Democratic presidential primary update
The first primary election in the nation- the Iowa caucus- ended in disaster for the Democratic Party. The results showed Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg in the lead at 26.2% with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders directly behind him at 26.1%. However, confusion reigned the night of the caucus as a new app for recording results developed by the Democratic National Committee failed to streamline reporting and phone lines backed up.
The results were not reported from every precinct for days following the caucus, and multiple errors were pointed out among the official counts. As a result, Sanders and others called for a recanvassing of results. Currently, the results show Buttigieg with 13 delegates and Sanders with 12, although one Iowa delegate has yet to allocated.
New Hampshire holds a semi-open primary, meaning that voters who are not affiliated with a party are able to vote in either party’s primary, but voters who are registered with a party must vote in their party’s primary.
This year’s primary results showed Sanders in the lead at 25.6% and Buttigieg trailing with 23.4%. New Hampshire has a total of 24 delegates. Sanders and Buttigieg each won nine, Amy Klobuchar won 6 delegates, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Biden received zero.
Nevada holds a closed caucus, meaning only party members may participate. The state allocates 48 delegates, with 36 being pledged delegates who are allocated based on caucus results. Prior to official voting in Nevada, the ninth official debate among the candidates was held on February 19.
In the 2020 caucus, Sanders won by a wide margin of 40.5%, winning 24 delegates. Biden trailed Sanders from afar with nine delegates.
South Carolina is the fourth state to hold primary elections. The state holds an open primary in which all registered voters may place a ballot for a candidate, but party members must vote along party lines. The state awards 63 delegates, 54 of which are pledged delegates.
Final counts in South Carolina showed a major surge in support for Biden, who won 48.5% of the vote with 39 delegates, and placed first in every county in the state. Behind was Sanders, with 19.8% of the vote. Following this primary and before the essential Super Tuesday elections held across the country, candidates Buttigieg and Klobuchar suspended their presidential campaigns. Both Klobuchar and Buttigieg, who had gained wide followings, endorsed Biden for president.
Super Tuesday, taking place on March 3, is the name for the election day in which the greatest number of states hold primary elections. Fourteen states, with a total of 1357 delegates, voted on Super Tuesday holding 34.1% of the nation’s vote.
The results of the Super Tuesday elections showed a comeback for Biden, who won in Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Sanders, the previous front runner, won Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont. The votes in California are not fully accounted for yet. Bloomberg also suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden after the results of Tuesday’s elections.