A Two-Man Race


Super Tuesday, or the Primary Elections took place on March 3rd for the American Samoa territory, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. 


For the politically impaired, Super Tuesday is participated in by the greatest number of U.S. states and territories to select their preferred candidate for the election. The incentive is pretty much the same for every state, which is to have influence in the election party by voting early.  With California and Texas being the two most populous states, more than 40% of the country voted in this particular election this year.


The Democratic nomination is now narrowed to a two-man race. Joe Biden showed surprising strength by taking 10 out of 15 participating states, cleaning up delegates from states he didn’t even campaign in. 100 percent of delegates voted for him in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Texas, where Bernie Sanders was expected to win.


Biden’s lack of campaign funds, and lack of time to release ads prevented him from campaigning in California, a state with enough delegates to kick Bernie clear out of the running. 


But he didn’t let that stop him. Biden gained several formal endorsements during the Dallas rally on March 2nd, the night before Super Tuesday.


One endorser, Beto O’Rourke called Biden the “antithesis of Donald Trump.” He described President Trump as being an “existential threat” to “free and fair elections.” O’Rourke and Biden are both infamous for their anti-second amendment agenda, and their partnership was sealed when Biden promised O’Rourke he’d be the one who leads his gun control effort should he win the election. 


Pete Buttigeig, the first openly gay and Christian presidential candidate, also came to offer his support on Monday night. Buttigeig was a former candidate who jumped to the top tier in the primaries but dropped out of the race Sunday night after he lost South Carolina to Biden. Despite their differences, Buttigeig believes his vision for America is acheivable by Biden, and that he is the right candidate to “bring back dignity to the white house,” and rally the country against Donald Trump.


Biden still seems to be on his way to defeating President Donald Trump, and continues to prove his popularity and capability. 


Second democratic candidate Bernie Sanders won the remaining 5 states, not to forget the biggest prize of the night:  93% of the 415 delegates in California. However, his once high hopes about sweeping the electoral field, diminished in a matter of days.


But it’s probable that Sanders still has a path to the democratic nomination. While he may have won less states, he is only 82 delegates behind, with 162 left to be awarded. Who’s to say he can’t or won’t get ahead? 


His most recent rally took place last night at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. The number of attendants is undetermined, but those who came to support him witnessed quite a powerful speech centered around his political agenda in contrast to President Donald Trump’s.


At the rally, Sanders promised to inspire a new and more diverse generation but it seems as though democrats are continuing to close their minds to Sanders’ campaign, and rally behind Biden.


The biggest concern for the left party at this point in the race, is picking a safe candidate who can defeat Trump. Biden’s incremental policies and tactics are proving to be more appealing in contrast to Bernies ideological way. 


Sanders’ strengths lie within his liberal views and policies that have been attracting young supporters since 2016, but despite his strong and passionate vision, voters are turning away in fear of empty promises he has no means to fulfill.


On the other hand, Bernie’s young demographic could be his perfect leg up. Potential voters might view Bernie as someone who can actually shape future generations in a way other candidates cannot.



“He’s [Mr. Biden] very obviously aged in a way that Bernie hasn’t,” says Michelle Goldberg, opinion writer from the New York Times.