Washington, D.C. – Joseph Biden achieved a greater advance of the unexpected in the Super Tuesday of the Democratic presidential primaries, by winning the popular vote in at least 9 of 14 states, including Texas, which allowed him to cushion the victory of Senator Bernie Sanders in the prize fat from California.
Reflecting the momentum that victory gave him last Saturday in South Carolina and consolidating support among the moderates, Biden dominated the day on Tuesday and would accumulate the majority of delegates in North Carolina (where 110 would be distributed), Virginia (99 ), Massachusetts (91), Minnesota (75), Tennessee (64), Alabama (52), Oklahoma (37) and Arkansas (31).
At least 228 delegates from Texas, the second prize of the electoral night and where, with 89% of the votes counted, AP declared him the winner, with an advantage of about 4%, would also be divided with Sanders.RELATED
His triumphs in Massachusetts, where Senator Elizabeth Warren suffered a severe defeat when she was relegated to her home to a third place, and Minnesota, were also especially significant, since she practically did not campaign in those states.
In Minnesota, former Vice President Biden had the late endorsement of Senator Amy Klobuchar, who retired on Monday and immediately supported him.
Sanders could have somehow leveled the day with his victory in California, where he would gather the majority of the 415 delegates from that state, in which, as in Texas, he also monopolized the Hispanic vote.
Senator Sanders, for his part, also assured victories in the states of Colorado, Utah and Vermont, which would distribute 67, 29 and 16 delegates.
Until last night, Sanders and Biden disputed the victory in Maine.
In California, Sanders would get a clear majority of the 415 delegates.
Until early Wednesday, he had 30% of the vote, compared to 20.3% of Biden and 17.6% of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The final distribution of the 415 California delegates can take several days.
To obtain delegates, a candidate must win at least 15% of the votes at the state or district level.
Real Clear Politics estimated that Biden now had at least 450 delegates, compared to 376 from Sanders, 48 from Warren and 38 from Bloomberg. The allocation of delegates from California and Texas was still limited.
Before retiring and supporting Biden, former South Bend (Indiana) Mayor Peter Buttigieg and Senator Klobuchar had obtained 26 and 7 delegates, respectively.
In total, Tuesday’s votes in 14 states, American Samoa and foreign Democrats would allow 1,357 of the 3,979 delegates to participate in a first vote at the presidential convention next July.
1,991 delegates are needed to win that first vote and preliminary results further complicated the scenario of Democrats in search of their presidential candidate.
“It’s a good night … it’s early, but things are looking great,” Biden said, noting that although he was defeated a week ago, “we are very much alive.” His message, from Los Angeles, was briefly interrupted by two protesters.
Former Mayor Bloomberg, meanwhile, won in the territory of American Samoa. But, despite investing $ 560 million in electoral advertising so far, Bloomberg lagged behind in many of the contests.
According to AP, Bloomberg would analyze today if it should continue in the contest.
Preliminary results of the super Tuesday still accentuate the probability of a long electoral battle between Biden and Sanders. But, the impulse has the former vice president.
“We will win the presidential Democratic nomination and defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” said Sanders, however, from Essex Junction in Vermont.
Sanders said that President Donald Trump cannot be defeated “with the same old policies” and without attracting youth to the polls.
He maintained, without mentioning it by name, that Biden voted in favor of the Iraq war and defended cuts to social welfare programs when he was in the US Senate.
Biden surprised, among other states, in Massachusetts, where 34% of the votes were scored, beating Sanders, who reached 27%, and Senator Warren, with 20%.
In Virginia, Biden obtained 53.7% of the votes, compared to 23.5% of Sanders, 10.6% of Warren and 9.3% of Bloomberg. In North Carolina, Biden reached 29.5% of the votes, Sanders followed him closely with 24.7% and Bloomberg obtained 16.3%.
Biden, in addition, reached in North Carolina 38% of the votes and Sanders came second with 24%. In Alabama, the former vice president swept with 62%, but Sanders seemed to reach 16%, which would assure him some votes.
In Tennessee, Biden achieved 41%, compared to 24% of Sanders.
Biden, meanwhile, obtained 37% of the votes in Minnesota, surpassing Sanders by 6%.
In his Vermont state, Sanders monopolized 51.8% of the votes. Biden was second with 24.4% and Bloomberg was away with 10.4%. Sanders won comfortably in Colorado, obtaining 36.3% of the votes, while Bloomberg, with 23%, and Biden, with 21%, disputed the second place.