Last night’s elections, dubbed Super Tuesday, included the largest group of states to vote in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. 1357 delegates were up for grabs in states like California, Texas, Minnesota, and more. The night turned out to be a huge victory for Former Vice President Joe Biden, and a bad loss for the (former) frontrunner Senator Bernie Sanders.
The Former Vice President took home wins in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Senator Sanders won California, Colorado, Utah, and his home state of Vermont. Sanders went in expecting to win the vast majority of the states and delegates. Instead, Biden won nine states compared to Sanders’ four as well as 45 more delegates as of today.
Biden had come out of a strong showing in South Carolina’s Primary where he filled in the entire map. This win pushed out contenders Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer – each coming in fourth, sixth, and third place respectively. Two of those ending their campaigns – Buttigieg and Klobuchar – endorsed Joe Biden at a campaign rally in Dallas on Monday night.
While the largest contest of the night, California, was taken by Bernie Sanders, Texas, the second-largest, was clenched by Biden who had just picked up an endorsement from Texas’ own Beto O’Rourke – a former competitor for the nomination. Minnesota, which had been leaning toward Senator Klobuchar, came out with a shockingly strong showing for Biden who had been polling at a distant third place up until yesterday. But where Biden’s campaign truly strived was in southern states like Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Exit polls showed that the vast majority of African Americans supported Biden.
It is now increasingly likely that the 2020 Democratic Primary will end in a contested convention in July. This means no one candidate has reached the required majority of 1991 pledged delegates. If no one gets to this number, all the delegates at the convention will be able to vote on a second ballot for whichever individual they’d like, even if they were originally pledged to vote for a single candidate.