Washington – Former Vice President Joseph Biden will arrive tomorrow on the second most important election day of these Democratic presidential primaries as the leader of the race and determined to distance himself from Senator Bernie Sanders.
When he preliminarily leads Sanders in the delegate count – 664 to 573, according to Real Clear Politcs -, Biden goes to his first ballots as the favorite.
Of the six contests tomorrow, the focus will be primarily on Michigan (125), which offers the top prize in the search for delegates ahead of the presidential convention and is a pendulum state that Sanders won in 2016 in the primaries against Hillary Clinton. .RELATED
The other primaries will take place in the state of Washington (89), Missouri (68), Mississippi (36), Idaho (20) and North Dakota (14). In total, 352 delegates will be distributed for the Democratic presidential convention, scheduled for July.
A Democratic candidate for the White House needs at least 1,991 delegates to win the nomination in a first vote.
If none reaches that magic number, then the vote opens during the convention to the 771 superdelegates, who are elected officials and executives of the United States Democratic Party.
Two polls released today place Biden with ample advantage in voting intentions for those who plan to participate or have already voted in the Michigan primary: 51-27 in the Epic-MRA primary; and 51-36 at that of Monmouth University.
The most recent opinion studies place Biden as a favorite in the state of Washington and Missouri. The other contender is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), who hardly appears in the polls and only has two delegates who won in the caucuses of American Samoa.
At a time when Covid-19 cases in the United States exceed 500, campaigns continue to develop normally, in public places and neighborhoods.
Michigan has a 14% African American population, an electorate that Biden has dominated. Hispanics, a group that has supported Sanders, represents 5% of the population.
President Donald Trump surprised the Democrats in 2016, with a victory for only 10,000 votes in Michigan.
Sanders took the Sunday of the campaign to the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, to the Puerto Rican congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (New York), who helps him fan the vote of the youngest and the Hispanics.
“It is the coalitions that lead to great triumphs,” Ocasio Cortez said, citing the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the black civil rights leader who has endorsed Senator Sanders.
Biden campaigned yesterday with former presidential candidate and senator Cory Booker, one of the African-American voices who backed him before today’s voting. “I’m with a person who I know will see us all … see the potential of every child,” said Booker, chosen by New Jersey.
Like Florida next week, Michigan is going to be a major beacon for the state of the campaign, said Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (Virginia), who supports former Vice President Biden and was the voting partner for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Sanders has increased his pressure on Biden by reminding voters that as a senator, the former vice president supported measures to limit women’s access to Medicaid funds for abortions and the old “don’t ask no questions” public policy to avoid open presence of homosexuals in the Armed Forces.
For his part, former Vice President Biden has preferred to start talking about efforts to unite Democrats.
“There is a long time from now to the convention to unite the Democrats,” said Senator Kaine, speaking about Biden’s potential to appeal to younger voters and the Hispanic community.
Former Vice President Biden has also taken a considerable advantage over Sanders in national polls, confirming his extraordinary recovery in the past 10 days.
The CNN television poll gives Biden 51% support, compared to 36% for Sanders. Among those who have their sights on defeating Trump, Biden takes a 20% advantage.
The campaigns have not ignored the increasing number of coronavirus cases, especially in the state of Washington.
In one of his campaign messages, Senator Sanders denounced the expressions in which Trump wanted to minimize the threat posed by the coronavirus. “His negligent comments have confused people in this country and around the world,” said Senator Sanders.
Biden said on MSNBC that “there is no confidence in what the president says or does.” “I would like him to remain silent,” said the former vice president of the United States, and “I am very serious.”