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Biden Wins Super Tuesday, But Sanders Wins Biggest Prize

Former vice president Joe Biden mounted a strong comeback in the Democratic presidential race, winning at least nine of the 14 states at stake on Super Tuesday. In so doing, he cemented the primary as a two-person race against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The momentum began with Biden’s decisive win in South Carolina, boosted by endorsements from ex-presidential candidates and rivals. Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar both endorsed Biden the Monday before Super Tuesday. The surprise appearance of short-term candidate Beto O’Rourke at a rally in Dallas, Texas also seemed to have helped the former VP.

As of this writing, the former vice president won nine of the 14 states up for grabs including every state in the South — Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Oklahoma. 

Biden also scored a shocking victory in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s home state, Massachusetts. And Klobuchar’s endorsement helped him sail to a comfortable win in her home state of Minnesota. 

Maine was still too close to call.

Meanwhile, frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders took Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont. He also claimed the biggest prize of the night, California.

Biden’s Speech

The former VP celebrated his Super Tuesday win with a gaffe as he greeted his supporters in Los Angeles. This time, he switched the name of his wife and his sister. “This is my little sister Valerie, and I’m Jill’s husband,” Biden said. “Oh no, this is Valerie. You switched on me. This is my wife. This is my sister.”

Continuing his speech, Biden said his victory, which took many by surprise, is a “revival of decency and honor and character.”

“Folks, it’s still early, but things are looking awful, awful good. For those who’ve been knocked down, counted out, left behind, this is your campaign,” the former VP said as he outlined his vision for the country. 

He also threw a punch at rival and frontrunner, Sen. Sanders and said his Super Tuesday win will also “send Donald Trump packing.” 

“Just a few days ago, the press and the pundits had declared the campaign dead, and then came South Carolina and they had something to say about it. We were told ‘Well when you got to Super Tuesday, it would be over.’ Well, it may be over for the other guy,” Biden said.

Sanders’ Speech

Separately, Senator Sanders unloaded on the former VP. He declared in his Super Tuesday speech that “it is our campaign, our movement, which is best positioned to defeat Trump” despite Biden’s surge.

“One of us in this race led the opposition to the war in Iraq. You’re looking at him. Another candidate voted for the war in Iraq. One of us has spent his entire life fighting against cuts in Social Security … the other candidate has been on the floor of the Senate calling for cuts to Social Security,” Sanders said comparing his record to Biden’s.

The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist also reiterated that his campaign is the one to topple President Trump in the November 2020 polls.

“You cannot beat Trump with the same old, same old kind of politics,” Sanders said. “What we need is a new politics that brings working-class people into our political movement, which brings young people into our political movement and which, in November, will create the highest voter turnout in American political history.”

In the end, the Vermont Senator vowed to win the Democratic nomination.

“Tonight, I tell you with absolute confidence, we are going to win the Democratic nomination, and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country,” he said.

What About Bloomberg

Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg — who has spent at least $400 million into his campaign so far — tried to gain some attention for his campaign on Super Tuesday citing how he “achieved the impossible” after winning his first Democratic primary in American Samoa.

“No matter how many we win tonight, we have done something no one else thought was possible,” Bloomberg said in Florida, citing how his campaign — almost nonexistent a few months ago — has grown into a “contender for the Democratic nomination for president.”

He also accused the former VP of “taking away” votes from him — and went on to question why Biden is not yet dropping out.

“Joe is taking votes away from me. I think that is true,” Bloomberg said.

Asked if he has considered dropping out, the billionaire, who funded his own campaign said: “Have you asked Joe whether he is going to drop out? When you ask him that, then you can call me.”

“I have no intention of dropping out, we are in it to win it,” he added.

On Wednesday morning, Bloomberg announced he would indeed drop out and suspend his campaign. He also endorsed Biden in the process.

Marianne Defends Bernie

Short term presidential candidate  Marianne Williamson said former Democratic candidates endorsing Biden was a ‘coup’ and the move was an “orchestrated effort to block someone”  deemed inconvenient to the political establishment.

“Jake Tapper referred to the ‘resurrection’ of Joe Biden’s campaign. This was not a resurrection; it was a coup,” she said in a now-deleted tweet. 

President Trump also gave his two cents about the outcome of Super Tuesday in a series of tweets. He called Senator Warren to drop out. He accused Bloomberg of flushing $700 million down the drain. And Trump also revived his warning that the Democrats orchestrated a hit against Bernie Sanders.

The next presidential primaries come on March 10. Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington will all be up for grabs.

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