The Democratic Party nomination for president is now a two-man race. On Wednesday afternoon, March 4, with 100 percent of the votes counted in Maine, former Vice President Joe Biden added Maine to his now ten-state Super Tuesday sweep. He took 34.1 percent of the vote, netting 11 delegates, with Senator Bernie Sanders a close second at 32.9 percent and nine delegates.
With that win in place, the actual ballot count continues in California, with Sanders already projected as the winner. Sanders won four states in Super Tuesday voting: his home state of Vermont, Colorado, Utah and California.
Biden won primaries in ten states on Super Tuesday; Alabama, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
A candidate needs to win a simple majority of at least 1,191 total delegates to earn the Democratic nomination. At this point, Biden leads in the delegate count; 566 delegates to Sanders’ 501 delegates.
The situation sets up an interesting dilemma. Michael Bloomberg (who Wednesday morning dropped out of race and threw his support to Biden) has collected 48 delegates.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out early Thursday morning after a discussion with her staff to “assess her direction,” hasn’t directly won any state primary, but has collected 61 delegates. If she throws her support to Sanders, this could set up a close delegate struggle that could go all the way to the Democratic Party Convention in Milwaukee in August.
But the country and the Democratic party are a long way away from August.
The next set of states holding primaries on March 10 have the prospect of 352 total delegates. Those states with primaries this Tuesday include Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington. The biggest prize of that day; Michigan with 125 delegates.