Super Tuesday has come and gone, and there’s still plenty to unpack about how it will reshape the 2020 presidential race for the Democratic Party.
Biden took Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia. States like Maine and Texas were leaning toward Biden late in the night, according to The New York Times.
Sanders snagged Colorado, Utah, Vermont and California.
The night had a lot of moments that we’ve outlined below. More takeaways will pop up in the coming hours. But these should give you an idea of how Super Tuesday was a perfect TV drama for political junkies.
Joe Biden made a huge comeback.
- It’s no question that pundits and media critics considered Biden’s campaign to be dead in the water after such a long campaign without much momentum. But it seems Biden has found his footing and has started making a comeback. He racked up a number of states Tuesday night, showing that his win in South Carolina wasn’t a fluke. It was the classic case of a warrior rallying in the final moments. Now, the question will be how far he can take his run.
There was quite a twist in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts seemed like it would lean in the progressive lane. After all, Sanders hails from nearby Vermont and Warren is one of the state’s senators. But it was Biden who earned the victory, upsetting the established order within the state. Quite a flex for Biden to take the state, making a statement about how far his reach can go.
Oh my, the drama in Texas.
- Texas was one of the more dramatic areas of the night. Late into Tuesday and early into Wednesday, Texas bounced back and forth between Sanders and Biden. One moment Sanders led, the next moment Biden led. And, at one point, they were even tied. No slowing down for the two candidates.
Tulsi Gabbard made a late-season comeback.
- Gabbard is like a television show character who disappeared, hung around in the background and has now made another appearance in the spotlight. She earned one delegate in American Samoa, which might earn her a spot in the next Democratic debate (though it’s unclear whether or not that will happen, according to The Washington Examiner). It might sound surprising to think Gabbard could make a comeback. But that was as good as a showing as she could hope for given her low polling numbers.