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5 Things We Learned From Biden’s Stunning Victories Over Bernie Sanders

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here.Is there anything stopping Joe Biden from winning the Democratic nomination? All signs point to no. Biden is in the driver’s seat after a decisive win in Michigan and elsewhere Tuesday night, and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon: After cleaning…

5 Things We Learned From Biden’s Stunning Victories Over Bernie Sanders

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Is there anything stopping Joe Biden from winning the Democratic nomination? All signs point to no.

Biden is in the driver’s seat after a decisive win in Michigan and elsewhere Tuesday night, and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon: After cleaning up in the South and the Midwest, Biden could all but clinch the nomination next week with big wins in Illinois, Ohio, and Florida.

So far Biden has won 53 of Michigan’s 125 delegates, and picked up a net of 18 over Sanders, with 37 left to be allotted. He also picked up easy wins in Mississippi, Missouri — which Sanders lost by fewer than 1,500 votes four years ago, but lost by a whopping 25% on Tuesday — and Idaho, another state Sanders won in 2016.

As of publication, Sanders was holding onto the slightest of leads in Washington with plenty left to report there, and was winning in the North Dakota caucuses. In a sign of how bad his night was, Sanders didn’t even make an appearance on Tuesday night.

“Just over a week ago, many of the pundits declared that this candidacy was dead,” Biden told supporters in Philadelphia on Tuesday. “Now, we’re very much alive.”

The clear signal now is that Joe Biden is no longer just the obvious frontrunner in the race, but that, barring an unforeseen catastrophe over the next several weeks, he will be the Democratic nominee.

The Biden coalition is taking shape

The Biden coalition looks a lot like the one that won the Democrats the House in the 2018 midterms — strong support from older voters, black voters, the middle class, the cities and the moderate suburbs. But Biden also continued to dominate Sanders with a key demographic: Women.

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While Biden only bested Sanders with men in Michigan 47%-43%, according to CNN’s exit poll, Biden won women in the state by a whopping 23 points, which contributed heavily to his margin of victory, as women made up over half of the vote there on Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Biden is replicating the coalition of former President Barack Obama. Even with all of his momentum, Biden continues to get absolutely destroyed with young voters — 18-29 year olds in Michigan went for Sanders by nearly sixty points, according to CNN.

Sanders’ support from the Latino community is also still strong, with Latinos going for him by double-digits in Michigan, according to CNN.

READ: Bernie Sanders got clobbered on Tuesday and has no clear path to the nomination

Democrats really want to get rid of Trump

All across the board, voters were focused on one thing above all else: Defeating the incumbent president.

In Michigan, 58% of people said beating Donald Trump was more important than having a nominee who agreed with them. And while Sanders won those focused on the issues by double-digits, Biden won those who just want to get rid of Trump by more than 30 points, according to exit polls.

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