Super Tuesday sets up MO to make a difference

On March 3, 2020, 14 states took to the polls to cast their vote for the democratic nomination. After the South Carolina Primary, a huge victory for Joe Biden, two of the more prominent Centrists candidates decided to end their campaign for the presidency. 

Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar called it a day within 24 hours of one another, in the end, deciding to throw their support behind Biden. 

Biden took the popular vote lead into Super Tuesday and banked on the support from Southern states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, all of which Biden won on convincingly.

Bernie Sanders, however, took victory early on in his home state Vermont, collecting just under 60 percent of the vote. In recent polls, Bernie had been doing well in the northeast states as well as on the West Coast, states that included California, Texas and Utah. 

However, Biden stole Minnesota with a rather convincing win, and slightly took Texas as Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren struggled to find their footing at all. 

Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, hadn’t finished in the top three in any of the early states leading up to the Super Tuesday. That would change, in a rather unconvincing showing, Warren would get that first third place finish in her own state. 

With most results showing a clear winner before 12 Eastern time, Warren would send out a message to her supporters through email, saying “there are six more primaries just one week away, and we need your help to keep up the momentum.”

While Warren looks to stay in despite an underperforming day, many reports offered insight into Bloomberg and the possibility that he would reassess his campaign on Wednesday, March 4. 

As Super Tuesday came to a close, Joe Biden claimed victory in 10 states with Bernie only taking home four. Tulsi Gabbard picked up two delegates, which under the debate rules would allow her back on the March debate stage after missing the last couple. 

Here in Missouri, voters will have a chance to be heard on March 10 in which six states will take to the polls to cast their votes. 

The latest poll from and Americana Analytics showed that the Missouri Primary had Biden leading at 22 percent, Bloomberg at 17 percent, and Sanders third at 11 percent. 

With Pete out of the race now and Bloomberg mulling a possible exit, that leaves 28 percent of this poll up for grabs. 

“I think Biden is more conservative ideologically then Sanders. I think Biden represents a more moderate center left candidate which appeals to a more moderate to slightly conservative electorate in Missouri,” said Dr. William Delehanty, political science professor at Southern.

Back in 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state with 312,285 votes over Sanders who came in with 310,711 votes. With the entire field dwindling, Bernie at 11 percent doesn’t seem likely to hold this low, as he has a track record in Missouri to mobilize his base. 

No matter who you like, March 10is an opportunity to vote for past politics or to change politics or to vote for what you want your elected officials to be pushing toward. 

Turnout is hit and miss among college students, but students have much to offer and should go vote this Tuesday.