Our new issue — looking at what the Bernie campaigns accomplished — is out this week. Subscribe in print today! Riding a wave of working-class support, Bernie Sanders had swept the Nevada caucuses and surged to the lead in national polls. Today, the baseless fabric of this vision has dissolved, leaving only the grim spectacle of Joe Biden, the new Democratic front-runner, ascending the stage in Los Angeles and confusing his wife with his sister. A resistance that dispenses with consolations is always stronger than one which relies on them. In less than seventy-two hours, Sanders has gone from clear favorite to anxious underdog. The timely withdrawals of Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar gave Biden a massive boost in momentum, helping him score blowout victories in Virginia and North Carolina, where polls showed a close race just days before. Elizabeth Warren, who remained in the race despite finishing behind Buttigieg in the first four states, did not give Sanders any countervailing support. But last night, Biden succeeded in stitching together two essential elements of the coalition that Hillary Clinton used to defeat Sanders four years ago: white, college-educated voters, mostly in affluent suburbs; and black voters in the South. Both of these groups are mostly made up of older people, and Biden, like Clinton, crushed Sanders with voters over age fifty.
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Remember when Bernie Sanders was the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination? Sitting atop a delegate lead, a pile of campaign cash, and a bunch of polls? That was a whole nine days ago. A few things have happened since then. Biden beat Sanders by almost 30 points in South Carolina; Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar bailed and backed Biden; most of the Super Tuesday voters who had been considering Mike Bloomberg instead picked Biden, who swept to victory in 10 out of 14 states and grabbed the edge in cumulative delegates; Bloomberg dropped out, followed by Elizabeth Warren. Now the math and the conventional wisdom make Biden a solid favorite. The road to recovery starts in Michigan next Tuesday. The Sanders camp clearly understands that the state, with delegates, is a must-win, canceling a rally in Mississippi in favor of sending the candidate to Michigan. Recent polling has Biden in front, but Sanders won Michigan in , and its demographics still set up fairly well for him.
Super Tuesday was not the electric showing many fans of Bernie Sanders had hoped for. While some early projections forecast he would win as many as eight out of 14 states and amass a significant lead in pledged delegates, voters delivered a more modest outcome. Sanders won four states, including delegate-rich California, and ended the night nearly tied with Joe Biden in total pledged delegates. Most worrying for Mr. Biden enjoyed the kind of suburban surge that handed Democrats the midterms. Super Tuesday does not reverse his victories in the earlier primaries, and Nevada in particular bodes well for his appeal among Latino voters, who are a key demographic in several undecided states. The express purpose of those 11th-hour efforts was to slow Mr. Elizabeth Warren, who had an even more dispiriting night, has also dropped out, and many of her supporters seem primed to turn to Mr.
Bernie Sanders ' wins in West Virginia and Nebraska show that the fight for the Democratic nomination isn't going to be over until the California primary next month. After taking the Democratic vote in West Virginia and Nebraska from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the primaries, Sanders is looking forward to sweeping Kentucky and Oregon as part of his predicted " May winning streak. His fight til the end for the Democratic candidacy is commendable, considering that so many people, including the rival Clinton camp, think he doesn't stand a chance at winning. Reince responds to BernieSanders ' victory last night.