Joe Biden won three states in a row on Super Tuesday, unexpectedly being declared the winner in Virginia within seconds of polls closing before scooping up North Carolina and Alabama.
The victories in the three states with a combined 261 delegates was a huge psychological boost for the former vice president and was far more rapid than had been expected.
Bernie Sanders, however, took the other state where polls closed at 7pm, his home state of Vermont, which has just 16 delegates.
Mike Bloomberg, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into his campaign for president, finally saw a victory as the polls closed in the U.S. territory of America Samoa. The island, where six delegates are at stake, is projected to go for Bloomberg.
None of the margins of victory were immediately declared – but with a third of the vote accounted for in Virginia, Biden had a dominating lead of more than 55 percent. Sanders is in a distant second as he falls more than 30 percent behind the former vice president.
Although delegates are allocated by proportional representation, the rapid declarations in the two southern states points to Biden having a significant margin over Sanders.
In Los Angeles, Biden broke aside briefly from a campaign stop after he was told he had won Virginia to say: ‘It feels good. We are optimistic we are going to do well in some other states.’
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is hoping to pick up some states to resurrect her campaign. Bloomberg, who is on the ballot for the first time, and Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, are also still fighting to stay in the race.
Joe Biden won a decisive first blow on Super Tuesday, unexpectedly being declared the winner in Virginia within seconds of polls closing then scooping up North Carolina half an hour later
In Los Angeles, Biden broke aside briefly from a campaign stop after he was told he had won Virginia to say: ‘It feels good. We are optimistic we are going to do well in some other states’
Bernie Sanders, (pictured with his wife Jane) however, took the other state where polls closed at 7pm, his home state of Vermont
Mike Bloomberg, who has pumped hundreds of millions of his own money into his campaign for president, finally saw a victory as the polls closed in the U.S. territory of America Samoa. The island, where six delegates are at stake, is projected to go for Bloomberg
Elizabeth Warren greets supporters as she walks home from casting a vote for herself for president of the United States on ‘Super Tuesday’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since the last time voters went to the polls, the Democratic race has drastically changed and Warren is trying to keep her campaign alive
WHEN DO THE SUPER TUESDAY POLLS CLOSE?
7 p.m. EST – Vermont and Virginia
7:30 p.m. EST – North Carolina
8 p.m. EST – Tennessee, Maine, Texas, Alabama, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma
8:30 p.m. EST – Arkansas
9 p.m. EST – Colorado and Minnesota
10 p.m. EST – Utah
11 p.m. EST – California
Exit polls in both Virginia and North Carolina for CNN showed that Biden mopped up votes as the candidate who could defeat Donald Trump, suggesting that his big win in South Carolina and the string of endorsements he has garnered in the past few days from centrist party figures, including three of his former rivals, had been crucial in driving momentum.
The two wins in Virginia and North Carolina suggested that the momentum Biden gained from his crushing victory in South Carolina has lasted – and also pointed to a disastrous night for Bloomberg, despite his slight win with America Samoa.
The billionaire former New York mayor had campaigned heavily in Virginia and spent an estimated $17 million on television advertising in the state where he felt he could win over suburban voters, and his campaign had also seen North Carolina as a target.
Political commentators and pundits lauded Bloomberg’s dismal early showing, claiming this was proof that someone could not buy the presidency.
According to the minimal amount of results reported so far, billionaire former New York City mayor is not even reaching the threshold needed to earn any delegates in Virginia and Vermont.
Biden’s campaign had suggested that the key to Super Tuesday was to minimize Sanders’ lead and a Virginia victory would appear to put them on a path to that goal.
The sign of momentum for the former vice president came as he saw a boost in last-minute opinion polls despite having trailed Sanders in recent weeks.
A wave of six Super Tuesday states will close their polls at 8:00 p.m., which will really solidify which way the country is leaning as some delegates-heavy states report results – including deep-red state of Texas, which is a behemoth with 228 delegates.
Biden’s campaign had suggested that the key to Super Tuesday was to minimize Sanders’ lead and a Virginia victory would appear to put them on a path to that goal.
The sign of momentum for Biden came as he saw a boost in last-minute opinion polls despite having trailed Sanders in recent weeks.
Biden, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, now has a better chance than Sanders of winning seven states, including Texas where Biden campaigned Monday night and received a trio of endorsements from former presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke.
Biden, according to FiveThirtyEight.com , now has a better chance than Sanders of winning seven states, including Texas where Biden campaigned Monday night and received a trio of endorsements from former presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg (pictured with Biden on Monday night in Dallas), Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, remains in the race though has only campaigned sporadically. She did make a pitch to voters in American Samoa, where she was born, to vote for her Tuesday
Super Tuesday matters because about a third of the delegates available to win the Democratic nomination – 1,357 in total – are up for grabs.
Since the last time voters went to the polls, the Democratic race has drastically changed.
Sanders will spend the primary night in his home state of Vermont with a rally there; Biden will be in Los Angeles, Bloomberg in Florida and Warren will be in Detroit.
With his name on the ballot for the first time and with massive campaign spending, Bloomberg’s staff said they are expecting the former mayor to perform well, and suggested he would stay in the race.
‘We’re expecting to have a really good Super Tuesday night,’ a staffer told DailyMail.com after Bloomberg addressed the AIPAC conference Monday morning in Washington, D.C.
His campaign did not define what ‘good’ looked like, as candidates need to crack a 15 per cent threshold to win delegates from state contests.
Tulsi Gabbard, the congresswoman from Hawaii, also remains in the race, though hasn’t participated in a Democratic debate since November. She’s also only sporadically appeared on the campaign trail.
She did, however, film a video encouraging voters in American Samoa, where she was born, to choose her as their candidate.
Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders cheer for early results at his Super Tuesday night rally in Essex Junction, Vermont
Voters cast their ballots in the Democratic presidential primary election at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School o in Herndon, Virginia
Voters from 14 states head to the polls on ‘Super Tuesday,’ with about a third of Democratic delegates at stake in a single day
Nervous party officials will be watching to see which candidate finishes the day with the most wins and momentum: will Biden have a good enough night to catch up with Sanders in the delegate count; will Sanders crush the competition and seal his frontrunner status with a strong win; and what exactly will Bloomberg net from the over $400 million dollars he’s spent on the contest?
Amy Klobuchar, who ended her presidential bid Monday and endorsed Biden, down played the pressure on the former vice president.
‘Not exactly,’ she told NBC’s ‘Today Show’ Tuesday morning when asked if it would be a make-or-break night for Biden.
‘There’s going to be many more states but it’s a big deal,’ she conceded.
She argued Sanders currently leads in the delegate count because other contenders in the race diluted Biden’s performance power.
‘You have Senator Sanders ahead in a number of the states. Part of that is because there were so many other people running. This will be a good night. I think you will see victories for Joe Biden in a number of states,’ she said.
Biden’s win in South Carolina on Saturday changed the trajectory of his campaign and gave hope to concerned party officials that he could unit the party as its best hope to defeat President Donald Trump in November.
With the help of the House of Representatives’ third most powerful Democrat – and most powerful black politician in Congress – Rep. James Clyburn, Biden clobbered Sanders in the Palmetto State, breathing fresh air into his campaign and giving him the aura of a winner.
From there, things escalated quickly.
Billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out Saturday night.
On Sunday, Pete Buttigieg, the 38-year-old openly gay former mayor of South Bend, Indiana also exited the race.
And Klobuchar exited Monday. She and Buttigieg were in Dallas, Texas, on Monday night endorsing Biden – who also got a bonus nod from Beto O’Rourke, who ended his own presidential run on November 1.
Meanwhile Bernie Sanders, who was earning frontrunner status, spoke to thousands at his rallies in Super Tuesday states including one Monday night in Minneapolis. With Amy Klobuchar out, her state is up for grabs
A flurry of other mainstream Democrats announced their support for Biden too – including former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas, Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, former Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia, among others.
Meanwhile, Sanders continued to draw droves of supporters, including more than 24,700 to his two rallies Sunday in San Jose and then Los Angeles, California.
President Trump – hoping to heighten intraparty tensions – also chimed in, tweeting that the Democrats were organizing a coup against Sanders and accusing Biden of dangling administration jobs in front of Klobuchar and Buttigieg to earn their support.
‘Probably they’ll say, ‘Hey, look if I win, I’ll put you in the administration,” Trump said. ‘That’s called a quid pro quo, right? Quid. Pro. Quo,’ the president said as he left the White House for his own campaign rally Monday.
Sanders was having none of it, saying in an interview Monday with CNN, ‘President Trump, stay out of the Democratic primary. Why don’t you do your job for a change as president.’
Warren – a fellow progressive – has also continued to campaign. She was coming off of two noteworthy debate performances in Nevada and South Carolina, that didn’t lead to big gains at the ballot box yet.
It did give her an infusion of cash – $28 million in February – allowing her to finance a campaign through Super Tuesday and beyond.
On Monday night at a really in Los Angeles Warren pitched herself as the candidate who could split the difference between Biden and Sanders.
‘Voters deserve a choice of someone with unshakeable values who can also get things done and bring all kinds of Democrats along with her,’ she argued.
Warren made her mark at the Las Vegas debate by going after billionaire Bloomberg, whose impact on the race hasn’t been measured yet.
‘I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg,’ Warren said just minutes into the Nevada debate.
Despite being on that debate stage twice, Bloomberg – who entered the race around Thanksgiving – decided against participating in the first four states that hold contests: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
He’s poured hundreds of millions into the 14 Super Tuesday states. And because of the strong focus on the first four by the traditional Democratic candidates, he was often campaigning in them alone.
WHO ARE THE 5 DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020?
Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 78
Entered race: April 25, 2019
Career: No current role. A University of Delaware and Syracuse Law graduate, he was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 1969, then won upset election to Senate in 1972, aged 29. Was talked out of quitting before being sworn in when his wife and daughter died in a car crash and served total of six terms. Chaired Judiciary Committee’s notorious Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Ran for president in 1988, pulled out after plagiarism scandal, ran again in 2008, withdrew after placing fifth in the Iowa Caucuses. Tapped by Obama as his running mate and served two terms as vice president. Contemplated third run in 2016 but decided against it after his son died of brain cancer.
Family: Eldest of four siblings born to Joe Biden Sr. and Catherine Finnegan. First wife Neilia Hunter and their one-year-old daughter Naomi died in car crash which their two sons, Joseph ‘Beau’ and Robert Hunter survived. Married Jill Jacobs in 1976, with whom he has daughter Ashley. Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. Hunter’s marriage to Kathleen Buhle, with whom he has three children, ended in 2016 when it emerged Hunter was in a relationship with Beau’s widow Hallie, mother of their two children. Hunter admitted cocaine use; his estranged wife accused him of blowing their savings on drugs and prostitutes
Views on key issues: Ultra-moderate who will emphasize bipartisan record. Will come under fire over record, having voted: to stop desegregation bussing in 1975; to overturn Roe v Wade in 1981; for now controversial 1994 Violent Crime Act; for 2003 Iraq War; and for banking deregulation. Says he is ‘most progressive’ Democrat. New positions include free college, tax reform, $15 minimum wage. No public position yet on Green New Deal and healthcare. Pro-gun control. Has already apologized to women who say he touched them inappropriately
Would make history as: Oldest person elected president
Slogan: Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead
Age on Inauguration Day: 78
Entered race: November 24, 2019
Career: Currently multi-billionaire CEO of Bloomberg PL, the financial information firm he founded in 1981 and which remains a private company. Educated at Johns Hopkins and Harvard, he became a Wall Street trader at investment bank Salomon Brothers and was laid off in 1981, walking away with $10m in stock which he used to set up his own financial information firm, now one of the world’s largest. Three times mayor of New York 2002 to 2013, running first as Republican then as independent; had to get term limits suspended for final term. Once flirted with running for mayor of London where he has a home; holds an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth. Has spent large amounts on philanthropy in line with his political views as well as on political campaigns
Family: Born in Brookline, MA, to first-generation Jewish immigrant parents whose own parents had fled Russia. Divorced wife of 18 years, Susan Brown-Meyer, in 1993; former couple have daughters Emma, who has a son with her former boyfriend, and Georgina, who has daughter Zelda with her husband Chris Fissora. The child has a portmanteau surname, Frissberg. Partner since 2000 is Diana Taylor, former New York state banking commissioner, 13 years his junior
Views on key issues: Self-professed fiscal conservative, although painted as a Democratic moderate by other conservative groups. Opposed to Medicare for all. Social progressive who backed gay marriage early, but has flip-flopped on marijuana legalization, most recently opposing it.. Wants firm action on climate change. Fiercely in favor of gun control. As New York mayor banned smoking in public places and tried to outlaw large sugary drinks. Backs increased immigration. Apologized for his stop-and-frisk policing strategy as mayor
Would make history as: Oldest person elected president; first Jewish president; richest president ever; first New York mayor to become president
Slogan: Fighting For Our Future
Age on Inauguration Day: 39
Entered race: Still to formally file any papers but said she would run on January 11 2019
Career: Currently Hawaii congresswoman. Born on American Samoa, a territory. Raised largely in Hawaii, she co-founded an environmental non-profit with her father as a teenager and was elected to the State Legislature aged 21, its youngest member in history. Enlisted in the National Guard and served two tours, one in Iraq 2004-2006, then as an officer in Kuwait in 2009. Ran for Honolulu City Council in 2011, and House of Representatives in 2012
Family: Married to her second husband, Abraham Williams, a cinematographer since 2015. First marriage to childhood sweetheart Eduardo Tamayo in 2002 ended in 2006. Father Mike Gabbard is a Democratic Hawaii state senator, mother Carol Porter runs a non-profit.
Views on key issues: Has apologized for anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage views; wants marijuana federally legalized; opposed to most U.S. foreign interventions; backs $15 minimum wage and universal health care; was the second elected Democrat to meet Trump after his 2016 victory
Would make history as: First female, Hindu and Samoan-American president; youngest president ever
Slogan: Lead with Love
Age on Inauguration Day: 79
Entered race: Sources said on January 25, 2019, that he would form exploratory committee. Officially announced February 19
Career: Currently Vermont senator. Student civil rights and anti-Vietnam activist who moved to Vermont and worked as a carpenter and radical film-maker. Serial failed political candidate in the 1970s, he ran as a socialist for mayor of Burlington in 1980 and served two terms ending in 1989, and win a seat in Congress as an independent in 1990. Ran for Senate in 2006 elections as an independent with Democratic endorsement and won third term in 2018. Challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016 but lost. Campaign has since been hit by allegations of sexual harassment – for which he has apologized – and criticized for its ‘Bernie bro’ culture
Family: Born to a Jewish immigrant father and the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. First marriage to college sweetheart Deborah Shiling Messing in 1964 ended in divorce in 1966; had son Levi in 1969 with then girlfriend Susan Cambell Mott. Married Jone O’Meara in 1988 and considers her three children, all adults, his own. The couple have seven grandchildren. His older brother Larry is a former Green Party councilor in Oxfordshire, England.
Religion: Secular Jewish
Views on key issues: Openly socialist and standard bearer for the Democratic party’s left-turn. Wants federal $15 minimum wage; banks broken up; union membership encouraged; free college tuition; universal health care; re-distributive taxation; he opposed Iraq War and also U.S. leading the fight against ISIS and wants troops largely out of Afghanistan and the Middle East
Would make history as: Oldest person elected president; first Jewish president
Slogan: Not me. Us.
Age on Inauguration Day: 71
Entered race: Set up exploratory committee December 31, 2018
Career: Currently Massachusetts senator. Law lecturer and academic who became an expert on bankruptcy law and tenured Harvard professor. Ran for Senate and won in 2012, defeating sitting Republican Scott Brown, held it in 2018 60% to 36%. Was short-listed to be Hillary’s running mate and campaigned hard for her in 2016
Family: Twice-married mother of two and grandmother of three. First husband and father of her children was her high-school sweetheart. Second husband Bruce Mann is Harvard law professor. Daughter Amelia Tyagi and son Alex Warren have both been involved in her campaigns. Has controversially claimed Native American roots; DNA test suggested she is as little as 1,064th Native American
Religion: Raised Methodist, now described as Christian with no fixed church
Views on key issues: Was a registered Republican who voted for the party but registered as a Democrat in 1996. Pro: higher taxes on rich; banking regulation; Dream Act path to citizenship for ‘dreamers’; abortion and gay rights; campaign finance restrictions; and expansion of public provision of healthcare – although still to spell out exactly how that would happen. Against: U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Syria; liberalization of gambling
Would make history as: First female president
Slogan: Warren Has A Plan For That
AND THE 24 WHO HAVE WITHDRAWN
MICHAEL BENNET, Colorado senator
- Entered race: May 2, 2019
- Quit: February 12, 2019, evening of New Hampshire primary
CORY BOOKER, New Jersey Senator
- Entered race: February 1, 2019
- Quit: January 13, 2020
STEVE BULLOCK, Montana governor
- Entered race: May 14, 2019
- Quit: December 2, 2019
PETE BUTTIGIEG, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Entered race: January 23, 2019
Quit: March 1, 2020, day after South Carolina primary
JULIÁN CASTRO, former Housing Secretary
- Entered race: January 18, 2019
- Quit: January 2, 2020
BILL DE BLASIO, New York City mayor
- Entered race: May 16, 2019
- Quit: September 20, 2020
JOHN DELANEY, former Maryland Congressman
- Entered race: July 8, 2017
- Quit: January 31, 2019
KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, New York senator
- Entered race: January 16, 2019
- Quit: August 28, 2019
MIKE GRAVEL, Former Alaska governor
- Entered race: April 2,2019
- Quit: August 2, 2019
KAMALA HARRIS,California senator
- Entered race: January 21, 2019
- Quit: December 3, 2019
JOHN HICKENLOOPER, Former Colorado governor
- Entered race: March 4, 2019
- Quit: August 15, 2019
JAY INSLEE, Washington governor
- Entered race: March 1, 2019
- Quit: August 21, 2019
AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota senator
- Entered race: February 19, 2019
- Quit: March 2, 2020
WAYNE MESSAM, mayor of Miramar, Florida
- Entered race: March 28, 2019
- Quit: November 20, 2019
SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts congressman
- Entered race: April 22,2019
- Quit: August 23, 2019
RICHARD OJEDA, former West Virginia state senator
- Entered race: November 12, 2018
- Quit: January 25, 2019
BETO O’ROURKE, former Texas congressman
- Entered race: March 14, 2019
- Quit: November 1, 2019
DEVAL PATRICK, former Massachusetts governor
- Entered race: November 13, 2019
- Quit: February 13, 2019, morning after New Hampshire primary
TIM RYAN, Ohio congressman
- Entered race: April 4, 2019
- Quit: October 24, 2019
JOE SESTAK, former Pennsylvania congressman
- Entered race: June 23, 2019
- Quit: December 1, 2019
TOM STEYER, billionaire activist
- Entered race: July 9, 2019
- Quit: February 29, 2020
ERIC SWALWELL, California congressman
- Entered race: April 8, 2019
- Quit: July 8, 2019
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, author
- Entered race: November 15, 2018
- Quit: January 10, 2020
ANDREW YANG, entrepreneur
- Entered race: November 6, 2018
- Quit: February 12, 2019, evening of New Hampshire primary