Biden Wins Big in South Carolina, But Can He Defeat Bernie?
Former Vice President Joe Biden scored a major victory in South Carolina’s primary but is it going to be enough to stag a comeback against Bernie Sanders?
South Carolina Blowout
There is no debate about it. Biden scored a major, crushing victory on Saturday in South Carolina and he moved his delegate count from 34 to 41, CNN reported.
Sanders now only leads the former vice president by 12 delegates, and only four states have been heard from which has Biden feeling hyped.
“For those of you who’ve been counted out, knocked down, left behind, this is your campaign,” he told his South Carolina supporters.
“Just days ago, the press and pundits had declared this candidacy dead,” Biden said. “Because of you, the heart of the Democratic party, we just won and we won big because of you. We are very much alive.”
“Now you launched our campaign on the path to defeating Donald Trump. This campaign is taking off so join us!” he said before taking a swipe at Sen. Sanders. “Most Americans don’t want the promise of revolution,” he said. “They want more than promises. They want results.”
Biden now leads the popular vote after the four states, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina have cast their votes. But Super Tuesday and its delegates are on the line in three days and that could lead to more candidates dropping out which could help Biden.
Steyer Gone More To Come
After South Carolina was decided it did not take long for billionaire Tom Steyer to exist the race. The candidate said that he no longer saw a path to the presidency and said it would be better for him to get out now.
“I said if I didn’t see a path to winning that I’d suspend my campaign,” Steyer said. “And honestly, I can’t see a path where I can win the presidency.” He said he would support whoever the eventual Democratic nominee is, but he did not endorse anyone as of Saturday night.
“Every Democrat is a million times better than Trump. Trump is a disaster,” he said. “When the Lord closes a door, he opens a window. I will find that window and I will crawl through it with you. I promise you that. I love you very much. This has been a great experience. I have zero regrets. Meeting you and the rest of the American people was the highlight of my life.”
There is a good chance that candidates who are on the periphery will be gone after Super Tuesday. There does not appear to be a path to victory for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg or former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg if they do not get some major delegates on Tuesday.
If any or all of those candidates end their campaign it would be a boon for Biden and it would pave the way for a Biden VS Sanders showdown for the nomination.
Bernie Still Has The Edge
Saturday was a fantastic night for Biden and he needed it. Sanders was starting to run away with the delegates. But Super Tuesday looks like it could be a huge day for Sanders.
Sanders has a gigantic lead in the polls in California where Sanders has 35 percent of the support to Biden’s 13 percent. In Texas Biden has 29 percent to Biden’s 20 percent. Both of those states are delegate rich, according to CNN.
Sanders also has a commanding lead in the poll of polls nationally at 28 percent to Biden’s 16 percent, CNN reported. Klobuchar could damage Sanders in Minnesota, and Warren could damage him in Massachusetts but the cluster of moderates, including Bloomberg, is a much bigger issue for Biden.
Yes, Biden is back in the race but it should not be overstated as his victory was expected. Neither Biden nor Sanders will be done after Tuesday but there will be a much better idea of where the race is and it likely is headed towards a two person showdown that could bring on a contested convention.