Charleston, South Carolina – Bernie Sanders will campaign the next few days in North Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts. Elizabeth Warren will visit Texas and Arkansas. Amy Klobuchar will be in Tennessee and Virginia.
The South Carolina primaries will take place in two days, but the internal Democratic race will quickly become national when the candidates focus on the 14 states where they will vote on Tuesday.
The measure is in part a recognition of Joe Biden’s strength in South Carolina, where most of the attention will be focused on his margin of victory and who could be in second place. But it is also an attempt to win the hundreds of delegates in dispute in the various primaries of the “Super Tuesday.” On that day about a third of the delegates needed to get the Democratic presidential candidacy will be at stake.RELATED
The tight schedule between Saturday’s race in South Carolina and Tuesday’s raises a hectic cycle of campaign events.
“What happens in South Carolina is important, mainly due to the type of coverage in the three following days with a view to Super Tuesday. If someone gives the impression of being out of contention, they will lose value, ”said Achim Bergmann, a Democrat strategist whose firm works in several Super Tuesday states. “Candidates who at this time give the impression of being on the bottom steps will find it difficult to figure out where they can get some support.”
New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg has planned not to participate in the states where he usually votes first, including South Carolina, to concentrate exclusively on the Super Tuesday states. But even he had to adjust to the demands after he qualified for Tuesday’s debate in Charleston. He returned to New York after the debate and returned to South Carolina the next day to participate in a question and answer session organized by the CNN network.
In the next few days Bloomberg will visit Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina, all states where he will vote in the Super Tuesday.
Some candidates have very tight campaign acts. Pete Buttigieg traveled from Nevada to Colorado on Saturday and South Carolina to Sunday morning. Then he went to Virginia and then returned to South Carolina.
But even a meticulously crafted agenda can fall apart. Buttigieg was scheduled to attend three private fundraising events in Florida on Wednesday, where the primaries will take place in March. However, he had to abruptly cancel those events and a campaign act in the Miami area due to illness. His collaborators said he has symptoms similar to those of the flu.
Buttigieg met with members of the Hispanic congressional bench and gave interviews in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Carolina on Thursday to attend various campaign events.
Jim Messina, a senior contributor to both Barack Obama campaigns, said Buttigieg is in a complicated situation for the races in South Carolina and Super Tuesday.
“It will be a big problem” for the Buttigieg campaign if it doesn’t perform well in South Carolina, Messina said, because “more people like me are going to say on television that they can’t get the minority vote, and that doesn’t help to his speech. “
Indeed, the strategists of the Super Tuesday states affirm that voters will be aware of what happens in South Carolina before making a decision.
“Anyone who exceeds expectations and performs better than expected will have a strengthened speech,” said Matt Angle, a Democratic strategist in Texas.
Texas offers Super Tuesday the second largest number of committed delegates, with 228, and Buttigieg and Biden are planning to visit the state after the primary in South Carolina. However, other candidates, such as Sanders, Warren and Blomberg, made stops this week in Texas.