- "Thank you, Florida!" "Thank you, Illinois!" and "Thank you, Arizona!", Biden tweeted, after being projected the winner in each state.
- "Senator Sanders and I may disagree on tactics," Biden said, "but we share a common vision."
- Ohio postponed its primary due to the coronavirus, which dampened turnout in other states.
Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden won the primary elections held on Tuesday in the states of Florida, Illinois, and Arizona, broadening his advantage over his closest rival, Bernie Sanders, to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November US presidential elections.
Biden, 77, who served as Barack Obama’s Vice President, beat the 78-year old Senator from Vermont in the three states that held their primaries on Tuesday, in spite of the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic. With 100% of the vote now reporting, Biden won 62% against Sanders’ 23%.
“Thank you, Florida!” “Thank you, Illinois!” and “Thank you, Arizona!”, Biden tweeted, after being projected the winner in each state. In a speech largely dedicated to the crisis of the covid-19 pandemic, the former American Vice President stated that “our goal as a campaign, and my goal as a candidate, is to unify this party and unify this nation.”
Biden also reserved words for young people inspired by Sanders’ message. “So let me say especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Sen. Sanders, I hear you, I know what’s at stake, I know what we have to do.”
Biden added, “Sen. Sanders and I may disagree on tactics, but we share a common vision: for the need to provide affordable health care for all Americans, reduce income inequality that has risen so drastically, to tackling the existential threat of climate change.”
The three victories give Biden an almost insurmountable advantage over Sanders for the Democratic nomination for the November 3 presidential election. Ohio had also planned to vote on Tuesday, but Governor Mike DeWine declared a “health emergency,” and postponed the primary in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic, which has left more than 100 dead in the United States, was expected to have a significant impact on Tuesday’s voter turnout. In Florida, almost two million people had voted in the past few days or by mail, and the expectation was a low voter turnout. As a preventive measure in the state, the polling places that used to be centered for the elderly were transferred to other locations.
In Illinois, Chicago election commissioners struggled to find polling officials, the Chicago Tribune reported. In Arizona, voter turnout was very low. Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky, who were due to vote later, postponed their primaries to May and June.
Joe Biden Ahead
Former Vice President Joe Biden has won more delegates to date, instrumental in getting the Democratic nomination, and is almost 20 points ahead of his progressive rival Bernie Sanders in most national polls. Famous for his gaffes, Biden performed well in last Sunday’s Democratic debate, preventing Sanders, from regaining the lead.
During the debate, Biden announced that he would choose a woman as his running mate for Vice President. This is a move that would most likely help to gather sufficient support among Democrats who were disappointed that, despite a record number of diverse primary candidates, the race ended with two old, white men.