How Super Tuesday Changed the Race


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Bernie Sanders speaking at a rally.

Mona Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer

President of the United States is perhaps one of the most powerful jobs in the world, so when the race for president begins, it is an exciting and tumultuous time for America. This current 2020 presidential race has been especially tumultuous for the democratic nominees. The race began with 29 nominees on the democratic side, which is a historically high number. The number of candidates is currently down to three, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.

Biden was the former vice president when Barack Obama was in office. Gabbard is a former congresswoman, and Sanders has spent 16 years as a U.S. representative and 13 years as a U.S. senator. Each candidate has a tight group of supporters, each differentiating from each other. For example, Biden has a much higher turnout of African American voters than former candidates, such as Pete Buttigieg . However, it is still unclear who will end up getting the majority of votes.

Some of the candidates that dropped out include Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, Mike Bloomberg, Andrew Yang and Elizabeth Warren. Each of these hopeful candidates managed to get support in the race, but they all dropped out and chose to endorse one of the two leads: Sanders or Biden. Rolling Stone states that, “At the beginning of the Democratic primary, there was a candidate for everyone, no matter how niche your personal politics were…This is no longer that race. You have two choices now. Every Democrat has to pick between two sides with diametrically opposed theories on how to beat Donald Trump in the general election—and what the next president should do if he somehow makes that happen.”

So far, there have been two primary caucuses. In Nevada, Bernie Sanders took a majority of the votes, followed closely by Biden and Buttigieg. In the Iowa caucus, Buttigieg became the unlikely winner. However, there has been some controversy surrounding the Iowa caucus, because a new app was being used to count the votes. There was a programming error that displayed the information incorrectly and jeopardized the entire primary. Now, California has observed “Super Tuesday,” a day when Californians, and many other states, send in their ballots for president. Bernie Sanders took a majority of the democratic votes from California. 

Kirk Moretti, a teacher at Hopkinson Elementary, has an idea of the kind of person our next president should be. He stated that, ¨We need honesty and integrity…those are two good traits for the president.¨  He also added, “I’d like to see the next president start putting investment in the country…preparing us for the next generation.”

Now, it is clear that democratic voters will likely choose between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, though it is still unclear who will be running against Donald Trump this November. For now, everyone 18 and older should be going to the polls and choosing the future that is best for the country.