A focus on Super Tuesday
First, Tom Styer. Then, Pete Buttigieg. Finally, Amy Klobuchar.
Three more Democrats have ended their bid for the presidency, with two – Buttigieg and Klobuchar – endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.
As Super Tuesday dawns, it is safe to say Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are the frontrunners.
Today, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and American Samoa will go to the polls to make their selection on who they think should gain the Democratic nomination.
A total of 1,357 delgates will be up for grabs.
The current delegate count is:
• Bernie Sanders 60.
• Joe Biden 54.
• Pete Buttigieg 26.
• Elizabeth Warren 8.
• Amy Klobuchar 7.
In general, delegates won by those candidates who have dropped out of the race will report to the Democratic National Convention – July 13-16 in Milwaukee – as unpledged. This means they may vote for whomever they want.
To win the nomination on the first ballot, a candidate must receive support from a majority of pledged delegates – at least 1,991 of 3,979.
With more than 30 percent of the delegates up for grabs today, Super Tuesday will either make or break the two frontrunners.
Biden, though, has an advantage, with his convincing win Saturday in South Carolina.
Flash back to Feb. 11, many New Hampshire residents were perplexed on why Biden would leave the first-in-the-nation primary state early for the Palmetto State. Biden had a plan, one that has turned out to play to his strengths and his savvy as a politician.
Thanks to the African-American vote and heavy campaigning in southern states, Biden is back in the race and will be neck-and-neck with Sanders – likely until the convention.
Today will be telling, and likely bring into focus who will ultimately win the nomination.