Washington, D.C. – Joseph Biden begins to project in his message that he has the task of uniting the Democratic troops, including those of Bernie Sanders, now that he is consolidated as the favorite to obtain the presidential candidacy of his party.
Amidst his solid victories on Tuesday, mainly in the pendulum state of Michigan, Biden made an effort to send a message of union to his opponent and his followers.
“We love you, we need you … We share a common goal. Together we are going to defeat Donald Trump, ” said Biden, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he launched his Democratic presidential candidacy in April 2019.RELATED
After the election night meeting, which was scheduled for Ohio, was canceled at the request of the governor of that state – in the face of the growing crisis causing the growth of coronavirus cases – Biden spoke Tuesday in front of a group of his collaborators.
“We are one step closer to restoring decency, dignity and honor in the White House,” said the former vice president, who has made extraordinary progress in these primaries, despite the fact that prior to the elections in South Carolina, they had place on February 29, seemed to be out of contention.
As he takes a major delegate lead (845-681), Biden is tasked with avoiding a misstep and his next test would be the first one-on-one debate Sunday against Sanders.
But, at the same time, he has to start thinking about how to unite the party, which means attracting the voters of the Social Democrat Sanders, who has obtained significant support from the youngest and Hispanic electorate.
Sanders’ goal was to regain strength by winning Michigan, a state that can decide the 2016 presidential election and one that, with a surprise primary victory four years ago, was able to compete until the end of that process.
This time, the polls did not fail, and Biden won in all counties, garnering a total of 53% support from the electorate.
In Michigan, Biden won the African American vote again, this time from 66% to 27%. Sanders dominated, as occurs in most states, the Hispanic electorate 53% to 49%.
John Hudak, of the Brookings Institution study group, warned that although Sanders monopolizes the young and Latino vote, he has not managed to increase the participation of that sector, compared to the 2016 primaries.
Biden was also the winner in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, while engaged in a close contest with Sanders in Washington state.
Sanders – seeking to reorder his message – did not even make public comments Tuesday night, when 352 delegates were distributed. Their only sure victory was in North Dakota, the smallest loot of the night, with 14 delegates.
This afternoon he would hold a press conference to talk about the future of his candidacy.
“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 ask for commitments” on certain issues, referring, for example, to the support that has been obtained in many states by the health proposal “Medicare for all”, by Senator Sanders.
The next contests are on Tuesday and 577 delegates gather: Florida (219); Illinois (155); Ohio (136); and Arizona (67). Polls cast Biden as a favorite in Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.
Biden is still far from the magic number of 1,991 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination for the White House in a first vote, but it is clearly starting to detach itself from Sanders, who until a few days ago seemed the favorite of the Democrats.
If he can’t make an immediate recovery, “Bernie’s math is going to be difficult to carry on,” Jim Messina, who was campaign director for former President Barack Obama, told CNN.
If no pre-candidate reaches the 1,991 delegates with votes in the states and territories, then the vote will open during the July convention, in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), to the 771 superdelegates, who are elected officials and directors of the US Democratic Party. .UU.
Michigan (125 delegates)
Biden 52.9% (*)
(93% of the votes counted)
Biden 60.1% *
(95% of the votes)
Biden 81% *
(89% of the votes counted)
(98% of the votes counted)
North Dakota (14)
(100% of the votes counted)