Washington, Mar 4 : Former US vice president Joe Biden won nine of the 14 states that voted on Super Tuesday to pick a Democratic candidate in the November presidential election. Super Tuesday awards more than 1,300 of the 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic White House nomination in July.
It was a remarkable bounce-back for Biden, 77, whose campaign as only last month his campaign was almost derailed after he finished a poor fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary.
But on Tuesday, Biden won Texas, the second biggest state with 228 delegates, along with Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Senator Elizabeth Warren, once the frontrunner in the race, suffered a humiliating defeat in her home state of Massachusetts. Partial results from Maine, which has 24 delegates, showed Biden ahead of Bernie Sanders. Exit polls suggested Biden attracted large majorities of African-American voters, a crucial bloc for the Democratic party.
Biden also appeared to have won among the type of suburban voters who pollsters say have been turning away from the current US president. Sanders is projected to win California, which has 415 delegates, as well as three other states. Both Biden and Sanders lead the race to face Republican President Donald Trump in November. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg did not win a single state. As things stand, Biden has 402 delegates and anders 314.
"We are very much alive," Biden told a crowd in Los Angeles. "Make no mistake about it, this campaign will send Donald Trump packing." Reports say other presidential hopefuls Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg ended their campaigns to unite moderate Democrats around Biden, who many party insiders and various pundits think has the best chance to take on President Donald Trump. (UNI)