Super Tuesday results

Joe Biden leads in delegates

Lisa Fitch | Editor-in-chief | 3/6/2020, midnight
Californians were able to cast their election votes earlier than...

Californians were able to cast their election votes earlier than usual, joining in with 13 other states and American Samoa for “Super Tuesday” on March 3.

It was a super day especially for Joe Biden, who on Monday, gained endorsements from three democrats who dropped out of the race. At press time, Biden was declared the victor in nine Super Tuesday states; Sanders had four; and although Bloomberg won American Samoa along with some delegates from other states, on Wednesday morning he decided to end his campaign.

There were 415 delegates at stake in California. At this writing, state democrats voted their preference for Bernie Sanders, who gained 38.20 percent of the votes. Biden came away with 27.04 percent. Elizabeth Warren drew 12.12 percent of Tuesday’s democratic votes and dropped out of the race Thursday morning.

Biden the ‘comeback kid’

“I’m here to report we are very much alive,” Biden said at a Tuesday night rally held in Baldwin Hills. “Make no mistake about it, this campaign will send Donald Trump packing. This campaign is taking off.”

Sanders has not conceded, though, and spoke in Vermont on Tuesday.

“Tonight I tell you with absolute confidence we are gonna win the Democratic nomination and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders said.

Dr. Manuel Pastor, a professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, watched the campaigns closely. His research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities and the social movements seeking to change those realities.

“While ‘Super Tuesday’ breathed renewed life into Biden’s campaign, California continued to be a state of resistance,” Pastor said. “The endorsements mattered and I think the South Carolina victory for Biden made it clearer that he has the ability to make inroads to the southern part of the Black vote.”

Pastor believes that if Biden ultimately wins the nomination, there may be less financial giving from the pro-Sanders, progressive Californians toward November’s election, even though the Trump presidency is seen as a crisis.

“We have a president who is refusing to deal with police brutality,” Pastor said. “He doesn’t talk about White supremacy. His tactics and politics on immigration make him an existential threat to Latinos.”

Pastor believes that California will play a huge role as both campaigns move toward the convention.

“I think in California, Sanders won, not handily but impressively,” the professor said. “As America’s most populated state, the continuing divergence between what Californians desire and what the rest of America votes for is both striking and worrisome.”

25th Congressional District

In the race for California's 25th Congressional District, Democrat Christy Smith and Republican Mike Garcia will square off in a May 12 special election runoff to fill out the remainder of Rep. Katie Hill's term. The two will meet again in a November runoff for the right to fill the seat for the next two years.

Smith and Garcia finished one-two in Tuesday's special election to fill out Hill's term, with Republican Steve Knight, who lost the seat to Hill, finishing third.