Political As and Fs: Super Tuesday Edition

Super Tuesday is the day that every presidential candidate long awaits during their bid for the presidency. Fourteen states hold their primaries, and this year, major Democratic candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren rallied their supporters in those states in order to rack up the majority portion of the available delegates. States of all sizes, from California with 415 available delegates, to Maine with 24 delegates, voted for their favorites, and the results shocked pretty much anyone who had been following the election. Here’s how Super Tuesday went this year, A’s and F’s style.

Who dropped out?

Early frontrunner Pete Buttigieg dropped out on March 1, and Amy Klobuchar dropped out the next day. Both candidates endorsed Biden right before Super Tuesday began. After the events of Super Tuesday occurred, Michael Bloomberg dropped out on March 4, and Elizabeth Warren left the race on March 5. In just a matter of days, the Democratic presidential race thinned down from over five prominent candidates to just two: Biden and Sanders. Of course, there’s Tulsi Gabbard, but prominent wouldn’t be the best word to describe her campaign.

A to Joe Biden: That came out of nowhere.

Wow. A stunning 380 of the Super Tuesday delegates went to Joe Biden, who now has 823 delegates over Bernie Sanders’ 663 (as of March 11, including wins from March 10). Biden was able to rally voters in the majority of the Super Tuesday states, including Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma, and pulled a stunning victory over the former frontrunner, Bernie Sanders, who everyone thought would be unstoppable. Just recently, Biden also won the Michigan primary, another major victory, flipping a state Sanders won in the last election.  Now as Biden and Sanders are left as pretty much the only viable candidates in the race, it’ll come down to debate performance and specific campaign trails in order to win the party nomination.

B to Bernie Sanders: There’s still hope!

Bernie Sanders was the frontrunner for the Democrats….until Super Tuesday happened. He managed to win in California, Utah, Colorado, and Vermont, which is a small number compared to the ten states Biden won in. At least he managed to win in his home state. Currently, Sanders is only 91 delegates behind Biden (as of March 3), and that’s a marginal lead in terms of the presidential race- the winning nominee needs 1,991 delegates. Bernie is also endorsed by popular celebrities such as Ariana Grande and Cole Sprouse. With such a strong fan base, it’s highly unlikely that his campaign will just dissipate into thin air, but from the looks of it, Bernie’s got a lot of work to do if he wants to catch up.

C to Elizabeth Warren: We were rooting for you 😦

Elizabeth Warren was arguably the most promising female candidate throughout the presidential race. She held a good balance between the radical ideas of Bernie Sanders and the more centrist ideas of Joe Biden and had the best chance out of all the female candidates of beating the two top runners. Unfortunately, she only earned 64 delegates. A few days later, her campaign made the tough decision to end their bid for the presidency but decided NOT to endorse any of the remaining candidates.

F to Tulsi Gabbard: Why are you still running?

Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign was doomed from the start. Her poll numbers haven’t passed the 10% threshold since she announced her intent to campaign for the nomination. Gabbard hasn’t been able to appear in a presidential debate since November, and honestly, everyone kind of forgot she was running. Maybe she did too. Gabbard’s campaign faltered in the same way that Elizabeth Warren’s campaign did when she lost the primary contest in American Samoa, where she was born, to Michael Bloomberg. Gabbard has gained two delegates in the primary process (as of March 11), so there is an infinitesimally small chance for her to win the nomination now. Someone might have to tell her that.

F to Michael Bloomberg: Ding dong! The ads are gone!

Michael Bloomberg put all his bets, including over 500 million dollars, on Super Tuesday just to only win in American Samoa. He has had many stumbles in recent weeks. He was destroyed by fellow candidates at the Nevada and South Carolina debates. We have decided he earns an F for dropping out but deserves an A for no more advertisements. Now we can watch YouTube and scroll through Instagram in peace.

Super Tuesday is often a huge, determining factor in many presidential candidates’ campaigns, and with Biden getting a rocket boost from such a great performance, he’s more likely to win the nomination than he was just two or three weeks ago when he was trailing behind Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg in fourth place. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is losing traction, and we’ll all be watching to see if he makes a comeback or if Biden is heading towards the win.

Sophomore Olivia Post is a staff writer for the 2019-2020 Colonel. She is a member of Concert Choir and the secretary for the Class of 2022.  When she isn’t watching the Yankees or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, she enjoys reading.

Sophomore Alex Martinez-Garcia is a staff writer for the 2019-2020 Colonel. She is the class vice president and swims for Ledyard during the fall season. Out of school, Alex swims for the Westerly Dolphins club team and spends lots of time playing piano and watching the Office.

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