On Tuesday, March 3, the remaining Democratic candidates faced off during the biggest day of the Democratic primary campaign. With 1,357 delegates at stake, Super Tuesday saw the party’s frontrunners—Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden—pull ahead of the pack as 14 different states and American Samoa cast their votes to decide which Democratic candidate will run against incumbent President Donald Trump in the November election.
While officials are still counting votes in California (though the Associated Press called it early for Sen. Sanders), Biden appeared to be the winner of the evening, as he took home Texas following an endorsement from former Democratic contender Beto O’Rourke. He also won Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota (following an endorsement from Sen. Amy Klobuchar), North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, signaling a blow to his rival’s flagging presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, Sanders won his home state of Vermont, Utah, and Colorado, and he is projected to take home the biggest delegate prize of the day: California, which has 415 delegates.
Biden and Sanders’ starkly different ideals and agendas show a divide in the party as the Democrats move towards deciding who will run against President Trump in the 2020 election. Following the day’s results, Biden alluded to the comments he made following his surprising South Carolina win just days earlier. Appearing to slam Sanders’ brand of Democratic Socialism, a smiling Biden told supporters on March 3, “People are talking about a revolution, we started a movement.”
Meanwhile, Sanders appeared to stick to his guns as he retorted, “You cannot beat Trump with the same-old, same-old kind of politics. This will become a contrast in ideas.”
While the race to the White House is far from over, here’s what the Super Tuesday results could mean for the election and the Democratic party’s future leading up to November.
With one-third of the Democratic party’s delegates now accounted for, the results of Super Tuesday appear to establish Biden as the current Democratic frontrunner.
Following the races on March 3, Biden’s campaign rode on its momentum from his South Carolina win as he clinched a projected nine states, including Maine. While the former vice president was originally thought to be the party’s top contender heading into the race, his campaign has had a lackluster showing in recent months. However, Biden’s recent win in South Carolina, a surge of donations, and now a handful of big Super Tuesday victories show that his campaign appears to be back on track.
While there are still plenty of delegates to take account of in the coming months, the results from March 3 show that he can definitely go head-to-head with Sanders. According to estimates from The New York Times, he will head into the next races with 670 delegates compared to Sanders’ 589 (taking into account the Vermont senator’s projected win in California).
The future of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is unclear following Super Tuesday’s results, which allotted one-third of the country’s total delegates.
Warren, who told supporters to “cast the vote that will make you proud,” made a poor showing during the evening. She didn’t pick up any of the 14 states and had a third place finish in her home state of Massachusetts. She has yet to publicly comment on the status of her presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg—who won the caucuses in American Samoa—suspended his presidential campaign on March 4, endorsing Biden in the process.
If Warren does decide to drop out, it’s unclear if she will choose to endorse anyone remaining in the race.
Biden and Sanders’ separate wins gave a clear idea of who their constituents are leading up to the election.
According to exit polls, the two Democratic frontrunners’ results on Super Tuesday showed that their voting bases remain the same from earlier races. The former vice president continued to perform well with black voters, older voters, moderates, and suburban voters. Meanwhile, Sanders continued to appeal to younger voters and Latinos.
While one-third of the total Democratic delegates were tallied on Super Tuesday, the race is far from over. Just in this month alone, voters will cast their votes in a number of key states, including Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. In addition, the Democratic National Committee has announced that it will be holding two more debates in March and April, per Vox, so prospective voters can get a better idea of where Sanders and Biden stand and how their administration’s policies would differ leading up to the November 3 election.