Politics

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Super Tuesday to kickoff the primaries of 15 territories and include the votes of 40% of Americans

Super Tuesday is set to launch Tuesday, kicking off the presidential primaries and caucuses of 15 American states and territories in which 1,357 delegates are up for grabs and 40% of the US population will vote on their preference for Democratic nominee for president. The states and territories holding primaries Tuesday comprise of: Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North, Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. The top candidates on the ballot for Super Tuesday include Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, businessman and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. ~

Bernie Sanders, the self-acclaimed Democratic Socialist running on a progressive economic policy agenda, has taken the spot as the race’s front runner in recent weeks (26.8% National Polling, RealClearPolitics) after leading the field in delegates after the first four primaries. Although Sanders won the popular vote in Iowa and acquired the most delegates in both New Hampshire and Nevada, the most recent primary of South Carolina Saturday was won in tremendous fashion by Joe Biden, who according to the Associated Press, won 48.4% of the electorate. With Biden’s campaign seeing a surge just days before Super Tuesday, it remains unclear how his momentum will affect Tuesday’s vote. According to fivethirtyeight, it is perceived that “Biden is favored in the South, Sanders in the North and West.” ~

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar both announced the suspension of their Presidential campaigns over the weekend, endorsing Joe Biden and making way for a clearer path in the moderate lane for the former Vice President. However, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who has spent $452 million in Super Tuesday states (Reuters) and has jumped to third in national polling (RealClearPolitics), will hit the ballot for the first time Tuesday, possibly leading to a split moderate vote between Biden and Bloomberg. On the flip side, the continual presence of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign could lead to a split progressive vote between Warren and Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders. ~

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