A decisive primary win in South Carolina on Saturday has revitalized Joe Biden’s campaign, and some observers believe the former vice president is on the way to reclaiming his position as front runner for the Democratic Party nomination. However, one Fox News contributor has taken issue with that assessment.
During a Monday appearance on Fox & Friends, Dan Bongino asserted that the continued presence of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the race makes the rise of Bernie Sanders “unstoppable,” adding:
It’s pure math at this point. Bernie right now is ahead in California, which has its prize of over 400 delegates. This is obviously a math equation at this point.
In order to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination, a candidate must have the support of at least 1991 delegates by the time of the national convention this July.
Bloomberg as spoiler
Bongino argued that each of the Democratic contenders falls into one of three lanes — a radical lane, an establishment lane, and an outsider lane — and that Biden will suffer as long as Bloomberg is able to poach some of his votes from moderates.
“When you look at the safe pick, the establishment lane, the vote is split,” he said. “You’re going to have Bloomberg jump in the race on Super Tuesday and now you have Biden there.”
“Bernie doesn’t have that issue with the vote splitting that Biden and Bloomberg do,” Bongino suggested. While Elizabeth Warren has also run on an overtly left-wing platform, he doesn’t believe she will pose a formidable obstacle.
“He would’ve had it with Warren if she was putting on a formidable front, but she isn’t, so, again, it becomes simple fractions and simple math,” Bongino said regarding the possibility of vote splitting between Sanders and the Massachusetts senator.
Biden consolidating support
The Democratic field has begun to coalesce around Biden in recent days, as many believe that party elites are doing whatever is necessary to halt the ascent of Sanders to the top of the November ticket.
Billionaire Tom Steyer was the first to announce that he was suspending his campaign following Biden’s win in the Palmetto State, and that news was followed by former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s decision to drop out of the race shortly thereafter.
It remains to be seen whether this groundswell of recent support is enough to propel Biden’s campaign much further than was predicted just a few weeks ago.