Washington – Consolidating himself as the Democrats’ favorite, former Vice President Joseph Biden won last night in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, and began to detach himself from Senator Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary delegate count.
Biden’s big victory was in Michigan, the top prize of the night and where voters viewed him as the pre-candidate who can unite Democrats and win a majority of the 125 contested delegates.
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According to the preliminary counting of votes, Biden obtained 53% of the votes in Michigan, while Senator Sanders kept 36.7%.
In Missouri – with 68 delegates – Biden obtained about 60% of the votes, compared to 34.5% of Sanders. In Mississippi, which distributed 36 delegates, Biden razed, monopolizing about 81% of the votes.
Biden triumphed in Idaho, where 20 delegates would be divided, 48.9% to 42.4%.
His triumphs in those four states assured him to expand his advantage in the number of delegates.
Biden and Sanders were practically tied in Washington state – the second prize of the night, with 89 delegates – while Sanders was leading in North Dakota (14).
Biden highlighted the energy that Senator Sanders has brought to the campaign. “We share a common goal. Together we are going to defeat Donald Trump, “Biden said, acknowledging his victories in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi, and stating that the United States needs a president who not only knows” how to fight, but how to heal. “
The former US vice president started the night with a lead of nearly 100 delegates over Sanders.
Preliminarily, Biden now had an advantage of 160 delegates (823-663), who are distributed proportionally in each jurisdiction as long as one pre-candidate reaches at least 15% of the votes.
“There’s a long way to go, but we’re going to end another great night,” said Biden from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Michigan represented in 2016 the state that gave Sanders (Vermont) the strength to compete against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was finally the candidate of the Democrats, but lost the state to now President Donald Trump.
Ultimately, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were the states that decided the 2016 presidential elections.
Sanders didn’t even offer a message last night. “This cannot be sweetened. It has been a hard night, ”said Puerto Rican congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (New York), one of Sanders’ main spokesmen in the campaign.
But, Ocasio Cortez stressed that “this is the time to claim commitments” with certain issues, referring to how Medicare’s proposal for all has shown clear support from Democrats in several states.
Surveys made at the exit of the polls in Michigan indicated that Biden was the favorite (81-15) of those who voted in that state thinking about the unity of the Democrats. Sanders was the pre-candidate of those who sought a change, 61 to 24.
Biden managed to split the vote for non-Hispanic whites without a college education, a group that Sanders had grabbed four years ago.
In total, 352 delegates will be distributed last night for the Democratic presidential convention, scheduled for July in Milwaukee (Wisconsin).
Yesterday’s voting took place amid the precautions generated by the spread of the coronavirus and caused the cancellation of events for both presidential candidates in Ohio, where there will be primaries next Tuesday.
Biden said the events were canceled at the request of the governor of Ohio. “We will comply with all the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” he said.
Yesterday’s day was the first face to face between Biden and Sanders. And the former vice president has managed to strengthen.
A Democratic candidate for the White House needs at least 1,991 delegates to win the nomination in a first vote at the presidential convention.
Biden is still far from that magic number, but it begins to take off clearly from Sanders, who until 11 days ago seemed like the favorite of the Democrats.
If no pre-candidate reaches 1,991 delegates, then the vote will open during the convention to the 771 superdelegates, who are elected officials and directors of the US Democratic Party.
Recent polls have favored Biden nationwide, by an open margin, and they also project him as the favorite in at least three of the four states of the next primary on March 17: Florida (219), Illinois (155) yOhio (136).
The other state in dispute will be Arizona, with 67 delegates.
In total, the four states represent 577 delegates. Sanders did not win any of the four states in the 2016 primary against Clinton.
Ahead of the March 17 primary, Biden and Sanders plan to debate Sunday, one-on-one, for the first time in the campaign.