Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Tennessee Democratic primary adding yet another southern state win to Biden’s Super Tuesday column, NBC projects.
Biden has now captured a first-place finish in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Oklahoma sweeping the southern state contests with big margins where fellow 2020 rivals invested heavily.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the other hand, is projected to only win Colorado and his home state of Vermont at this point raising anxieties among Sanders supporters about the Vermont senator’s ability to emerge triumphant in the Super Tuesday contests.
Biden’s blow-out wins will no doubt propel Biden’s efforts to reclaim his frontrunner status in the race after having lost it to Sanders while underperforming even low expectations in the first three states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada while Sanders built seemingly unstoppable momentum.
The New England senator’s momentum however, appears it may be stopped after all as Biden swung into Super Tuesday with a game-changing 28-point win in South Carolina to breathe new life into the former vice president’s sinking campaign.
Biden’s resurgence has also come as a shock to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign, which built on the message that Biden’s weak candidacy would lose the Democratic Party to a self-identifying socialist and leave the country to re-elect President Donald Trump. According to the initial results of the Super Tuesday primaries so far, Bloomberg’s nearly half a billion spent appears to have given the New York billionaire little results. Bloomberg lost to Biden, who didn’t break half a million in ads spent in Virginia and North Carolina where Bloomberg invested heavily. Biden didn’t even visit Tennessee while Bloomberg spent $6.3 million in the Volunteer State.
Now Biden will receive the plurality of Tennessee’s 64 delegates to land the race’s initial frontrunner one step closer to the 1,991 of the 3,979 delegate required to clinch the Democratic nomination. More than a third of the total delegates in the contest will be decided in Super Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses.