernie Sanders, won in California, Colorado, Utah and Vermont.
  • Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ended his presidential campaign after failing to win any contest except the caucuses on American Samoa.
  • 1,344 pledged delegates were at stake, a third of the total (3,979) and two-thirds of the delegates needed to win the nomination on the first ballot (1,991).

Results

1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination. Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi and Washington delegate allocations incomplete.

Takeaways

  • The Democratic Party rallied around Joe Biden and it worked. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar ended their presidential bids and joined prominent party leaders, such as Jim Clyburn and Harry Reid, in endorsing Biden. Biden replicated the overwhelming support he got from black voters in South Carolina across the American South and consolidated the support of college-educated professionals in the suburbs, including around Boston, Massachusetts, Dallas and Houston, Texas, and in Northern Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington DC.
  • Sanders is down but not out. He will probably win around half the delegates in Texas and the majority of the delegates in California. He maintains a strong lead with young voters across the country and Latino voters in the West.
  • Michael Bloomberg’s gamble did not pay off. He hoped to do well on Super Tuesday and consolidate the moderate vote. Voters preferred Biden.