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In the 2020 Democratic presidential primary election results, so far, Joe Biden is in the lead at 649 delegates, while Bernie Sanders is behind at 573. The gap between them widened after Super Tuesday, with Biden winning 10 states including Texas, where he unexpectedly gained the majority, amassing 34.5 percent of votes. Biden also won the majority in Massachusetts, beating former candidate Elizabeth Warren in her home state.
Sanders was once considered the most likely candidate to win the nomination, but just before Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden, hoping that their combined votes would give him a majority over Sanders.
Moderate Democrats like Buttigieg and Klobuchar believe that Sanders’s policies are too far-left, and if he became the nominee, it would push Democratic voters to vote for Donald Trump instead.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been an avid supporter of Sanders, endorsing him for president and aiding him on the campaign trail. Despite this, in a recent interview with Seth Meyers on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ocasio-Cortez made it clear that she would support whomever became the nominated democratic candidate, whether Biden or Sanders.
Ocasio-Cortez also emphasized that it is crucial for all Democrats to support whomever is nominated, as it is the only way to prevent Donald Trump from being re-elected.
“I’ve said throughout this entire process that what is so important is that we ultimately unite behind who that Democratic nominee is,” she said. “And I think it’s a two-way street. I’ve been concerned by some folks that say if Bernie’s the nominee, they won’t support him—and the other way around. Right now, November, you know, this is more important than all of us. And we really need to make sure that we defeat Donald Trump at the polls, assuming and knowing, how insane it’s going to get between now and then.”
During the interview, Ocasio-Cortez also commented on Sanders’ disappointing performance on Super Tuesday and suggested the lack of youth turnout was to blame. Youths make a large number of Sanders’ supporters. In January 2020, the Pew Research Center conducted a national survey which discovered that 40 percent of voters under 30 supported Sanders.
“It is going to be now and in November, I believe, turnout of young people that will have a huge determination in our future as a country,” Ocasio-Cortez remarked. “And this is an enormous responsibility. And we’ve got to really, really turn up or else—you get what you fight for. And you get what you vote for. And I think it’s so incredibly important that we fight for a future that will work for us.”
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