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Biden’s Domination in South Helps Claim Delegate Lead

'They Don't Call It Super Tuesday for Nothing'

Perhaps channeling some energy from his and former President Barack Obama’s magical 2008 presidential campaign, Joe Biden has turned in what many call one of the most remarkable comebacks in modern political history.

After a South Carolina primary victory that breathed new life into his then-faltering campaign, Biden dominated the Democratic field in southern states during Super Tuesday, March 3.

Early projections revealed a hefty delegate count for Biden.

Unofficial results as of 11:45 p.m. EST, showed Biden projected to win North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Minnesota.

Early Wednesday morning, unofficial results pointed to Biden also winning Texas with 228 delegates at stake.

“It’s a good night. It seems to be getting better. They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing,” Biden said during a rally in Los Angeles.

“Those who have been knocked down, counted out, left behind — this is your campaign. Just a few days ago, the press declared the campaign dead. And then came South Carolina. And they had something to say about it,” he said.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg earned a victory in American Samoa territory.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders was looking west after he carried his home state of Vermont as well as Colorado and Utah.

“You cannot beat [President] Trump with the same old 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,” he said.

Sanders maintains that he will prevail because voters understand that he’s best positioned to defeat Trump.

Super Tuesday counts as perhaps the most important day of the Democratic primary when voters in 15 states and territories select their choice for the nomination. Still up for grabs – California with 415 delegates which at the press time appeared to be leaning toward Sanders who has been more successful among young voters and Latinos than his opponents.

To win the nomination on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention, a candidate must obtain 1,991 of the 3,979 total delegates.

If no candidate captures the nomination on the first ballot, all delegates become unpledged. A total of 4,750 delegates vote on a second – and any subsequent – ballot.

Before results came in from Texas, California and Maine, Biden had captured a total of 296 delegates for the campaign, while Sanders trailed at 257.

Of the candidates still in the race, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had 19 delegates, while Bloomberg earned 10.

Warren lost her home state to Biden on Super Tuesday with her future in the race remains unclear. Bloomberg, who entered late, has pledged to “do whatever it takes to defeat Trump.”

CNN reported that, as of 11:45 p.m. EST., Sanders had opened up a wide lead in California among Hispanic voters, who accounted for 3 in 10 Democratic primary voters, according to exit polls.

A majority said they supported Sanders, while only 2 in 10 supported Biden. Sanders also leads among white voters, who make up a majority of the voters statewide, CNN noted.

Biden, whose South Carolina and early Super Tuesday wins were powered by Black voters, won with that group in California too – but they made up only 7 percent of the primary electorate, according to CNN exit polls.

Sanders won more than 7 in 10 voters under 30 and he won liberal voters by a nearly three-to-one margin over Biden.

Still, Super Tuesday proved remarkable for Biden.

Prior to his victory in South Carolina three days ago, his campaign appeared out of gas.

However, over the course of two days, Biden’s fortunes began to turn when he sat down for an exclusive interview with The National Newspaper Publishers Association in Charleston, and a day later, he received an endorsement from powerful South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn.

“Biden is going to be very successful and he will be our nominee. I really deeply feel he will be the next president of the United States,” Clyburn said.

After his victory in South Carolina, Biden’s campaign received an added boost when three former candidates – former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke – announced they were backing him.

At the end of the night on Super Tuesday, Sanders held a wide early lead over Biden in California and a slight lead in Texas. The two front-runners remained in a virtual tie in Maine.

Editor’s Note: As this story went to press, updated delegate totals stood as follows: Biden has 453 delegates, Sanders has 373, Warren has 39 and Bloomberg has 18. Elections in both California and Maine remain too close to call.

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Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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