Joe Biden WINS Virginia with Bernie Sanders safely taking Vermont

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden wins TEXAS on night of Super Tuesday drama as he seized eight states to come back from the political dead – but Bernie Sanders takes California and Mike Bloomberg considers ending billion-dollar campaign

  • Dramatic count in Texas ends with Joe Biden winning the state – securing a sensational comeback from the political dead after he joked: ‘They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing.’ 
  • Bernie Sanders seized a victory in California in the last act of a dramatic Super Tuesday which saw Joe Biden win state after state in landslides across the nation – only for his rival to take the biggest prize of all 
  • Biden started Super Tuesday off strong, sweeping a swath of the south after first winning Virginia then picking up North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Arkansas and Massachusetts
  • Sanders currently has four states under his belt, including California, Vermont, Utah and Colorado  
  • Both Sanders and Biden claimed victory, and both said they will take the nomination 
  • Bloomberg, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into his campaign for president, only saw one victory as the polls closed in the U.S. territory of American Samoa 
  • The billionaire’s aides said his campaign chiefs were considering their next move, as dropping out would hand a huge victory to Biden and the potential for Bloomberg’s resources to be thrown behind him immediately 
  • The path to the delegation in Milwaukee now runs through a mini-Super Tuesday on March 10, when Missouri, Michigan, Washington and Mississippi vote 

Joe Biden dramatically won Texas while people were still waiting to vote in the state in a sensational end to a Super Tuesday which upended the Democratic race making it a two-horse race with the former vice president ahead of Bernie Sanders. 

Sanders seized a victory in California after Biden win state after state in landslides across the nation – only for his rival to take the biggest prize of all.

Just after polls closed at 8pm PST – 11pm EST – , the state was called for Sanders, his fourth victory of the night. That left Texas in play and for hours a nail-bitingly close count played out, while huge turnout prompted long lines and polling stations were kept open to deal with backlog.

Biden’s comeback left the party’s rival moderate’s campaign for dead. 

For Mike Bloomberg, a disastrous night appeared to spell the end of a campaign which has burned through $1 billion in three months, leaving him with one victory – American Samoa – to show for it.

His aides said he was discussing whether to drop out, and he tweeted an ambiguous ‘thank you’ to supporters saying ‘we’re more determined than ever to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,’ – hardly a commitment to stay in the race.

For the two frontrunners, Sanders’ win in California threatened to upend the narrative of the night being a sensational comeback for Biden.

There was a dramatic race playing out in Texas, the night’s second biggest prize. Biden opened up a lead over Sanders early Wednesday morning, with about two-thirds of precincts reporting. He was leading with 31 per cent of the vote, leading by about 20,000 votes. Sanders was at 29 per cent. 

But Biden was trailing by fewer than 15,000 votes, or more than a percentage point behind. There were long lines in Harris County, home to Houston, where Biden was running up strong margins. As in southern states, Biden was running up big margins with the state’s African American voters, but Sanders heavily targeted Latino voters in the state. Biden’s margin, however was bigger. 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called it ‘astounding,’ noting that Biden didn’t spend ‘a penny’ there, speaking on CNN. 

Biden staged a dramatic rally in Dallas Monday where he secured endorsements from former presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke. The former Texas lawmaker and Senate candidate then went out to Whataburger, a regional chain, for a milkshake. Bloomberg was coming in third with 17.6 per cent of the vote, trailed by Elizabeth Warren, who was born in Oklahoma. 

Biden dealt a humiliating blow to Warren in her home state of Massachusetts – snagging at least 28 delegates out of the state and beating her in her backyard. She vowed to stay in the race all the way to the conventions even as more centrist candidates flocked to 77-year-old former vice president. He also denied the prize to Sanders, who hails from a neighboring state. Bloomberg was born there, and had actor Michael Douglas stumping for him in Boston. 

Warren, hosting a rally in downtown Detroit, called herself ‘the woman who’s going to beat Donald Trump.’ 

The final details of delegate distribution were yet to be determined as the night wore on. But Biden’s overwhelming performance, and the collapse of Bloomberg and Warren, immediately reset the race, with the prospect that Sanders and his political ‘revolution’ would be up against a long slog against the Demoratic establishment-backed candidate as he was against Hillary Clinton in 2016.  

Biden rushed to win after win early in the night, with Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama falling in rapid succession. He took Minnesota without spending a dime on advertising and despite being third in the polls until Amy Klobuchar dropped out on Sunday. She endorsed Biden on Monday. 

‘Prediction has been a terrible business and pundits have gotten it wrong over and over,’ she said. ‘Here’s my advice. Cast a vote that will make you proud.’ 

Then Sanders took some western wins in Utah and Colorado and snared the biggest state of all.

Both men claimed victory, and both said they will take the nomination. 

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Bernie Sanders seized a victory in California in the last act of a dramatic Super Tuesday which saw Joe Biden win state after state in landslides across the nation – only for his rival to take the biggest prize of all

Biden rushed to win after win early in the night, with Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama falling in rapid succession. He took Minnesota without spending a dime on advertising and despite being third in the polls until Amy Klobuchar dropped out on Sunday 

As Biden raced to a series of state victories, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign said he plans to ‘reassess’ whether he should stay in the race tomorrow. His aides said his campaign chiefs were considering their next move. Dropping out would hand a huge victory to Biden and also the potential for Bloomberg’s almost unlimited resources to be thrown behind him immediately

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who only holds eight delegates after the first four early primary contest states, hopes to finally place on the leaderboard in Super Tuesday with her home state of Massachusetts. As a small amount of results from the state starts to roll in, Warren is shown with about a third of the votes from the North East state 

In Los Angeles, before California was called for Sanders’, Biden took to the stage and cast himself the victor, regardless if Sanders took both California and Texas.

First, he mixed up his wife Jill and sister Valerie, a characteristic gaffe which has clearly done nothing to put off Democratic voters.  

Biden declared: ‘It’s a great night and it seems to be getting even better. They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing! It may be over for the other guy.’

Energized, coherent and not put off even by two militant vegan protesters who ran onto the stage to protest against the dairy industry, he painted himself as the one Democrat who can take on Trump.

‘A lifelong Democrat, an Obama-Biden Democrat,’ he said to cheers – a pointed way to contrast himself to Sanders, who is an independent senator.

Jill Biden was captured in a photograph grabbing the protester by the arm and grimacing.  

It was a return in part to the early days of the race, when Biden held a strong polling lead before the first states voted and caucused. With Sanders on the rise days ago and party leaders warning the democratic socialist could seize the nomination Tuesday, forces coalesced around Biden in South Carolina. A key factor was the endorsement there of James C. Clyburn, the state’s most senior African American elected official.

In Vermont, Sanders pinned his hopes on California, pivoting to a victory speech and a string of attacks on Biden.

‘Tonight I tell you with absolute confidence we are going to win the Democratic nomination,’ he said.  

In Massachusetts, Biden’s upset victory is a blow to home state senator Elizabeth Warren and neighboring Vermont senator Sanders. 

Warren will still gain delegates from Massachusetts because she passed the 15 percent viability threshold with 20 percent of the vote, but failing to win your own state is almost invariably the end for presidential campaigns.

Warren has deep pockets, thanks to mostly small-dollar supporters willing to chip in, especially after debates, but she will come under massive pressure in the next few hours to get out of the race from both Biden and Sanders’ camps. 

Sanders in particular will want her out after she cast herself as capable of getting his ideas done.

Sanders stands to make up momentum with the huge win of California, catching up to the combined 559 delegates up for grabs in the eight states Biden picked up.  

In Los Angeles, before California was called for Sanders’, Biden took to the stage and cast himself the victor, regardless if Sanders took California and Texas

Energized, coherent and not put off even by two militant vegan protesters (pictured) who ran onto the stage to protest against the dairy industry, Biden painted himself as the one Democrat who can take on Trump

Biden’s early lead caused a dramatic shift and left Sanders, until last week the frontrunner, clinging to the hope of doing well in California before polls closed in the nation’s most populous state. Shortly after polls in California closed, he was named the winner

Biden’s campaign had suggested that the key to Super Tuesday was to minimize Sanders’ lead and a Virginia victory appeared to put them on the 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

Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders cheer for early results at his Super Tuesday night rally in Essex Junction, Vermont

Texas, the state with the second most delegates in Super Tuesday with 228, is leaning towards Sanders, as votes filter in. With about 30 percent reporting, the progressive Vermont senator is shown with a bit under 47 percent of the vote in the deep-red state that went more than 52 percent for Donald Trump in 2016.

If Texas went to Sanders, he could close the gap between himself and Biden.  

The path to the delegation in Milwaukee now runs through a mini-Super Tuesday on March 10, when Missouri, Michigan, Washington and Mississippi vote. 

Sanders had appeared to be ahead in Michigan but Biden’s upset in Minnesota is likely to weigh heavily there, and the combined demographic of African-Americans and disaffected blue collar voters could play to Biden’s strengths.

The following Tuesday, March 17, offers another selection of massive delegate counts when Florida, Illinois and Ohio all vote, along with Arizona.

The following week, March 24, sees Georgia vote, which Biden’s southern firewall should make a surefire victory.

For Sanders, the loss of momentum from a rocky Super Tuesday could be critical. In 2016 he stayed in by rallying his base and railing against an ‘establishment’ determined not to give him the nomination and to install an ‘inevitable’ candidate in Hillary Clinton.

That may be more difficult as he faces in Biden an opponent whose comeback narrative offers him some of the advantages of the underdog, and whose narrative of empathy and standing up for those who were left behind overlaps with Sanders’ more radical rhetoric. 

With exit polls showing that Biden picked up eight states, it suggests the string of endorsements he has garnered in the last few days from centrist party figures, including three of his former rivals, had been crucial in driving momentum. 

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

People wait to vote during the presidential primary in Santa Monica, California on Super Tuesday

Voters cast their ballots in the Democratic presidential primary election at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School o in Herndon, Virginia

Students at the University of Vermont Franklin fill out voter registration forms at a polling place on Super Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont. At the close of the polls on Tuesday night, Sanders won his home state

Voters cast their ballots at a polling location inside an elementary school in Minneapolis, Minnesota

President Trump touted his string of Republican primary victories Tuesday night, tweeting his thanks after state after state was called in his favor.

The president only had token competition – former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld – in the Super Tuesday contests and one state, Virginia, canceled its GOP primary as Trump, like most incumbent presidents, is easily expected to win his party’s nomination.

The president needs 1,276 delegates to be the nominee and is expected to have more than 800 by the time the night comes to a close.   

Since the last time voters went to the polls, the Democratic race has drastically changed, with three presidential hopefuls dropping out. 

Following Biden’s South Carolina win on Saturday night, billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out.

From there, things escalated quickly. 

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. 

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. 

Biden talks with actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key as he campaigns before his evening rally on Super Tuesday in LA

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 

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 

Voters from 14 states head to the polls on ‘Super Tuesday,’ with about a third of Democratic delegates at stake in a single day 

WHO ARE THE 5 DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020?

JOE BIDEN

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

Religion: Catholic

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

MIKE BLOOMBERG

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

Religion: Jewish

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 

TULSI GABBARD

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.

Religion: Hindu

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 

BERNIE SANDERS

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. 

ELIZABETH WARREN

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

     

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