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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

State

Delegates

Biden

Sanders

Warren

Bloomberg

Alabama 44 8 0 0
American Samoa 0 0 0 4
Arkansas 17 9 0 5
California 172 225 11 7
Colorado 21 29 8 9
Maine 11 9 4 0
Massachusetts 45 30 16 0
Minnesota 38 27 10 0
North Carolina 68 37 2 3
Oklahoma 21 13 1 2
Tennessee 36 22 1 5
Texas 113 99 5 11
Utah 7 16 3 3
Vermont 5 11 0 0
Virginia 67 31 1 0

Total gained

665

566

62

49

Total

716

623

70

49

1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination.

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.

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