Former Vice President Joe Biden is the decisive winner of South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary – a win that’s given his campaign a much-needed jolt ahead of Super Tuesday, tomorrow. That’s when voters in 14 states will cast ballots.
Biden calls Super Tuesday a “pivotal moment” for the Democratic Party – and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders agrees. Campaigning in Virginia, Sanders congratulated Biden and said – "You can't win them all." Still, both men are very confident about their respective chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
Even so, there’s been a growing chorus of concern about Sanders being the nominee and with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren saying they’re not going anywhere, the field has already consolidated – with both Tom Steyer and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg bowing out after their poor performances in South Carolina.
As for the Super Tuesday tea leaves, Sanders appears poised to have a big day tomorrow. A series of polls shows the Vermont senator leading in three important states. A CBS News/YouGov poll shows that 31-percent of California Democrats favor Sanders, followed by Biden with 19-percent. If that holds true, Sanders would come away with a good chunk of California's 415 pledged delegates. In Texas, an NBC News/Marist poll has Sanders with 34-percent support compared with Biden's 19-percent.
So what happens if no one gets a decisive collection of delegates by the Convention in Milwaukee? There’s increasing talk of a “brokered” convention. What that means is that all delegates would be released and start over with multiple rounds of voting until a “winner” is chosen.
Source: New York Times