(UnitedVoice.com) – Democratic voters in 14 states head to the polls on Tuesday and the outcome could determine how messy and personal the remainder of the primary gets.
Since former Vice President Joe Biden’s resounding win in South Carolina on Saturday, moderate candidates have started dropping out of the race and coalescing around him to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) socialist big government movement from taking over the Democratic party.
Before South Carolina, Sanders appeared to have firm control of the nomination. Now that the delegate count is extremely close between Biden and Sanders, the Democratic establishment appears ready to take on Sanders in a full, united front.
Where this goes – nobody knows for certain.
However, this much is certain… one-third of the delegates are up for grabs on Tuesday and it’s about to get interesting.
Moderates Circle Around Biden
On Sunday and Monday, moderate candidates Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) suspended their campaigns. On Monday night in Dallas, both candidates appeared on stage with Biden and announced their endorsements alongside former failed progressive presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
The urgency of the candidates to drop out and support Biden publicly demonstrates how concerned moderates and the establishment are about a Sanders nomination and the long-term implications that could have on the Democratic party.
Without consolidation of moderates, delegate counts would have likely split among them. This would allow Sanders to run so far ahead in the delegate count that it would be hard for a moderate to catch him.
There is also the issue of money. Individually, the moderate candidates can’t raise enough money to be competitive with Sanders’ huge fundraising advantage. However, one candidate can compete. From Saturday night through Monday, Biden’s campaign said it raised in excess of $10 million in 24 hours — the largest amount among any candidate in the 24 hours after the SC primary and more than he raised in all of January.
Speaking at a Biden rally on Monday, Buttigieg said he was looking for a president who could bring out the best in Americans. “We have found that leader,” he said of Biden.
During an evening rally, Klobuchar called for unity. She said if the party continued to divide itself for the next four months, “we will spend the next four years watching Donald Trump.”
Biden hopes to sweep the southern states much as he did in South Carolina where he won almost 50% of the vote.
What Happens to Bloomberg and Warren?
Compared to Sanders, both Biden and Bloomberg are moderates by comparison. Bloomberg has said no matter what happens on Tuesday there are still a lot of delegates to be earned. He stated emphatically in a Fox News town hall on Monday night he will not be dropping out and that it wouldn’t be fair to his supporters and voters if he did so.
Over the weekend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) all but admitted she will not get the necessary delegates to win the nomination. However, she also said that she didn’t believe any candidate would get the minimum number of delegates. Therefore, she is going to stay in and make a play for the nomination at the convention.
Sanders Remains Defiant
Sanders is considered the strongest candidate at this point in the race. California and Texas voters will have their say on Tuesday and they have the most delegates up for grabs.
Sanders has created an impressive grassroots campaign in both states. It’s intentional — Sanders believes if he wins California, he wins the nomination. Texas is the icing on the cake.
At a rally in February, Sanders said that he was in a fight to revolutionize politics in America. On Monday, he said he was taking on the establishment saying, “…no great surprise to me, that establishment politicians are not going to endorse us… that’s the simple reality.”
What’s the Simple Reality?
Moving forward, the Democratic primary is going to get messy and personal.
The question is — will Democrats remain a center-left party or will they move to the far-left once and for-all?
The simple reality is that the Democratic party risks a major division between the moderate establishment and the far-left wing activist base of the party. If they cannot reconcile their differences, it may not be able to recover in time for the general election. The potentially fractured party would go against a president who has a lot of cash on hand and isn’t beaten up in a brutal primary.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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