Voting is underway in 14 states and one territory on Tuesday in the largest day of voting in the United States primary season.
More than two-thirds of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination – 1,357 out of the 1,991 needed – at the party’s convention in July are up for grabs. California and Texas are the day’s biggest prizes, with 415 and 228 delegates, respectively.
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Super Tuesday comes amid a number of fast-moving developments for the Democratic Party: Former Vice President Joe Biden received endorsements from former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race just ahead of the big election day.
Despite Senator Bernie Sanders’s loss to Biden in South Carolina, he remains a frontrunner. His fellow progressive candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, is looking to make up for lost ground. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy will be tested for the first time as he participates in his first voting contest. The fifth Democrat still standing, Tulsi Gabbard, is polling just over 1 percent in national polls.
I’m Jihan and I’m taking over for Joseph for the next few hours. Here are all the latest updates:
20:50 GMT – Sanders votes in Vemont
Sanders and his wife Jane voted in their home state of Vermont, and told a crowd of reporters outside a polling place in Burlington that his campaign was about defeating Trump, who is the “the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country.”
“We are putting together a multi-generational, multi-racial movement of people who are standing up for justice and to beat Donald Trump, we are going to need to have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country,” he said.
Sanders is planning on holding an election night rally in Vermont.
20:45 GMT – Trump will be watching
Speaking on the White House lawn as he was heading to a roundtable on coronavirus Trump said he would be watching the results of Super Tuesday.
“I think it’s going to be a very interesting evening of television and I will be watching,” he told reporters.
Trump on Super Tuesday: ” I think it’s going to be a very interesting evening of television and I will be watching.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 3, 2020
Trump added that he does not have a favourite to run against in November, saying “I’ll take anybody I have to.”
20:00 GMT – Sanders team surprised by speed of Biden rise: Report
Bernie Sanders’s campaign was not expecting the speedy surge of moderate support for rival Joe Biden following his win in South Carolina, his campaign manager told the New York Times.
“We always anticipated that there would be consolidation of an establishment side,” Faiz Shakir told the newspaper. “It’s one thing to know it’s going to happen, and it’s another thing to watch it happen so very quickly.”
“Because of the swiftness with which it moved, it’s becoming clear that in order for us to win this nomination, that road clearly flows through Joe Biden,” he said.
19:30 GMT – Biden campaign launches Klobuchar ad
Less than a day after endorsing Joe Biden, Senator and former Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar has appeared in ad supporting her former rival.
The ad is airing in the Minneapolis area in Klobuchar’s home state of Minnesota, one of fourteen states with primaries on Tuesday, Politico reported, citing Biden’s campaign.
“It is time to turn back the division and the hate,” Klobuchar says in the ad, which uses footage from her endorsement announcement on Monday. “Vote for decency. Vote for dignity. Vote for a heart for our country.”
19:20 GMT – Former FBI Director James Comey supports Biden
Former FBI Director James Comey has thrown his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Comey tweeted Tuesday that he had voted in his first Democratic primary and that he believes the country needs a candidate “who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office”.
Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020
— James Comey (@Comey) March 3, 2020
Comey had served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He was fired as FBI director by Trump in May 2017.
The Biden campaign, however, didn’t seem terribly appreciative of the nod. Comey, a Republican, was fired by Trump in 2017 and remains a polarizing figure even in Democratic circles.
Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge? https://t.co/NK4VrYGzT1
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) March 3, 2020
Bates is the Biden campaign rapid response director.
19:00 GMT – Democratic operative tells RNC chair to ‘go to hell’
Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile, appearing on Fox News Channel, clashed with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, telling her to “go to hell” after the Republican party chief said the Democratic primaries will be “rigged” against Bernie Sanders.
“Stay the hell out of our race,” Brazile said, referring to Republicans in general. “For people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans is stupid. So Ronna, go to hell!”
Donna Brazile just told Ronna McDaniel to go to hell on FOX NEWSpic.twitter.com/Cd2LY9v5vW
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) March 3, 2020
18:45 GMT – No noticeable uptick in cyber attacks: Gov’t official
The national agency that oversees election security has not detected any notable uptick in either misinformation by foreign nations or targeted attacks on voting equipment during the first hours of voting during Super Tuesday.
Misinformation campaigns by Russian operatives and others are ongoing but there hasn’t been “any appreciable increase in activity,” as voters go to the polls for Super Tuesday, senior officials with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told reporters, according to Reuters news agency.
Louise Wilcox checks her ballots after coming out of a booth while voting in the primary election in Maine [Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press]
18:20 GMT – Election Protection coalition calls for extension of Tennessee primary
Election Protection, a national coalition that works to ensure election integrity, has called on Tennessee officials to extend the state’s primary after severe storms and tornadoes caused widespread destruction.
In a letter to the Tennessee’s governor and secretary of state, the group said that “the storm has made it difficult, if not impossible, for many people to vote in today’s primary election”.
The group also noted that the severe weather, which has killed at 22 people, has forced at least 24 polling stations to relocate.
BREAKING: We’re calling on #Tennessee officials to extend the primary election period for voters impacted by the destruction and devastation caused by the tornado. Voters must be given a full and fair opportunity to vote. For those in the affected area, that can’t happen today. pic.twitter.com/edI7f4ZoH2
— Kristen Clarke 866-OUR-VOTE (@KristenClarkeJD) March 3, 2020
18:00 GMT – Coronavirus fears loom over Super Tuesday
Super Tuesday has begun amid a backdrop of an escalating political and economic crisis over the global outbreak of the coronavirus, which has infected some 90,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,000, mostly in China.
In Travis County, Texas, voting got off to a slow start because many election workers did not show up, with some citing coronavirus fears, Reuters news agency reported, citing the county clerk’s office. The election office said it began implementing emergency procedures, with elections staff and others employees filling in as poll workers.
Wearing a mask as a precaution against passing or receiving germs, Joseph Dorocak casts his ballot on the eve of Super Tuesday at a voting center in Sacramento [Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press]
One California county sought to address concerns over the coronavirus by sending bottles of hand sanitizer to polling places and asking poll workers to post fliers from the public health department on how to avoid spreading the virus, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released guidance for polling stations instructing workers to frequently wash their hands and disinfect the machine and told those with symptoms to stay home.
17:45 GMT – Immigrant and Refugee rights group releases candidate score card
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) has released an immigration policy score card for each of the candidates.
The Texas-based non-profit judged each candidate based on 36 policy points falling under three categories “equality and inclusion for all people”, “build bridges not walls”, and “we were here because you were there”, which looks at foreign policy.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders scored the highest with “B-“, while Joe Biden was given a “C+” while Mike Bloomberg and Donald Trump were each given an “F”.
BREAKING: This #SuperTuesday and before voters go out to polls to decide who to vote for in this Democratic primary, RAICES Action releases a candidate scorecard to educate voters on who their best option is when it comes to immigration. #DontLookAway pic.twitter.com/8MsquuWm2i
— RAICES Action (@RAICESACTION) March 3, 2020
17:30 GMT – Report highlights difficulty of voting for transgender Americans
About 378,000 of an estimated 965,350 transgender adults who will be eligible to vote in the US 2020 general election could face barriers because they do not have an ID that correctly reflects their name or gender, according to a report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law published in February.
Of those, nearly 81 transgender adults live in the eight states with the strictest forms of voter ID laws and risk disenfranchisement: Super Tuesday states Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.
The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted about the potential problem on Tuesday, and urged any voters facing issues to call the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline.
If you face any trouble voting or have questions about your rights, call the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. #SuperTuesday
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 3, 2020
17:00 GMT – Analysis: Virginia the state to watch on Super Tuesday
Jonathan Last, a conservative US pundit and prominent never-Trumper, has some good analysis over at the Bulwark about what state is worth watching particularly close today – Virginia.
Why? “…because it has a mix of lots of different types of Democratic voters: African-Americans, college-educated suburbanites, union workers, and rural voters. There are no dense urban cores and not a lot of heavy industry, but it might be a pretty good bellwether,” Last writes.
He continues: “I suspect we are on the way to a protracted battle for the soul of the Democratic party that pits two very different coalitions against one another: African-Americans, union workers, and college-educated suburbanites versus progressives, young Hispanics, and populist outsiders.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently projected to win an average of 52 out of the state’s 99 pledged delegates.
16:45 GMT – Bloomberg acknowledges only path to victory is convention fight
Mike Bloomberg is acknowledging that his only path to the nomination is through a convention fight, while suggesting he may not win any states on Super Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at a field office in Miami, the business mogul and former mayor of New York City said, “I don’t know whether you’re gonna win any” when he was asked which of the 14 states voting Tuesday he believed he could win, according to the Associated Press news agency.
A vote for me is a vote to defeat Donald Trump. https://t.co/xtjZRuLObW#SuperTuesday pic.twitter.com/smdBTo7qfE
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) March 3, 2020
Bloomberg added, “You don’t have to win states, you have to win delegates.” He suggested that no one will get a majority of delegates and “then you go to a convention, and we’ll see what happens.”
Bloomberg was then asked if he wanted a contested convention and he said, “I don’t think that I can win any other way.”
16:30 GMT – Tennessee not the only state facing severe Super Tuesday weather
In rural central Alabama, the National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for at least five counties as polls began to open.
In Bibb County, southwest of Birmingham, as seven poll workers were getting ready to open up the Lawley Senior Activity Center, cellphone alerts began going off with a tornado warning about 6:45 AM, volunteer Gwen Thompson told the Associated Press news agency.
If you were affected by the tornado in Middle Tennessee today please check the Davidson County election commission website: https://t.co/213Ex0V7th. If you are experiencing any other voting issues call our campaign at 844-456-6453
— TN for Mike – Text MIKE to 80510 (@TNforMike) March 3, 2020
The storm knocked out electricity, she said, but the precinct’s two electronic voting machines had battery backups and a few people had cast ballots less than an hour later.
“We’re voting by flashlight,” Thompson said.
In Tennessee, tornadoes had killed 19 people early Tuesday, and forced many polling stations to relocate.
A man walks through storm debris following a deadly tornado in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday [Mark Humphrey/The Associated Press]
16:15 GMT – Time for Warren’s political obituary?
The New York Times already appears to be writing Elizabeth Warren’s political obituary this morning:
“Now, as voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday, Ms. Warren’s campaign has all but admitted her pathway to winning the Democratic nomination outright has vanished. She enters March seeking to accumulate delegates for a potential contested convention and is most realistically hunting for them in more educated enclaves, like Seattle and Denver, where she recently held rallies and is investing heavily in advertising.”
[email protected] greets her supporters after voting here in Cambridge, MA. pic.twitter.com/92KQ6mrWZB
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) March 3, 2020
“In many ways, the arc of the Warren candidacy is the story of her cornering an upscale demographic early, only to become confined to it, and then lose her grip on it,” the newspaper says.
The Times calls that upscale demographic the “wine track” of Democratic politics: white, affluent and college-educated voters, especially women.
Warren voted in her home state of Massachusetts in the last hour and didn’t sound like someone who is giving up just yet. But polls there have her trailing Sanders by 4 points. If she can’t win her own state, odds are that she’s not going to do terribly well nationally.
16:00 GMT – Bernie Sanders casts vote in Vermont
Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner heading into Super Tuesday, has cast his vote in his home city of Burlington, Vermont.
“To beat Donald Trump, we are going to need to have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country. We need energy. We need excitement. I think our campaign is that campaign,” he said.
Polls indicate an all-but-sure majority for Sanders in the state, where he is forecasted to take an average of 12 of the 16 pledged delegates.
Bernie Sanders drove himself to his polling place in Burlington, VT this morning. pic.twitter.com/sSvAoTEHxo
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) March 3, 2020
15:45 GMT – Elizabeth Warren casts vote in Massachusetts
Elizabeth Warren has cast her ballot in her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In a video posted to her Instagram page, Warren speaks to a group of children before casting her ballot. As she leaves, a crowd of supports chants “welcome home”.
Warren has eight delegates heading into Super Tuesday, far behind Bernie Sanders 60 and Joe Biden’s 54. She has vowed to stay in the race until the party’s national convention in July.
15:30 GMT – Sanders maintains demographic edge in key states: Report
Bernie Sanders may have the establishment apparatus of the Democratic Party lined up against him, but an analysis of voter preferences by congressional district concluded that he maintains a demographic edge over Joe Biden in key states like California and Texas with huge delegate counts.
The analysis of census data by the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, provided to CNN, concludes that because Sanders performs well among Hispanic voters and white voters without college degrees, he has a strong chance of earning delegates in congressional districts where those voters compose at least a quarter of the eligible electorate.
Meanwhile, there are fewer Super Tuesday districts where Black voters and white voters with college degrees, who have been more resistant to Sanders, are prevalent, according to the analysis.
People vote on the deck of the Echo Park Deep Pool in Los Angeles, California [Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]
This is critical because, unlike the November general election, in which electoral college votes go to whichever candidate wins a state’s popular vote, many of the delegates in today’s primary elections will be distributed proportionally.
It’s not just about winning states, it’s about how much you win by and how much of the vote you get in both states and congressional districts. There are no winner-take-all states.
15:15 GMT – Polls have opened in California
Polls have opened in the California, a state with 415 delegates up for grabs, the most of any Super Tuesday states.
Sanders is expected to win the majority, an average of 32 percent of the vote, according to polling by FiveThirtyEight. That equates to about 164 delegates, according to their forecasts.
California voters who had already mailed in their ballot for a candidate who has since quit the race will be out of luck, as there is no provision in the state’s election law for a redo.
CALIFORNIA: TODAY is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM. As long as you are in line by 8PM, you will be able to vote. If you run into any issues, you can contact the voter hotline: 800-345-VOTE(8683). Find your polling place here:https://t.co/H8H63rnCeD
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 3, 2020
15:00 GMT – Super Tuesday first contest to show latino influence
Super Tuesday is expected to be the first primary where the influence of the Latino vote will be felt, according to a report by Reuters news agency.
Accounting for 13.3 percent of eligible voters, Latinos will be the largest minority voting group in the general election, according to the Pew Research Center.
That is an 80 percent jump since 2000, and compares to a share of black voters that has been roughly level since then at around 12 percent, and a white share that has fallen 10 percentage points to an estimated 66 percent of the eligible electorate.
Supporters listen as US Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally at East Los Angeles College in Los Angeles [Lucy Nicholson/Reuters]
The Latino vote helped shaped recent local races in North Carolina and flipped California Congressional districts in 2018, according to Reuters, both Super Tuesday states.
With Latino populations leaning Democratic by about a two-to-one margin, Super Tuesday states like Texas and North Carolina could become increasingly competitive for democrats, along with Florida and Arizona, whose primaries are later in March.
14:20 GMT – How will Biden’s victory in South Carolina affect the race?
The short turnaround between Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, which Biden ran away with, and today’s voting means there hasn’t been much in the way of polling to gauge what impact, if any, that outcome had on voters. This morning, we got one from Data for Progress, a progressive thing-tank.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers just after the Nevada caucuses, which Sanders dominated, and South Carolina:
Colorado: Sanders over Biden by 24 points
North Carolina: Sanders over Biden by 2 points.
Texas: Sanders over Biden by 9 points
Virginia: Sanders over Biden by 9 points
Post South Carolina:
Colorado: Sanders over Biden by 14 points
North Carolina: Biden over Sanders by 9 points
Texas: Biden over Sanders by 2 points
Virginia: Biden over Sanders by 15 Points.
Nate Silver over at FiveThirtyEight, one of the top American political prognosticators, has adjusted his projections and now predicts Biden winning the delegate race against Sanders, but failing to secure enough to win the nomination outright.
Sanders remains firmly in the lead in FiveThirtyEight average of national polls.
A brokered convention remains the odds-on favourite.
So this is the first fully post-South Carolina poll we’ve seen in a Super Tuesday state, from a pollster that generally has low numbers for Biden and, ummm, it has Biden +20 in Virginia, a state where the polls were ~tied before SC.https://t.co/8hFcxidICn pic.twitter.com/8VtHdd4F3A
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 3, 2020
13:39 GMT – Trump kicks off Super Tuesday with tweets aimed at Bloomberg
Trump kicked off his Twitter game on Tuesday with tweets aimed at Michael Bloomberg.
“Mini Mike Bloomberg can never recover from his incompetent debate performances,” Trump tweeted, using his self-declared nickname for the former New York City mayor.
“Also as mayor he was very bad under pressure – a chocker!” Trump added without elaborating.
Mini Mike Bloomberg can never recover from his incompetent debate performances. Also, as mayor he was very bad under pressure – a choker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2020
13:00 GMT – When will polls close?
The 14 states voting on Tuesday cover nearly all time zones in the US. Here’s a look at when polling stations close across the US.
Closing at 7:00pm EST (00:00 GMT)
Vermont and Virginia
Closing at 7:30pm EST (00:30 GMT)
Closing at 8:00pm EST (01:00 GMT)
Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
Closing at 8:30pm EST (01:30 GMT)
Closing at 9pm EST (02:00 GMT)
Colorado, Minnesota, El Paso, Texas
Closing at 10pm EST (03:00 GMT)
Closing at 11pm EST (04:00 GMT)
12:52 GMT – Tornadoes kill 7, affect polling stations in Tennessee
Tornadoes that ripped through parts of Tennessee, early on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, have closed some polling stations in the state.
The city government of Nashville said voters whose polling stations were hit by the twister can vote at two Election Commission office locations instead.
Any voter whose polling location has been affected by damage will be able to vote at either of the two Election Commission office locations today: • 1417 Murfreesboro Pike • 800 Second Avenue South, 4th Floor Reminder that all polling locations open one hour late at 8 AM.
— Metro Nashville (@MetroNashville) March 3, 2020
Polling across Davidson County, where Nashville is located, are also opening an hour late due to the tornado. The tornados also affected the counties of Putnam and Benton.
A resident makes her way down a street amid downed trees and heavy debris in Nashville, Tennessee [Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP]
12:41 GMT – #IVoted: Voters share voting experiences online
Voters in the East Coast Super Tuesday states and those abroad are taking to social media to share their voting experiences online.
Just a short line this morning. #IVoted pic.twitter.com/GtREU00jpK
— M_McQuaid (@m_mcquaid) March 3, 2020
— Paul Verhagen (@PJverhagen) March 3, 2020
#Ivoted in my #libertygreen shoes and #NeverthelessShePersisted shirt, and planted my @ewarren sign at my polling place. My work here is done. 🗳🗽🇺🇸 #TeamWarren #AllInForWarren #WinWithWarren #Warren2020 pic.twitter.com/tH4XWZZixP
— Mollee Sullivan (@midlomollee) March 3, 2020
12:07 GMT – How many delegates are up for grabs in each state?
More than 1,300 delegates are up for grabs on Tuesday. Here’s the breakdown based on state:
North Carolina: 110
Democrats abroad: 13
American Samoa: 6
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11:46 GMT – Polls open in most East Coast Super Tuesday states
Polls have opened in a number of East Coast states, including Virginia, North Carolina and Maine. Some polling locations have also opened in Vermont and Massachusetts.
Good way to start off #supertuesday. #ivoted https://t.co/PFyU9T3TlP pic.twitter.com/lX7XcZWVjV
— Matt “🧶” Thompson (@Fortran) March 3, 2020
11:45 GMT – What’s is the delegate count so far?
Of the remaining candidates, here’s a look at how many delegates each candidate has heading into Super Tuesday:
Bernie Sanders – 60
Joe Biden – 54
Elizabeth Warren – 8
Michael Bloomberg – 0
Tulsi Gabbard – 0
*A candidate needs 1,991 to win
11:40 GMT – Who are the candidates?
Last year Democrats saw a diverse field of more than 25 candidates. Today there are only five.
Joe Biden: The 77-year-old served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. Before that he served nearly four decades in Congress. He got a boost on Saturday in a major victory in South Carolina. Read more about Biden here.
Michael Bloomberg: The 78-year-old is the former mayor of New York City (2002-2013). The billionaire enter the race late and the Super Tuesday contests are the first he is competing in. Read more about Bloomberg here.
Tulsi Gabbard: Many are surprised that the 38-year-old US representative from Hawaii is still in the race. She’s been polling at just over 1 percent. Read more about her here.
Bernie Sanders: The 78-year-old senator from Vermont says he’s mounting a grassroots effort to beat Trump. The self-described Democratic socialist remains a frontrunner after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, as well as the popular vote in Iowa. Read more about Sanders here.
Elizabeth Warren: The 70-year-old senator from Massachusetts is looking to regain the momentum she had last year, but poor performances in the early voting contests may prove too difficult to overcome. Read more about Warren here.
Super Tuesday: Biden wins 9 states, Sanders takes California
A resurgent Joe Biden has scored sweeping victories across the United States with the backing of a diverse coalition and progressive rival Bernie Sanders seized Super Tuesday’s biggest prize with a win in California as the Democratic Party’s once-crowded presidential field became a two-man contest. The two Democrats, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for…
A resurgent Joe Biden has scored sweeping victories across the United States with the backing of a diverse coalition and progressive rival Bernie Sanders seized Super Tuesday’s biggest prize with a win in California as the Democratic Party’s once-crowded presidential field became a two-man contest.
The two Democrats, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for the US’s future, were battling for delegates as 14 states and one US territory held a series of high-stakes elections that marked the most significant day of voting in the party’s 2020 presidential nomination fight. The winner of the primary season will take on President Donald Trump in the November general election.
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The exit of Michael Bloomberg from the race on Wednesday morning left Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as the last barrier between either man and the nomination. Warren, who finished in a disappointing third place in her home state, was said to reassessing her candidacy on Wednesday.
The contours of a nomination fight pitting Biden against Sanders, each leading coalitions of disparate demographics and political beliefs, were crystallising by day’s end as the former vice president and the three-term senator spoke of and to each other through duelling victory speeches 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) apart on Tuesday night, even if they avoided using each other’s name.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary election night campaign rally [Chris Carlson/AP Photo]
“People are talking about a revolution. We started a movement,” Biden charged in Los Angeles, knocking one of Sanders’ signature calls for a “political revolution”.
Without citing his surging rival by name, Sanders swiped at Biden from Burlington, Vermont.
“You cannot beat Trump with the same-old, same-old kind of politics,” Sanders declared, ticking down a list of past policy differences with Biden on Social Security, trade and military force.
“This will become a contrast in ideas,” he added. “We’re going to win the Democratic nomination and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country.”
The balance of Super Tuesday’s battlefield – with Biden winning at least nine states and Sanders four – raised questions about whether the Democratic primary contest will stretch all the way to the July convention or be decided much sooner.
Biden’s strong finish punctuated a dramatic turnaround in the span of just three days when he leveraged a blowout victory in South Carolina to score sweeping victories on Tuesday that transcended geography, class and race. His victory there prompted former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar to drop out of the race and endorse the former vice president.
Biden showed strength in the Northeast with a win in Massachusetts, won Minnesota in the upper Midwest and finished on top across the South in Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas – in addition to Oklahoma. He gained an unexpected victory in Texas, where he was neck-and-neck with Sanders for much of the night, and the New England state of Maine was not called in his favour until Wednesday afternoon.
Sanders opened Super Tuesday as the undisputed Democratic frontrunner and was in a position to claim an insurmountable delegate lead. And while he scored the night’s biggest delegate-prize in California, he scored just three other decisive victories, winning his home state of Vermont, along with Utah and Colorado.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, accompanied by his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders, speaks during a primary night election rally in Essex Junction, Vermont [Matt Rourke/AP Photo]
Still, Sanders proved he could deliver in perhaps the greatest test of his decades-long political career. His success was built on a base of energised liberals, young people and Latinos. And his conclusive win in California marks a huge reversal in a state he lost four years ago.
In Biden and Sanders, Democrats have a stark choice in what kind of candidate they want to run against Trump.
Sanders is a 78-year-old, self-described democratic socialist who relies on an energised coalition of his party’s far-left flank that embraces his longtime fight to transform the nation’s political and economic systems.
Biden is a 77-year-old lifelong leader of his party’s Washington establishment who emphasises a more pragmatic approach to core policy issues like healthcare and climate change.
Voting stickers are seen at a polling station on Super Tuesday in Los Angeles, California [Lucy Nicholson/Reuters]
Biden racked up his victories despite being dramatically outspent and out-staffed. Moderate rival Bloomberg, for example, poured more than $19m into television advertising in Virginia, while Biden spent less than $200,000. Bloomberg spent more than half-a-billion dollars in Super Tuesday states overall.
Black voters have been key to Biden’s success. Biden, who served two terms as President Barack Obama’s vice president, won 60 percent of the black vote in Alabama, where African Americans made up more than half the Democratic electorate on Tuesday. Bloomberg earned 25 percent and Sanders won about 10 percent of African American votes, according to AP VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the electorate.
Long, long lines
Perhaps another theme of the night was long lines.
Some voters in Texas reported waiting up to five hours to vote. By 11:30pm in the state, lines were reported in several places, including Texas Southern University.
It’s 11:30 PM and there are still voters in line at TSU. This is unacceptable! VOTING SHOULD BE EASY and not take 4+ hours. pic.twitter.com/Y0lP7EbW3V
— Jolt Action (@JoltAction) March 4, 2020
The unusually long lines are a result of the reduction of polling stations after hundreds were closed over recent years, with rights groups saying the closures disproportionately affected minority groups.
“I think the story tonight is really about the closure of polling places across Texas and across the country,” said Charlie Bonner, communications manager for MOVE Texas, a nonpartisan organisation that encourages young people to vote.
“We’re seeing [closures] predominately in black and brown communities across Texas,” he told Al Jazeera. “And it’s having a disproportionate effect on our young people.”
Voters wait in line to cast their ballot in the Democratic primary at a polling station in Houston, Texas [Callaghan O’Hare/Reuters]
Long lines were also reported in California. The Sanders campaign requested an emergency injunction on Tuesday, asking for polls in Los Angeles County to stay open for an extra two hours after reports of delays and long lines.
The county is one of several big jurisdictions in California that used new voting machines and procedures in the 14-state Super Tuesday primary, a day when millions turned out to vote.
“If you’re in line to vote, stay in line!” Sanders tweeted late in the night.
It was not immediately clear if the injunction had been granted.
As the results continue to come in, Tuesday’s delegate counts are expected to continue to shift, perhaps dramatically. Some candidates continue to hover around the 15 percent vote threshold they must hit to earn delegates.
The ultimate nominee must ultimately claim 1,991 delegates, which is a majority of the 3,979 pledged delegates available this primary season.
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