Bernie Sanders will stay in the 2020 race, even as pro-Biden group declares victory

Bloomberg Washington | Updated on March 12, 2020

A file photo of US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders   -  REUTERS

Sanders is likely to lose the Latino vote in Florida to Biden, finds poll

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has said that he will stay in the Democratic primary at least through Sunday’s debates with Joe Biden.

However, a pro-Joe Biden super PAC has declared the Democratic primary essentially was over after Tuesday’s primaries. In a memo to supporters released on Wednesday, ‘Unite the Country’ announced that it had secured tens of millions of dollars in donations and commitments since the former vice president won South Carolina, and started racking up wins in primaries across the country.


“Last nights results made one thing clear: the functional primary phase of this election is over,” the memo said. “With last nights wins, and states like Florida, Illinois, and Ohio that will vote on March 17th, Joe Bidens delegate lead over Bernie Sanders will be equal to, and possibly even higher than, Hillary Clintons at the same stage of the election.”

The group said it has raised nearly $10 million in the past 10 days and had three times that much committed. It said it would keep working to ensure that Biden accrues a majority of all pledged delegates to the nominating convention.

Sanders in the backfoot


, Bernie Sanders’ brand of democratic socialism is hurting him among Florida Latinos, who favour Joe Biden in the March 17 primary by double digits in a recent poll. But even if Sanders were to win the nomination, he might lose these voters to Donald Trump, according to a Telemundo survey conducted by Mason-Dixon.

In the poll, 48 per cent of Latinos in Florida backed Biden, while only 37 per cent supported Sanders in the primary. In a Trump-Sanders contest, 45 per cent said they would vote for Trump and 44 per cent said they would back Sanders. By comparison, in a Trump-Biden contest, 58 per cent said they would back Biden, and 38 per cent said they would vote for Trump.

The survey of 1,250 Hispanic likely voters in Florida and Arizona was conducted March 4-7. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Sanders has done well among Latino voters in other states, but Florida immigrants who fled Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba tend to view socialism negatively, according to Democratic analysts there.

Guam will hold a convention on March 14, Northern Mariana will hold a caucus on March 14-15. Democratic candidates debate again on March 15 in Phoenix. Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio will hold primaries on March 17.

Published on March 12, 2020

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