“But inside the Democratic Party there is a debate not unlike the one that divides the two main parties about the breadth of change that Washington should pursue. The Democrats’ moderate wing, which is now anchored by older black voters in the south, remains deeply skeptical of Sanders-style socialism, while the New New left, powered by young radicals in big cities, is repelled by the incrementalism of Biden.
This divide between Sanders’s and Biden’s bases might not be easily bridgeable, and if a clear delegate winner fails to emerge, the party’s convention in Milwaukee could be as messy as anything since 1968, when supporters of anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy took to the streets to protest the establishment-led victory of vice president Hubert Humphrey. How the eventual nominee wins the nod, and how he (or she) handles the inevitable bruised feelings in the other camp, will matter more this year than it has in decades.”
– Ryan Lizza, chief Washington correspondent for Politico
Fifteen states and territories hold Democratic presidential primaries on Super Tuesday—including the nation’s most populous states, California and Texas. The jurisdictions voting March 3 are:
Democrats Abroad—the Democratic political party affiliate representing U.S. citizens living outside the United States— also begin their primary on March 3 and conclude voting on March 10.
Forty percent of the U.S. population has a Democratic primary event on Super Tuesday. A total of 1,344 presidential pledged primary delegates will be awarded, not including the 13 delegates from Democrats Abroad. That’s 34% of the pledged delegates at stake in the whole Democratic primary process.
With 4% of pledged delegates awarded so far, 38% of all available pledged delegates will have been awarded after Super Tuesday.
Former 2020 presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O’Rourke endorsedJoe Biden in Texas on Monday. He also received endorsements from Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Reps. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), and Veronica Escobar (Texas). Biden will hold his primary night rally in Los Angeles.
The editorial boards of several newspapers in Massachusetts, including The Boston Herald, endorsed Michael Bloomberg on Monday. Bloomberg spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee convention in Washington, D.C., where he said he opposed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. He is holding a rally in South Florida on Tuesday night.
In an interview with Reason, Bill Weld said he would remain in the race after Super Tuesday. “Steve Bannon said that if the president loses four percent of the traditional Republican vote, he cannot be re-elected. If that’s true, that’s a marker I can meet,” Weld said.