2020 Goat Rodeo
Handsome VP Joe Biden did a clean sweep of the three states who voted and 230 Delegates. Sen. Bernie Sanders won 80. There will probably be some more delegates awarded when the mail-in ballots are counted, but they will not make up the difference.
[I have no idea or insight into Bernie’s plans, though I have read that he’s continuing to run to “keep the movement alive.”]
There are only 5 elections in the next 5 weeks (Wisconsin, Alaska, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico) and all of them award a small number of delegates (188 delegates total). Of course, some of these states might decide to DeWine and move their elections, too, so our Failed Political Press is going to have the Dims in Disarray headlines for a while longer.
UPDATE 1: Axios’ morning email thingie (weird formatting and bullets are theirs):
The primaries have illustrated how Democrats don’t believe Bernie Sanders has the ability to defeat President Trump, Axios’ Margaret Talev and Alexi McCammond write.
- Joe Biden swept the three states that went ahead with primaries amid the coronavirus outbreak — Florida, Illinois and Arizona.
Why it matters: Sanders has continually lost states where a majority of Dem voters supported Medicare for All.
- And if you can’t win places like Florida and Illinois, what’s the case for the general election?
The bottom line: The coronavirus has been smothering Sanders’ already difficult path to a comeback.
- The Bernie movement was built on on massive rally crowds and huge canvassing efforts, all of which has come to a grinding halt with social distancing.
- Sanders’ chance to make his case on TV and social media has been crowded out by the public and media focus on the virus. For example, cable networks broke away from their primary coverage last night to discuss the virus.
UPDATE 2: Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie (Emboldening is theirs):
“Welcome to the zombie coronavirus campaign of 2020”: “It’s the zombie primary now. For all practical purposes, the Democratic nominating contest was over after Joe Biden won Michigan and Washington last week, then stretched his delegate lead by sweeping Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday night. Bernie Sanders has almost no chance of catching him.
“Yet because of the coronavirus, the presidential campaign is suspended in time. Rallies are off. Campaign workers, like many other people, are sheltering in place. On Tuesday, Maryland became the fifth state to postpone its election, and more states are expected to follow. The postponements have left an unexpected opening for Sanders to soldier on, even as his prospects fade. The pandemic, which first sapped the primary of life, is now extending it.”