Democratic primary elections taking shape

With 65 delegates given out so far, this primary season, Pete Buttigieg leads with a strong early performance in Iowa and New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders is right on his heels with a victory in New Hampshire. Notable underperformances by Joe Biden in these first two contests, he has fallen to fifth in delegates with only six.

This is early, however, with 3914 delegates left to be won, these candidates must reach 1,991 to take the nomination. With five candidates achieving a mark of six delegates already this early in the states voting, no one has been able to separate themselves yet. 

However, with Nevada and South Carolina coming up here quickly, doing well in these states will help make a case to the rest of the country before Super Tuesday on March 3rd

According to The Hill, “a poll conducted by WPA intelligence for the Las Vegas Review Journal and AARP Nevada, shoed 25 percent of likely caucusgoers supporting Sanders, followed by former vice president Joe Biden at 18 percent. Elizabeth Warren placed third at 13 percent, and she was trailed by Tom Steyer at 11 percent. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg tied at 10 percent each.”

Pete had momentum from outperforming in the first two contests going into the third state, however if these polls hold in Nevada, he could lose out on any and all delegates. In Nevada, a candidate must reach 15 percent to receive any delegates. 

We have seen candidates cut their campaigns short, including Freedom Dividend supporter Andrew Yang at the conclusion of the New Hampshire primary. With a sixth-place finish in Iowa, and an eighth place finish in New Hampshire, Yang found it difficult to gain traction among such a crowded race.

It still makes voters wonder, if after these next two states more candidates drop out to save face before Super Tuesday?

South Carolina is a different story, however, as according to The Hill and an East Carolina University poll “the former Vice President Joe Biden gets the support of 28 percent of likely South Carolina voters, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders with 20 percent and businessman Tom Steyer with 14 percent. No other candidate breaks double digits in the poll ahead of the Feb. 29 primary.”

Bernie looks to finish in the top two in every state before Super Tuesday if these polls hold strong. Missouri voters and young college students will have plenty of time to make up their mind about which candidate represents their values and who they will support. Missouri’s primary doesn’t commence until March 10th, one of the many states that will be voting on the second super Tuesday.