Super Tuesday

Taylor Girard, Reporter

The day that’s talked about throughout primary season is an important one for Democratic candidates, as it could significantly shape the direction of the remainder of the race and has the potential to establish a breakout front-runner. Or it could bring multiple campaigns within striking distance of one another.”

— Quote from USA Today

Super Tuesday is the day in the primary season where the largest amount of states hold caucuses and primary elections. The 2020 Super Tuesday fell on March 3rd, with 14 states and one territory participating, including California. It is a very important day in the primary elections and it is likely that whoever comes out on top will become their party’s nominee. This year 1,344 delegates were at stake.

This year, California moved its primary up to take part in Super Tuesday this year, previously taking place around May or June. This change has resulted in a smaller amount of polling places. According to Chris Woodyard of USA Today, Los Angeles County found a decline in polling places “from about 4,500 to 976.”

California has 416 delegates at stake, making it an important asset to the Democratic presidential candidates wishing to win the majority this year. According to a USA Today poll taken closely before the primary election, “Sanders was at 35% among likely Democratic primary voters, well ahead of former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg at 16%, former vice president Joe Biden at 14% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 12%,” suggesting a clear win for the Vermont senator in the Golden State.

The prediction that Sanders would win California appeared to be true, because as of 4 PM PST on March 4, he was leading the state with around 33% of the vote and 155 California delegates. Biden followed behind with around 25% of the California votes and 93 delegates, with Bloomberg and Warren with 14.3% and 14 delegates and 12% and 9 delegates respectively.

However, Biden appeared to be the overall winner after Super Tuesday. At 4 PM PST on March 4, he had 566 total claimed delegates and won Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine, and Virginia. Sanders was close behind at 501 total claimed delegates, but had only won Utah, Colorado, and Vermont and held the lead in California.

According to Marty Johnson of The Hill, Bloomberg dropped out of the democratic race “after a disappointing performance on Super Tuesday despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars in advertisements” on March 4 and gave his endorsement to Joe Biden.

As Americans await the final results of the California primary, it appears clear that the fight for the presidential nomination is between Biden and Sanders. The final decision for the democratic nominee will determine the results of the November election and the fate of the executive branch.