Democratic Primaries Leave Two Clear Front Runners

By: Khacor Tigner and Sarah Bevelhymer

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a comeback from being one of the candidates with the least amount of delegates to the candidate with the most after Super Tuesday. Joe Biden currently has 627 delegates, replacing the former front runner Bernie Sanders who has 551 delegates. The other candidates that were notable in previous caucuses/primaries–Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Michael Bloomberg–have all dropped out of the election. Buttigieg dropped out just 2 days before Super Tuesday. Warren and Bloomberg dropped out shortly after the first counts came in, when it became clear that they did not collect many delegates.

Moderate Pete Buttigieg endorsed former vice president Joe Biden, as did Klobuchar and Bloomberg, effectively consolidating the moderate vote to one central candidate. This is Biden’s third attempt at winning a presidential election. He has a down-to-earth personality and is able to connect to the citizens of the working class to gain their votes. His main goal is to strengthen economic protections for low-income working-class citizens. 

Elizabeth Warren, when asked to comment on an endorsement, did not reply, but instead lamented “all those little girls” who have to wait another 4 years until a female candidate can run for presidential office.

Bernie Sanders has kept up his donations and kept support with his loyal base. His main goals are to provide Medicare for All, free college tuition, and limit the influence of the upper class in government affairs.

Biden as a moderate has the potential to appeal to many Americans, especially Republicans who are dissatisfied with the current administration. Sanders as a progressive is in a difficult position to appeal to moderate and conservative voters, which is a necessity in order to win the election. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will eventually campaign against the incumbent President Trump.


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