RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It only took one night for former Vice President Joe Biden to go from a campaign with little money and little chance to being the frontrunner. On March 3, Biden swept 11-of-14 states. It looks like a repeat may be in order Tuesday.
Michigan and its 125 delegates are the top prizes. Sen. Bernie Sanders shouldn’t be counted out, though. He won Michigan in 2016 despite polls showing Hillary Clinton having a double-digit lead.
Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington are also up for grabs.
“If, somehow, Biden carries all six of these states, it becomes pretty hard for Bernie to justify his continued participation in the primary,” said Dr. Caleb Husmann. He is a political scientist at William Peace University in Raleigh.
He said for Sanders — with a chance of winning or not — it’s also about continuing his agenda.
“I think he came into this campaign with a real shot at winning and believing he had a real shot at winning. But, part of him is really about moving the party further left, and the longer he’s around, the more he can do that,” Hussman said. “With only two people on the debate stage, he can really do that.”
Husmann also said that, as a registered independent, Sanders has less allegiance to the Democratic party. He might not feel the same pressure as others have to drop out if he doesn’t perform well next week.
“And honestly, I think that’s part of his appeal for a large portion of his supporters. And so, they’re unphased by the fact he’s hurting the establishment. In fact, I think that’s what makes him so sincere and genuine. Love Bernie or hate Bernie, he’s sincere in his beliefs,” Hussman said.
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