WASHINGTON (AP) – The mainstream Democrats celebrated with joy the performance of Joe Biden in the Super Tuesday, with which he gained momentum in the race for the nomination for the presidency and eased concerns about the catastrophe they fear fall on the Moderate candidates for local positions if Senator Bernie Sanders is elected candidate of the party.
Sanders, who claims to be a socialist, “can harm the entire Democratic Party,” said lawmaker Emanuel Cleaver, a supporter of former Vice President Biden. “And our most important cause is to bring Donald Trump down. He could harm her. ”RELATED
Now “I think we’re going to win,” Cleaver considered.
The remarkably steep consolidation of a Democratic camp bulging to virtually a contest between two was revealed Wednesday when Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York, withdrew and backed Biden. Bloomberg had spent more than $ 500 million from his own pocket – a huge sum in politics, but relatively less for a man of such fortune – but in essence he did not attract the attention of voters.
“A week ago we saw how the moderate-progressive movement or base in Virginia was divided into four” Democratic contenders, said Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia. Beyer bowed to Biden this week after Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, gave up his campaign.
“I feel very encouraged by this, and much more optimistic about the possibility of keeping the majority in the lower house, recovering the Senate and winning the presidency,” said Beyer.
However, although Biden won 10 of the 14 Super Martes states, including Texas and a wide strip of the south, Sanders showed his strength by taking the jackpot, California. And there are no signs that the gap between moderates and liberals in the Democratic Party has been closed.
In fact, it is not clear how long it will take for the Democrats to decide which of the two will win the nomination. Sanders supporters showed no sign of abandoning a candidate who, they are convinced, will attract crowds of young people and lead them to victory in November.
Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigrant defense lawyer who almost defeated Rep. Henry Cuellar in the contest for her district’s candidacy, said “this is just beginning. The first thing to defeat was the culture of fear, and our movement managed to show that we are on the verge of causing fundamental change in South Texas. ”
Republicans need to win 18 seats in November, in their uphill battle to regain control of the House of Representatives, and that is if they retain the three banks of Republican legislators who retired. They have a majority in the Senate by 53 to 47 votes.
In both houses, the nature of this political battle reveals why Sanders’ campaign terrifies the moderates.
Democrats won a majority in the lower house in 2018 by winning 42 seats. Of these, 29 are from districts that Trump won in 2016 or lost by less than five percentage points, and most are from districts where the outcome depends on moderate suburban voters.
Democratic hopes of winning the majority in the Senate depend on defeating Republican senators from hard-fought states, including Arizona, Maine, North Carolina and Colorado, where moderate voters are crucial.
AP journalist Padmananda Rama contributed to this office.