Super Tuesday: The Democratic Party is Trying to Stop Sanders. Can They?

Super Tuesday: The Democratic Party is Trying to Stop Sanders. Can They?

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Daniel Duffy
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Today is Super Tuesday, the day when the most states hold caucuses or primaries, with around a third of Democratic voters casting their votes for who they want to be the Democratic party’s nomination for presidency. It is the most important day in the Democratic race, its results typically predictive of who will be the elected nominee.

Super Tuesday will play a crucial role in revealing if Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden will have the majority, with delegates currently split between them; Sanders at 60 delegates while Biden at 54. It was previously thought that Sanders would be the most likely to win, however, at the recent South Carolina primary, Biden amassed a significant 48 percent of votes while Sanders only received 19 percent. Furthermore, just before Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, both dropped out of the race and are now endorsing Joe Biden, uniting together in an attempt to prevent Sanders from being elected.

Earlier this morning, journalist and political analyst Juan Williams in an interview on the Fox News program America’s Newsroom with host Sandra Smith, shared his thoughts regarding Super Tuesday, and former Democratic candidates Klobuchar and Buttigieg encouraging voters to support Biden over Sanders. 

Williams noted that before Biden’s unexpected win at the South Carolina primary, it was likely that Super Tuesday would have dealt the knock-out punch to Biden, and given great certainty that Sanders would be the Democratic nominee for president.

However, in light of the new result, Williams remarked: “given what we’ve seen over the last, I would say three to four days, really from Friday of last week to now, we’ve seen a tremendous surge for Joe Biden and obviously the highlight of which was his tremendous victory in South Carolina exceeding expectations in terms of winning by almost 30 points.”

Williams also suggested that the new support for Biden from Buttigieg and Klobuchar not only causes more uncertainty concerning who will gain the majority of delegates this Super Tuesday, but is clearly “the Democratic Party asserting itself.”  

Moderate Democrats like Buttigieg and Klobuchar have been worried that if Sanders became the elected nominee, his socialist policies would deter voters and give Donald Trump certain victory. Even if Sanders was elected as president, some are concerned he would take over the party and make it too far-left.

“The way I think of it is, if 2016, we were doing a rerun you would see the Republican Party assert itself to say let’s come together to stop Donald Trump. They never did. The party as a result blew apart and it is now the party of Trump,” Williams explained. “On the Democratic side I think you hear the phone calls coming from President Obama to a lot of these folks saying this is the time for the party to coalesce behind Joe Biden.” 

Although the former Democratic candidates are backing Biden, during a recent rally in Minnesota, Sanders told supports of Buttigieg and Klobuchar that “the door is open” to join him and to “come on in.”

Despite Sanders welcoming supporters, Williams believes that Buttigieg’s voters will not be supporting Sanders this Super Tuesday. “Buttigieg voters going to Sanders, I don’t think so. I don’t think so,” he remarked.

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