Thursday 12 March 2020

Bernie Sanders Wins North Dakota, Washington Still Too Close To Call

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may have won at least three primary states on Tuesday night against former Vice President Joe Biden, who cleaned Bernie’s clock in the all-important state of Michigan. After being too close to call throughout the night, Bernie was declared the winner in the state of North Dakota following his win in Idaho. The state of Washington still remains too close to call as of this writing.
With 100% reporting, Bernie Sanders earned 53.3% (7,682 total) of the vote versus Joe Biden at just 39.8% (5,742 total), picking up just 8 out of 14 delegates while Biden picked up 6. More from CNBC:
In the 2016 Democratic primary, the Vermont senator also won North Dakota, sweeping then-Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with 64% of the vote to her 26%, according to NBC News.
The latest round of primaries came a week after Super Tuesday, during which Biden won surprise victories and eked out a pledged delegate lead over Sanders.  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii remains in the race, but the contest for the Democratic nomination has fallen largely between Biden and Sanders.
So far, Biden has secured 837 delegates and Sanders has secured 689, according to NBC News. To win the Democratic nomination, the victor needs 1,991 delegates.
Though Bernie Sanders has a slight lead in the delegate-rich Washington State, outlets are still deeming it too close to call. As of this writing, Sanders has earned 32.7% (335,498) total of the vote versus Joe Biden with 32.5% (333,414 total) of the vote.
Despite taking massive losses on both Super Tuesday and last night, Bernie Sanders has refused to drop out of the election and pledged to meet Joe Biden at the debate on Sunday night.
“We are winning the generational debate,” Sanders said in a Wednesday press conference. “While Joe Biden continues to do very well with older Americans, especially those people over 65, our campaign continues to win the vast majority of the votes of younger people.”
“Last night obviously was not a good night for our campaign from a delegate point of view,” he added.
As the debate looms closer and Joe Biden continues to demonstrate his mental incompetency in public, however, some establishment Democrats have called for ending the primary.
“I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down, it is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates — because you don’t do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when it’s obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) on Tuesday.
Clyburn’s remarks were echoed by longtime Democratic strategist James Carville, who has long criticized the rise of Bernie Sanders.
“We got to acknowledge that he created a movement — that he did some truly remarkable things in American politics … but we also, we can’t dis these Democratic voters who are just coming out in every corner of this country, saying let’s get on with this thing. Now, our mission as a party is to defeat Donald Trump,” Carville told MSNBC. “Let’s shut this puppy down and let’s move on and worry about November. This thing is decided. There’s no reason to keep it going, not even a day longer.”

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