Comeback Joe? Biden Surges Ahead After Super Tuesday

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Joe Biden dominated the South and Midwest on Super Tuesday, claiming victories in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas. Biden also won in Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, and Amy Klobuchar’s home state of Minnesota. Bernie Sanders won Vermont, Colorado and Utah.

The two largest prizes on Super Tuesday are Texas and California, delegate rich states that are able to greatly contribute to a candidates campaign. Sanders is projected to win California and is in a close race with Biden in Texas, where Biden holds a slight lead. But Texas and California have complex rules on the way they assign delegates, and allocate them somewhat proportionally to candidates based on minimum thresholds.

Biden also surged ahead of Sanders in polling averages, pulling close to even with the Vermont senator. Many voters were concerned about Biden’s lackluster performance in early states, but after a strong showing in South Carolina, those concerns seem to have been addressed.

Michael Bloomberg won the delegates from American Samoa, but did not win any states. Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard also did not win any states on Super Tuesday.