DemDaily: The Comeback Kid

March 4, 2020

(Chris Carlson/AP)

In a stunning turn of events yesterday, Joe Biden won ten states to Bernie Sanders three in the Super Tuesday primaries, historically reshaping the 2020 race for the White House.

Although Sanders was leading in most Super Tuesday states going into the mega contest, the departure of Steyers, Buttigieg and Klobuchar from the race after Biden's blowout in South Carolina changed the trajectory.

Buttigieg and Klobuchar, as well as former rival Beto O'Rourke, immediately endorsed Biden, sending a powerful message to the public that to beat Trump, Democrats need to coalesce around one candidate.

Declared Winners
Joe Biden: Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia. Bernie Sanders: Colorado, Utah, Vermont. Michael Bloomberg: American Samoa
California has not been called and Democrats Abroad Global Primary runs through March 10th

Today, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the race, endorsing Biden. Bloomberg's endorsement is expected to come with millions of dollars in resources, both for Biden and for other Democrats in House and Senate races.

Bloomberg: We must unite "behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday's vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden"

With Bloomberg out of the race, and Elizabeth Warren's poor showing in yesterday's contests, the race is essentially narrowed to a two-person contest between Sanders and Biden.

Rolling Out the Results
While voters went to the polls in 16 contests yesterday, the absentee ballots, official results and delegate allegation may take days to finalize, if not longer.

In California, a new electronic check in system and voting machine glitches caused lengthy lines for determined voters who waited up to five hours to vote. As the tally of votes continued through today, Sanders was ahead in more than 50 counties.

There were 1,357 delegates at stake in Tuesday's primary contests, accounting for approximately 34% of the 3979 pledged delegates who will be voting on the Democratic nomination in Milwaukee in July.

Based on the MSNBC's current delegate count, as of 4:00 pm today, Joe Biden leads with 513 delegates, followed by Bernie Sanders with 461, Elizabeth Warren with 47, Pete Buttigieg with 26, Michael Bloomberg with 24, Amy Klobuchar with 7 and Tulsi Gabbard with one.

Super Tuesday Primary Results

(as of 4:00pm March 4th)
State Pledged Delegates
at Stake
% Reported WINNER
Biden
Sanders
Warren Bloomberg Gabbard
Alabama
52
82%
Biden 63% 17% 6% 12%
American Samoa
6
100%
Bloomberg 9%
11%
1%
50%
29%
Arkansas
31
84%
Biden 40% 22% 10% 17%
California
415
54%
Undecided 34% 25% 12% 14%
Colorado
67
91%
Sanders 23% 36% 17% 21%
Maine
24
93%
Biden 34% 33% 16% 12%
Massachusetts
91
96%
Biden 32% 27% 22% 12%
Minnesota 
75
83%
Biden 39% 30% 15% 8%
North Carolina
110
88%
Biden 43% 24% 10% 13%
Oklahoma
37
87%
Biden 39% 25% 13% 14%
Tennessee
64
86%
Biden 42% 25% 10% 15%
Texas
228
97%
Biden 34% 30% 11% 15%
Utah
29
88%
Sanders 17% 35% 15% 17%
Vermont
16
99%
Sanders 22% 51% 13% 9%
Virginia
99
99%
Biden 53% 23% 11% 10%
Democrats Abroad
13
Undecided

Sanders: "Joe has his vision for the future. I have mine and I look forward to a serious debate on the issues facing this country" (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)

Next Up
March 10th: Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Washington Primaries, North Dakota Caucus

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