Will Joe Biden Knockout Bernie Sanders in Tonight's Primaries?


Surging US presidential candidate Joe Biden urged MI voters Monday to help him bolster his lead over Bernie Sanders as the rivals made their final pitches hours before the battleground state holds its Democratic primary.

Besides Michigan, Democrats will also be voting in Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state.

"It's hard for me to believe Biden would have done so [well] on Tuesday without the endorsement from Mayor Pete as Pete would have likely taken votes and potential delegates away from the vice president", says William Pugh, a senior from Charleston, South Carolina, who majors in political science and minors in philosophy. The former vice-president has campaigned in recent days with two of them, Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen.

Both are proposing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars that would need to gain the support of lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.

It wan't all good feelings, though.

The question was met with a resounding 'No!' from the audience, which responded similarly when Sanders asked the same question of tuition-free public colleges and universities, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal.

"Wall Street didn't build America, you built America", Biden said. Biden's gun control plan reinstates the assault weapons ban and includes a voluntary buyback program for assault weapons, stopping short of a mandatory buyback program that some of his opponents had supported in the primary. In 2016 Sanders won Washington with 72% of the vote, a commanding showing. That was even closer than Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, which, along with MI, are credited with handing the president a narrow Electoral College victory even as Hillary Clinton clinched the popular vote.

Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, sees the Democratic establishment lining up against him, as it was accused of doing for Clinton in 2016.

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A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination, which will not be officially decided until Democrats hold their national convention in July.

The move contrasts with Sanders's public statements in Detroit on Monday at a coronavirus roundtable he convened.

Given the primary season results so far, it would appear that despite voters' mixed feelings over the war (half of Americans think it was a mistake, according to Gallup), this particular error of judgement is not costing Mr Biden much - so many people made the same wrong judgment and, politically speaking, it was so long ago. The Biden campaign is making arrangements for him to make some kind of appearance before the media; Sanders' campaign has not yet announced what it will do. But they agreed on one thing.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump's campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said, "The campaign is proceeding as normal".

"We've got to get "45" out of office", she said, referring to the current president. I wish I could purge them from my mind. "Honestly, at this point I think that they have mostly finished putting out their policy proposals", he said.

Voting didn't go smoothly everywhere. Sanders needs to win MI, which he did sensationally in 2016, but recent polling suggests Biden is firmly ahead.

The victor of the Democratic nomination battle, which has essentially narrowed the field to Sanders and Biden, will take on the Republican Trump in the November 3 general election.