It’s over for Bernie Sanders.
While the socialist Senator hasn’t officially suspended his campaign, the writing is on the wall following another clobbering last night at the hands of former Vice President Joe Biden. Voters in three states—Florida, Arizona, and Illinois—braved the coronavirus and cast their vote for the Democrat presidential nomination.
It was an absolute bloodbath for Sanders.
Biden received over 60% of the vote in Florida and Illinois and holds a double-digit lead in Arizona as of this writing. Biden won every single county in Florida and Illinois and dominated across every demographic except voters under 45 and Hispanics in both of those states.
The exception to Biden’s lackluster performance with Hispanic voters was Florida, where voters from Latin America and Cuba revolted against Sanders—understandably so, given his past comments praising Fidel Castro and other communist regimes in the region. South Florida is home to many Cuban and Latin American immigrants. The turning point of the campaign was Sanders’ disastrous interview on 60 Minutes in which Bernie defended the Castro regime by citing the supposed achievement of the communist dictator’s literacy program.
He told host Anderson Cooper “You know when Fidel Castro came to office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”
Cubans in Miami were rightfully outraged. The Miami Herald reported, “Sander’s comments angered many Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans who pointed out on social media that the literacy program carried out by Castro after coming to power in 1959 was highly politicized—as was the resulting educational system—and the senator was selective in avoiding references to the repression on the island, or the executions that Castro organized at the beginning of the revolution.”
It is hard to believe that only two weeks ago, Bernie Sanders looked unstoppable and all signs pointed to him cruising to the Democrat nomination. The Democrat establishment freaked out when they realized that a communist sympathizer would be their nominee and decided to revive the dying campaign of Joe Biden. Never before in American politics has a race turned on a dime like the 2020 Democrat primary. It has been one that political scientists will be studying for years to come.
Joe Biden now has a 99 percent chance of winning the nomination according to FiveThirtyEight. Only three weeks ago, the site had Bernie as the odds-on favorite, and a brokered convention was more likely than Biden winning the nomination outright. Times sure have changed.
Bernie’s last chance went by the wayside after failing to deliver a commanding debate performance against Biden on Sunday night. He needed a real Hail Mary pass, and he didn’t deliver. Biden held firm and, for once, didn’t embarrass himself. It was Biden’s best debate performance of the cycle.
Sanders has no path to the nomination and should drop out, however, he still hasn’t done so. He is said to be assessing his precarious position with top aides and supporters. The Hill reported, “Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign manager on Wednesday said that Sanders would take time in the coming weeks to assess his campaign after a slew of primary wins for former Vice President Joe Biden.
‘The next primary contest is three weeks away,’ Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement. ‘Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with his supporters to assess his campaign.’
‘In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.’”
The primaries were overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. However, voter turnout was still higher in Florida due to early voting, which took place before Tuesday’s election day.
Joe Biden has defied the odds and he is now one step closer to winning the Democratic nomination.
And from there, the REAL fun can begin.