In the Super Tuesday Democratic primary on Tuesday, Joe Biden made a turnaround and won most of the states. In Biden’s speech on Tuesday night, he cheered, “We are very much alive!” His reinvigorated campaign is ready to take on whatever comes next.
Biden was able to win all these states despite not having the money to aggressively campaign in them. After candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race and endorsed him, many of the moderate Democratic votes that would have gone to them went to Biden.
Why the turnaround for Biden?
Interesting facts from the ABC News/Washington Post exit polls revealed that:
- Voters for whom healthcare was their most important issue favored Biden over Bernie Sanders 38 vs 30 percent.
- For voters against Medicare for All, Biden won by 49 percent vs Sanders’s 11 percent.
A February Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that many Democratic voters are motivated to vote for Biden simply based on electability of a Democrat and defeating President Trump. Even though many voters may support single payer healthcare, they still want to vote for Biden based on his chance of being elected.
Biden’s healthcare plan
So what does Biden plan to do as far as healthcare? Biden’s healthcare plan centers on the idea of creating a Medicare-like public option that would be available to those who need it. He is not advocating for full-on single payer healthcare as Bernie Sanders is. Under Biden’s plan people would be able to keep their private insurance plan they have if they choose to.
Biden aims to lower healthcare costs by negotiating prices with hospitals and doctors. He wants to build on Obamacare, which was passed 10 years ago this month while he was Vice President, and make it stronger for the future.
Biden also plans to lower drug costs by limiting launch prices on drugs with no competition and increasing the amount of quality generic options on the market.
Which candidate won which states?
Biden won the following states in the Super Tuesday primary on March 3:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Bernie Sanders won the following states:
- New Hampshire
- California (pending all votes coming in)
Biden now has 566 total delegates, while Sanders has 501. The results from California are still coming in, but Sanders has most likely won that state.
The next steps
Next Tuesday there will be another primary in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington State. Then on March 17 Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio will vote. On March 24, residents of Georgia will vote.
The race is still relatively close for Sanders and Biden, and could possibly lead to a contested convention. Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 campaign season and the candidates.