Here’s Where Things Stand After Super Tuesday

Published on March 4, 2020

Super Tuesday is arguably the most significant night leading up to the nomination of the Democratic candidate in the presidential election. 14 states held their elections, leaving a third of the total delegates up for grabs throughout the night. It takes 1,991 to win the nomination.

The field of candidates has narrowed significantly, from a large group in the beginning down to just five remaining. The race to the nomination thus far has been a fierce battle between Democrats to determine who gets to go up against President Trump.

The Candidates

Joe Biden picked up significant momentum after his February 29 win in South Carolina. Before Saturday’s win, many thought his campaign was dead in the water, but he came back and he came back strong.

Biden’s success in southern states is largely due to his popularity among Black voters. He also won several states, like Minnesota, that Bernie Sanders carried in 2016, which bodes well for Biden’s future ability to gain traction against his main competition for the nomination.

Sanders predictably won his home state of Vermont, also picking up wins in Colorado and Utah. The progressive to Biden’s moderate, Sanders had a strong start ahead of Super Tuesday. He had wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.

Texas was a very close match between Sanders and Biden. With 228 delegates on the line, it was a significant state for both men’s campaigns. Ultimately, Biden won out in the second largest state of the night.

Maine was another close competition between Biden and Sanders, and votes are still being counted, although Biden is currently leading.

Votes are also still being counted in California, where the polls closed last. California is one of the biggest prizes of the night with 415 delegates to award. Sanders is in the lead there.

Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bloomberg, and Tulsi Gabbard all struggled to gain any significant number of delegates in comparison to the frontrunners. Biden won Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, a loss that is a serious blow to her campaign. She is currently in third place, behind Biden and Sanders.

Bloomberg made countless headlines in recent weeks for the large sums of money he’s invested in his candidacy. Unfortunately for him, that spending does not seem to have paid off.

Where We’re At and What Comes Next

Biden has a narrow lead over Sanders after a truly remarkable comeback. At the time of this writing, the delegates stand with Biden in the lead at 390 and Sanders close behind at 330. Warren has 36, Bloomberg 12, and Gabbard 1.

It will take time for the larger states like Texas and California, and states where the race hasn’t been decided, to finish officially dividing up delegates. Since the official counts aren’t done, these numbers are subject to change as the day goes on.

So far, no candidates have dropped out of the race based on Super Tuesday results, but all signs point to a two-man race between Biden and Sanders going forward.

The next big day in the primary is March 10, when Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington all vote. There are still a significant number of states waiting to cast their votes before the Democratic National Convention in July.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump is running essentially uncontested. Whoever ends up winning the Democratic nomination will face off with him in the general election in November.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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