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Super Tuesday 2020

Coverage of Super Tuesday from a Minnesota perspective

  • AP source: Bloomberg to reassess after disappointing results

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg plans to reassess on Wednesday whether he should stay in the race after disappointing results in Tuesday’s primaries.

    A person close to the Bloomberg campaign confirmed the deliberations. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity.

    Bloomberg spent more than half a billion dollars on his presidential campaign. But Tuesday marked the first elections where he was on ballots. Former Vice President Joe Biden won key states like Virginia and North Carolina where Bloomberg had spent millions of dollars and campaigned heavily.

    Fourteen states voted in Tuesday’s primaries. Polls in California, the biggest delegate haul, have not yet closed.
    — Kathleen Ronayne | Associated Press

  • Late deciders aid Biden, young loyal to Sanders

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Democratic voters in Super Tuesday's presidential primaries made up their minds just before casting a ballot — and Joe Biden appears to be benefiting from their indecision.

    Late deciders across several states voting Tuesday broke for Biden, helping the former vice president capitalize on new momentum in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders secured his home state of Vermont and Colorado, where voters were more likely to be liberal.

    The pool of late deciders ranged from about a quarter of voters in Texas to roughly half in Minnesota, according to AP VoteCast surveys of voters in several Super Tuesday contests. In Minnesota, roughly half of those votes went to Biden.

    The surveys show the power of momentum in a race that has long been crowded with candidates and often left voters confused. Biden's big win in South Carolina on Saturday revived his struggling campaign and pushed three of his rivals toward the exit.

    Still, Biden must also block Sanders with his constituency of young liberals, box out Sen. Elizabeth Warren and overcome the hundreds of millions spent by billionaire Mike Bloomberg — who is on the ballot for the first time Tuesday. Further complicating the possible outcomes on Tuesday was that many people voted early, likely to be a major factor in California, the night's biggest delegate prize.
    — Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut | Associated Press

  • Sanders still confident despite Biden surge

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    Bernie Sanders is expressing “absolute confidence” that he’ll be victorious in his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination, despite losing many of the early Super Tuesday races to Joe Biden.

    Speaking to supporters in Essex Junction, Vermont, Sanders stuck to his standard criticisms of his Democratic rivals without naming them. He also promoted himself as putting together “an unprecedented, grassroots, multigenerational, multi-racial movement.”

    Thus far, Sanders had won two contests of the night: his home state of Vermont and Colorado.

    Referencing states yet to be counted, including delegate-rich Texas, Sanders said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen later on tonight,” noting he was “cautiously optimistic” he would win California.

    He ended by thanking Vermonters for their support through the years, closing with, “Let’s go on to the White House.”

    — Associated Press

  • Protesters interrupt Biden celebration

    A woman charges the stage while holding a sign that reads "Let Dairy Die" as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Super Tuesday event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Protesters briefly interrupted Joe Biden's Super Tuesday celebratory remarks to supporters in Los Angeles.

    Women holding signs reading "Let Dairy Die" stormed the podium where Biden was giving remarks Tuesday night, flanked by his wife and sister. Biden moved to the side as security removed the women.

    Protesters from the animal rights group have interrupted recent campaign events in Nevada and California. Topless women with "Let Dairy Die" written on their chests protested a Bernie Sanders campaign event earlier this month.

    As soon as the women were removed, Biden resumed his remarks, seemingly unfazed.

    A winner has not yet been called in California.

    — Associated Press

  • Biden defeats Warren in Massachusetts primary

    Joe Biden has won Massachusetts' Democratic presidential primary. The state has 91 delegates at stake.

    Massachusetts was considered a must-win state for its home-state candidate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and election officials predicted high turnout. Nearly 230,000 voters took advantage of early voting last week, the first time the state has allowed early voting in a presidential primary.

    Biden has won Arkansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Virginia. Bernie Sanders has won Utah, Vermont and Colorado.

    — Associated Press

  • Sanders wins Democratic primary in California

    Bernie Sanders has won California's Democratic presidential primary. The state has 415 delegates at stake, the biggest haul on the electoral map.

    Sanders' campaign has long seen the nation’s most populous state as a critical early contest and has had droves of volunteers organizing events across the state. Sanders lost the 2016 Democratic presidential primary to Hillary Clinton and was hoping for a comeback that would be a capstone moment for the state’s progressive wing.

    Sanders has also won Utah, Vermont and Colorado. Joe Biden has won Massachusetts, Arkansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Virginia.

    — Associated Press

  • How the AP called California for Sanders

    As soon as polls closed in California at 8 p.m. Pacific Time, The Associated Press called Bernie Sanders the winner of the biggest prize on Super Tuesday.

    The AP called the state's Democratic presidential primary for the Vermont senator even though no votes from Tuesday had yet been counted. The news agency did so based on results from AP VoteCast, its wide-ranging survey of the American electorate. That election research captures the views of voters on whom they vote for, and why.

    The VoteCast survey found Sanders with a convincing lead in California, with no path for Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden to catch up. In part, that’s because VoteCast found Sanders with a big lead in early votes mailed in before Tuesday’s election.

    Many of those ballots were cast before Biden’s commanding win in South Carolina and before Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race. That means the trailing candidate would need to make up a lot of ground in the vote cast in person by voters at polling places Tuesday. But VoteCast found that vote, too, also favored Sanders.

    AP VoteCast is conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News.

    — Associated Press

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