He may be the darling and the great hope of far leftists and millennials, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has virtually no path to the White House after losing another string of primaries to former VP Joe Biden earlier this week.
As the nation copes with financial and health challenges because of COVID-19, Sanders has begun to fall further behind — and he’s getting angry about it. Sanders has snapped at several news reporters, and is said to be considering dropping his campaign efforts. In recent days, the Sanders campaign has already stopped expensive Facebook and social media advertising, as the senator continues to fall behind.
Last week, Biden dominated the primaries that were held in several key states, leaving the once-favored Sanders behind.
Despite some missteps on the campaign trail (including stating he was running for Senate and calling a young woman a “lying dog-faced pony soldier”), Biden began a hot winning streak when he powered to victory in South Carolina.
Next, on Super Tuesday, Biden edged out Sanders, the only other clear front runner, in Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and six other states. For many, the choice was clear, Biden is a far more moderate candidate than Sanders with more realistic goals and views.
Biden captured moderate and African American voters, while Sanders continued to receive support from his key demographics – extreme liberals and young adults. Biden has received some other boosts to his campaign as well. Last week, Michael Bloomberg, who out-spent every candidate on the roster, endorsed him. Bloomberg is also a moderate.
As the most recent returns came in, it was clear that between them Sanders and Biden were the front runners, edging out Bloomberg and the only remaining female candidate, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Both Sanders and Biden were well positioned going into the most recent group of primaries, but Biden emerged the clear winner, even claiming Warren’s home state of Massachusetts.
The unexpected landslide victory in South Carolina came after a disappointing start for Biden, who faltered in the first primaries. His strong showing in the South was echoed in the midwest, and Biden won states he did not even personally attend events in, including Warren’s Massachusetts. The victories also came in the light of heavy spending by the Sanders campaign, which aggressively advertised in the northeast.
In light of Bidens sweeping victories, speculation has begun forming around the Sanders campaign, particularly after the team suspended social media advertising on Facebook and other outlets. Sanders snapped at a reporter this week when the journalist asked if he would be withdrawing from the race, stating that he was dealing with a nationwide crisis — referring to the COVID-19 outbreak.
There is no official word from the Sanders team yet, but as Biden continues to take an impressive lead, the Vermont senator’s chances become more and more slim.