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Clyburn Calls for Shutting Democratic Primary Down as Biden Surges

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), a key supporter of 2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, said he is ready to call off the Democratic primary race and declare Biden the winner.

Six states went to vote on Tuesday night, and Biden won four of them, including Missouri, Idaho, crucial Michigan, and Mississippi, while rival Sen. Bernie Sanders won North Dakota, and Washington state is still up for grabs. Biden currently has 846 delegates to Sanders 684.

“I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down, it is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates,” Clyburn told NPR. “Because you dont do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when its obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you.”

After losing in four states to Biden, Sanders didnt reveal his plans moving forward, although some of his supporters and campaign staffers indicated that he would continue until at least the next debate on March 15, which would put Sanders against Biden.

Pressed on the issue, Clyburn told the broadcaster that if Biden were to make a clean sweep on Tuesday, the former vice president would become the “prohibitive nominee,” adding that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) should “step in” and “make an assessment and determine whether they ought to have any more debates.”

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) greets Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at the National Action Network South Carolina Ministers Breakfast in North Charleston, S.C. on Feb. 26, 2020. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

A prolonged fight between Biden and Sanders, he added, could possibly damage Bidens chances against President Donald Trump in the general election.

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