Former Vice President Joe Biden built a significant lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary race on March 10, scoring a key victory in the battleground state of Michigan and picking up wins in Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho.
Sanders won North Dakota. The two candidates were toe-to-toe in Washington state with two thirds of the votes counted.
The elections in the six states marked the first time voters weighed in since the contest narrowed to a two-person race on Super Tuesday, when Bidens campaign made a dramatic comeback after underwhelming performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
Addressing supporters in Philadelphia, Biden noted that pundits had “declared that this candidacy was dead” only just over a week ago, but “now were very much alive.” He also asked Sanders supporters to back him going forward.
Sanders didnt make a public statement after his losses when he returned home to Vermont late March 10, a departure from his usual practice on primary nights. The senator wrote a tweet in the early evening expressing concern over voter suppression.
“At a time when Democrats correctly attack Republicans for voter suppression, to see voters standing in long lines for hours in Michigan and around America is an outrage,” Sanders wrote.
Both candidates canceled rallies for late March 10 in response to recommendations from officials concerned over the spread of the coronavirus. In the address to supporters on March 10, Biden gave a nod to Sanders.
“I want to thank Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their tireless energy and their passion,” Biden said. “We share a common goal, and together well beat Donald Trump.”
The March 10 results compound the lead Biden secured on Super Tuesday. The candidates now head to the March 17 primary contests in the populous states of Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and Georgia. Polling averages tallied by Real Clear Politics suggest Biden is the clear favorite in Florida and Georgia.
The two Democratic candidates will face each other in a live debate, but without a live audience, on March 15, according to the Democratic National Committee.
In 2016, Sanders upset Hillary Clinton by winning in Michigan. His loss to Biden in the state could undermine his argument of appealing to working-class voters and that he could expand the electorate with new young voters.
One of the few bright notes for Sanders was his strength among young voters, but the turnout among the group was not enough to help him. Sanders won 72 percent of those under 30 in Missouri and 65 percent in Michigan, according to AP VoteCast. The senator was roughly even with Biden among voters ages 30 to 44.
“Theres no sugarcoating it. Tonights a tough night,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y), one of Sanderss highest-profile supporters, said on Instagram. “Tonights a tough night for the movement overall. Tonights a tough night electorally.”
Although six states voted, Michigan, with its 125 delegates, got most of the attention. Trump won the state by only 10,704 votes during the general election—his closest margin of victory among Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Those states gave Trump the narrow edge in the 2016 Electoral College after Clinton won the popular vote.
Biden has secured 847 delegates to the national convention, compared with Sanderss 685. An additional 682 delegates are on the line on March 17. Either candidate can secure an outRead More – Source