Democrats went to the polls again on Tuesday, with primary elections taking place in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. Ohio was also scheduled to hold its primary contest, but voting was put on hold due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Former Vice President Joe Biden cruised to victory in all three states, carrying Florida by an almost 40-point margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The results had President Donald Trump making dire predictions about the self-described socialist’s political future, according to The Hill.
“The DNC will have gotten their fondest wish and defeated Bernie Sanders, far ahead of schedule,” Trump declared in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
“Now they are doing everything possible to be nice to him in order to keep his supporters,” the president went on. “Bernie has given up, just like he did last time. He will be dropping out soon!.”
Sanders suspends Facebook ads
Axios has reported that the Sanders campaign has suspended its Facebook advertising campaign in the wake of the disappointing primary outcomes. However, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir insists that the Vermont senator is still in the race.
“The next primary contest is three weeks away,” The Hill quoted Shakir as saying. “Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with his supporters to assess his campaign.”
Shakir went on: “In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.”
Many observers had long ago written off Biden’s chances of success in securing his party’s nomination, but all that changed after the former vice president scored a crushing win in the South Carolina primary late last month, as NPR reported.
Reversal of fortune
That win was followed by impressive gains on Super Tuesday, a wave of victories that prompted former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to drop out of the race and endorse Biden.
Meanwhile, Trump isn’t the only one to suggest that the Democratic National Committee is “doing everything possible” to sabotage Sanders’ campaign; it is a charge that has frequently been leveled by his fervent supporters on the party’s progressive wing. The suspicions have also led to the development of a #NeverBiden movement, according to Politico.
“The rationale for us is that our votes need to be earned and that we’ve been taken for granted, and the party never moves to us,” left-wing activist Alyson Metzger told the website.