- With 95% reporting in Washington, Biden has 37.9% of the vote and Sanders 36.4%.
- Primaries are scheduled March 17 in three states: Arizona, Florida, and Illinois.
- Ohio was scheduled to hold its primary too, but Gov. Mike DeWine postponed due to coronavirus.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of last week’s Democratic presidential election in Washington. In doing so, he beat his rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in five of the six states that went to the polls on March 10. After nearly a week of counting, Biden retained a small lead over Sanders.
After counting 95% of the votes cast, Biden has 37.9% of the vote and Sanders 36.4%. Sanders had put a lot of his hopes on Washington. There, he won two-thirds of the delegates four years ago, when he faced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in state caucuses. Biden also won in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri. Sanders only brought in North Dakota.
On Tuesday, primaries are scheduled in three states— Arizona, Florida, and Illinois. Voting was also to take place in Ohio, but Governor Mike DeWine postponed voting to early June because of the coronavirus crisis. President Trump previously said he did not think it was necessary to postpone it, but DeWine reported on Twitter that the health risks are too great to hold the election. A few hours before that decision, a judge refused to authorize the postponement.
The states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana have also decided to postpone their states’ presidential primaries. Sanders and Biden also wondered aloud, during a CNN TV debate on Sunday, whether it is wise to vote now. All campaign meetings have been canceled.
Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday Comeback
Joe Biden, whose chances of clinching the Democratic nomination for President initially seemed narrow, made a comeback during the Super Tuesday primaries, when voters across the eastern, southern, and central United States made a clear choice. The party faithful apparently decided to settle for a moderate candidate to defeat President Trump in November. In those parts of the country, a majority chose the former Vice President.
Fourteen states and American Samoa went to the polls on Super Tuesday two weeks ago. Together, the states account for about 40 percent of the delegates who would nominate the Democratic presidential candidate in July. Super Tuesday’s victories represented a giant step toward the nomination.
The next morning, at about 8:30 AM Eastern, the American media had projected Biden victories in nine states, including a surprising win in Texas. Sanders, the more left-wing of the two candidates, won in only three states.
The Resurrection of Biden
Joe Biden celebrated the evening as a resurrection of his candidacy. Speaking to his supporters in a Los Angeles suburb, he said he had been knocked down and declared dead by the media, until he won the South Carolina primary the previous Saturday.
The vast majority of them chose Biden, and a majority considered that he has the best chance of defeating Trump out of all candidates. That is precisely the very argument that Biden himself has been advancing from the time when he announced his candidacy.