Former vice president Joe Biden finally won a state primary a week ago Saturday. It was not merely a victory for him. It was a Biden blowout. When the South Carolina Primary results were certified, he had won with 48 percent of the total votes cast.
Democratic presidential candidate primary frontrunner Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got only about 20 percent. Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg barely got 8 percent. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 7 percent, and Amy Klobuchar, 3 percent.
Biden’s lopsided win in South Carolina helped transform him into what I’ve characterized as the “Comeback Curmudgeon” on Super Tuesday. By late Tuesday night, Biden had swept nine states across the South and beyond with wins in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas, as well as Minnesota and Massachusetts, where Elizabeth Warren faded fast in her home state. I’m glad she realized it was time to desist with delusions, drop out and spend more time with her husband and dog.
Biden’s stunning Super Tuesday performance, especially in Texas, was propelled by Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer dropping out of the race and strongly endorsing Biden for the Democratic nomination for president. All three vowed to campaign for Biden going forward.
They were joined in Texas by erstwhile presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who also endorsed Biden and campaigned for him across the state.
Meanwhile, Sanders won in California, Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg ended his quixotic presidential campaign and endorsed Joe Biden for president. After spending some $500 million of his own money, he managed only a single victory, in American Samoa.
“I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden,” Bloomberg said in his press release.
Given Bloomberg’s billions and his propensity to put his money where his mouth is, his endorsement of Biden is another huge boost to the Comeback Curmudgeon’s campaign. Now, at least Mike can help “get it done” for Biden.
With these latest developments, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will battle for what promises to be an interesting race for the Democratic nomination.
Retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.