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Super Tuesday leaves Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders with hundreds of delegates each, raising fears of a contested convention Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

The race for the Democratic Party 2020 presidential nomination has unofficially narrowed to two men – former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, after Super Tuesday left each with hundreds of delegates.

Source NYTimes as at 00:21 am on Wednesday

Joe Biden had the biggest surge on Tuesday, winning Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Texas. Bernie Sanders won his home state of Vermont, Colorado and the biggest state of California. Other states were still too close to call on Wednesday morning but Maine for instance was leaning toward Biden.

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With the number of delegates clinched by each candidate on Tuesday, many feared none would be able to easily get the 1991 delegates needed to win the nomination outright and this may lead to a contested convention later this year before the presidential election in November.

However, the story of the night was Joe Biden who came back from far behind to present himself as an alternative to Bernie Sanders who was seen as favorite in the past few months. Just days ago, Biden was not expected to win even a single state, but his victory in South Carolina and endorsements by other presidential candidates gave him the boost and the momentum he needed.

With several elections left and the party rallying behind Joe Biden, it appeared he may likely win the next few contests and become the Democratic Party 2020 presidential nominee.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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