- Former vice president Joe Biden won the Democratic presidential primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois on Tuesday.
- His opponent, Bernie Sanders, is falling behind in delegates.
- The three states allocated 441 of the 3,979 delegates to the nominating convention in July. Read more “Biden Wins Primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois”
- Former vice president Joe Biden won four of the six states that held Democratic presidential primaries on Tuesday.
- He is neck and neck with his rival, Bernie Sanders, in North Dakota and Washington state.
- 365 out of 3,979 delegates were at stake. Read more “Biden Wins Primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi”
Media reports commonly describe American presidential candidate Joe Biden as a “centrist”. He’s not.
Michael Bloomberg is a centrist. Biden may be moderate compared to his Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. But compared to the more likely alternative, Donald Trump, Biden is decidedly center-left.
This is not just semantics. If a centrist wins the Democratic nomination, some of Sanders’ supporters may be reluctant to vote for him. A center-left candidate, which Biden is, deserves their support. Read more “Biden Is Not a Centrist”
Joe Biden is now the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the United States.
- Delegates: Biden has won 642 pledged delegates against 566 for Bernie Sanders so far. 1,991 are needed to win the nomination outright.
- States: Biden won ten of the fourteen states that held primaries on “Super Tuesday” and he is polling in first place in Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri, which vote next Tuesday. Sanders is ahead in Washington state.
- Popular support: Biden’s national support has shot up from under 20 percent to an average of 34 percent since he won the South Carolina primary a week ago.
- Party support: Sixty more prominent Democrats have endorsed Biden in the wake of his South Carolina victory.
- Competitors: All other major candidates have quit, most recently Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren. Read more “Democratic Primary News”
Bernie Sanders argues he can defeat Donald Trump by convincing more Americans to vote. A self-declared socialist may lose some swing voters by campaigning on nationalizing health insurance and raising middle-class taxes, but he can make up for it, Sanders argues, by mobilizing young and working voters.
It’s always seemed unwise to me to bet on potential voters rather than actual voters. Now that skepticism has been substantiated. Read more “Sanders Claims He Can Raise Turnout. He Hasn’t So Far”
- 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). Read more “Biden Sweeps Super Tuesday States, Bloomberg Quits”
Why is the Democratic Party establishment in the United States scared of Bernie Sanders? Polls suggest the socialist from Vermont would do about as well against Donald Trump in a general election as his rival, Joe Biden.
I suspect there are three reasons:
- Democrats don’t trust the polls.
- They worry that, even if Sanders might defeat Trump, he would hurt down-ballot Democrats.
- They don’t want their party to be taken over by an outsider, like the Republican Party was in 2016. Read more “Why Democrats Are Scared of Sanders”
- Former vice president Joe Biden has won the Democratic primary in South Carolina on the back of overwhelming support from African Americans.
- Vermont senator Bernie Sanders placed a distant second.
- Billionaire Tom Steyer ended his presidential campaign after failing to qualify for delegates. Read more “Biden Wins South Carolina Primary, Steyer Drops Out”
- Joe Biden has risen in the South Carolina polls seemingly at the expense of the other center-left candidates.
- Biden has also taken a commanding lead in the endorsement primary, most recently winning the support of South Carolina’s most prominent Democrat: Congressman James Clyburn.
- Bernie Sanders has far less support from party officials, but he has won the endorsement of New York mayor Bill de Blasio, himself briefly a 2020 hopeful.
- Biden needs a win in South Carolina, where one in six Democratic voters are black, to breathe new life into his campaign.
- Sanders is wildly popular in California, the largest state to vote on Super Tuesday, March 3, but Biden leads in the few polls that have been conducted in Florida and Georgia. In North Carolina, Texas and Virginia, Biden, Michael Bloomberg and Sanders are neck and neck.
- Bloomberg won’t be on the ballot in South Carolina. Read more “Democratic Primary News”
After the New Hampshire primary, I argued it was too soon for center-left Democrats to panic about a possible Bernie Sanders nomination. Now that it looks like the self-described socialist will walk away with at least half of Nevada’s delegates, it’s time for his opponents to worry.
Unlike Republicans, Democrats don’t award their delegates to whoever receives the most votes in a given state. So there is little risk of Sanders winning a majority of the delegates to the national convention in July against two or three opponents, like Donald Trump was able to prevail with 45 percent support against Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio in 2016.
However, if more candidates split the anti-Sanders vote, each would struggle to meet the 15 percent support required to qualify for delegates. Under those circumstances, Sanders could win a majority. Read more “Time for Sanders’ Opponents to Put Their Heads Together”