The fate of several upcoming primary elections remains in the balance as the threat of coronavirus persists. Nevertheless, with certain states having already cast their votes, 2020 Democrat Joe Biden remains as the candidate with the most delegates, followed by Bernie Sanders and then Tulsi Gabbard.
During last Tuesday’s series of primary elections, Biden was announced as the winner of at least four out of six states. Per reports from Fox News, that number has increased to five out of six with the former vice president declared as the victor of Washington’s primary election.
The announcement that Biden beat Sanders and Gabbard in Washington comes after his recent primary debate with Sanders. Whether or not the former vice president wins in other states remains to be seen. While certain states are going ahead with their primary elections despite COVID-19, others are postponing their dates to halt the spread of the virus.
A Closer Look at Biden’s Victory in Washington’s Primary
The announcement of Biden’s Washington victory comes roughly a week after the election itself. One factor in the massive delay is the fact that primary voting in Washington takes place by mail. This, in and of itself, inevitably extends the amount of time needed to count all votes and go through the necessary channels.
Needless to say, the former vice president’s victory in Washington comes as a significant body blow to Sanders. The socialist candidate truly wished to win in this state; in 2016, Sanders managed to emerge as the victor in Washington’s primary election. As we all know, however, his success in the state didn’t stop Hillary Clinton from getting a massive amount of superdelegates and securing the Democrat nomination.
Now, with Sanders being even worse off in the primaries than he was four years ago, Biden’s obtainment of the Democrat Party’s nomination is all but certain.
Upcoming Primary Elections
Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, Florida, Ohio, Arizona, and Illinois are still hosting their primary elections, as things currently stand. While Biden is expected to further expand his delegate lead over Sanders and Gabbard, the latter pair are hoping to increase their delegate count and lessen the existing gap between themselves and Biden.
Although Tulsi Gabbard remains in the race and has made no mention of dropping out, the same doesn’t apply to Sanders. As a matter of fact, the Vermont senator previously stated that he will end his campaign if Biden arrives at the convention with more delegates than him. During Sunday night’s debate, Sanders also vowed to rally behind Biden and campaign for him, if the former vice president wins the Democrat Party’s nomination.
What do you think about Joe Biden winning in Washington state? Do you believe he’ll increase his wins and delegate counts during tonight’s primary elections? Share your predictions and thoughts with us in the comments section below!