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The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden riding wave of momentum after stunning Super Tuesday

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden riding wave of momentum after stunning Super Tuesday
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We're Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here's what we're watching today on the campaign trail. 

 

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LEADING THE DAY:

JOEMENTUM: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE is feeling the momentum today after a slew of wins on Super Tuesday. Biden won at least nine of the 14 states up for grabs and currently leads the delegate race with 513 delegates. Biden scored big in the South, following his huge win in South Carolina on Saturday. Virginia and North Carolina were called for Biden within minutes of the polls closing in those states. He also racked up big wins in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. He even eked out a win in Texas, where progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (I-Vt.) was leading in the polls. Biden's support among the African American community was what, in large part, put him over the top in the south. This all started with the endorsement of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) last week. "On the day after the Saturday vote, I went to North Carolina," Clyburn told me last night. "I heard from people in Goldsboro, [and] people in Fayetteville [who said], your endorsement was exactly what we were waiting for." 

 

While he continues to trail Biden in the delegate count, Sanders did win the biggest prize of the evening, California, along with Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont. However, the progressive senator still trails the former vice president, carrying 461 delegates. Sanders showed no sign of letting up in the wake of the Super Tuesday results, telling reporters in Burlington on Wednesday that he and Biden will be going forward "neck-and-neck." With former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls What a Biden administration should look like MORE out of the race, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat a Biden administration should look like Overnight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls MORE's (D-Mass.) poor showing on Super Tuesday, Sanders assessment of the race appears to be correct. 

 

The new dynamics in the race, which developed rapidly over the course of 72 hours, further solidify the moderate-progressive divide within the Democratic Party. Sanders and Biden will turn their sights to the March 10 presidential primaries in Michigan, Idaho, Washington, Mississippi, Missouri and North Dakota. Sanders already hit Biden over his record on what he called "disastrous trade agreements" on Wednesday, as he focuses more on the Midwest. However, cracks could already be emerging for Sanders in the Midwest, especially in Michigan, which he won in 2016. A Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll released Tuesday shows Biden leading Sanders by nearly seven points in the state. 

--Julia Manchester 

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READ MORE: 

The Hill's Jonathan Easley: Five takeaways from Super Tuesday.

The Hill's Jonathan Easley: Biden seeks to capitalize on Super Tuesday surprise

The Hill's Niall Stanage: Winners and losers.

The Hill's Max Greenwood: Democratic turnout surges.

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

Bloomberg dropped out of the 2020 race on Wednesday after a disappointing performance on Super Tuesday despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars in advertisements. Bloomberg threw his support behind Biden, giving the former vice president endorsements from four former rivals over the past few days.

 

Warren, meanwhile, is reassessing her campaign after a poor showing on Super Tuesday, underscored by a third place finish in her home state.

 

PERSPECTIVES: 

Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. IsraelBiden's debate strategy is to let Trump be Trump A tearful lesson of 2016: Polls don't matter if people don't vote The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' MORE: How Joe Biden won Super Tuesday

Max Friedman: How the Democratic candidates should talk to voters about Cuba

Jim Newell: Democrats fall in line

Jeet Heer: Biden's electability problem

Ezra Klein: Sanders can't lead Democrats if he treats them like the enemy

 

FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES:

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockInterior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats Democrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll Poll shows statistical tie in Montana Senate race MORE (D) is expected to launch a bid for Senate in his home state, reversing course after months of insisting that he would not do so, The Hill's Reid Wilson reports. His candidacy would give Democrats a top recruit for a seat that could add to their prospects of recapturing control of the Senate in November. Democrats are largely playing offense this year, bullish about their chances of flipping seats in Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina and Maine. But they are also bracing for a potential loss in Alabama, making them all the more eager to bring Montana into play.

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Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's big battleground | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Turnout surges among new voters Biden takes 5-point lead over Trump in Georgia in new poll Biden pushes into Trump territory MORE (R-Ga.) is set to get a big boost from one of the Republican Party's most prominent members. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' 'The soul' versus 'law and order' Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' MORE, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, is expected to endorse Loeffler in her special election battle against Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's big battleground | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Turnout surges among new voters Biden takes 5-point lead over Trump in Georgia in new poll House Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation MORE (R-Ga.), The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke reports. Haley teased the endorsement in a video message posted on Twitter on Wednesday. "Hi Georgia friends, it's Nikki Haley and I am coming to Atlanta on Monday with a super exciting announcement. I hope you'll stay tuned -- I look forward to seeing you soon," she said. The endorsement would be a big get for Loeffler, who was appointed in December to fill the seat of retired Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's big battleground | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Turnout surges among new voters Biden takes 5-point lead over Trump in Georgia in new poll QAnon-promoter Marjorie Taylor Greene endorses Kelly Loeffler in Georgia Senate bid MORE (R-Ga.).

 

Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP former US attorneys back Biden, say Trump 'threat to rule of law' Biden fact checks Trump on 545 families separated at border, calls policy 'criminal' Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears MORE is heading to a runoff in his bid to recapture his old Senate seat in Alabama, The Hill's Jordain Carney reports. Sessions, who left the Senate in 2017 to run President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE's Justice Department, will face former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in the March 31 runoff, after neither candidate was able to win the 50 percent of the vote needed on Tuesday to clinch the Republican Senate nomination. The eventual winner will face off against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in the November general election. 

 

Cal Cunningham will take on Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights Pence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate Nearly 47 percent of all North Carolina registered voters have already cast their ballots MORE (R-N.C.) in North Carolina's Senate race in November after he bested three rivals in a Democratic primary contest on Tuesday, Jordain reports. Cunningham, a former state senator, was the favorite to win heading into the primary, having won the backing of national Democrats, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Meanwhile, Tillis easily scored the GOP nomination after facing only nominal opposition within his own party. The Senate race in North Carolina is expected to be among the most competitive of 2020.

 

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POLL WATCH:

WDIV/DETROIT NEWS – MICHIGAN

Biden: 29.2 percent

Sanders: 22.5 percent

Bloomberg: 10.5 percent

Warren: 6.7 percent

Buttigieg: 5.8 percent

Klobuchar: 2.7 percent

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

March 10:

-Idaho primaries

-Michigan primaries

-Mississippi primaries

-Missouri primaries

-North Dakota Democratic caucuses

-Washington State primaries

 

March 15:

-Eleventh Democratic presidential primary debate

 

March 17:

-Arizona Democratic primary

-Florida primaries

-Illinois primaries

-Ohio primaries

 

March 24:

-Georgia primaries

 

March 29:

Puerto Rico Democratic primary

 

ONE FUN THING:

THE BODYGUARDS: Jill Biden and the former vice president's senior adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersBooker calls Pence 'a formidable debater' ahead of VP debate Biden will participate in next debate with 'necessary' safety precautions, campaign aide says Biden adviser: 'We are not concerned, because we are being safe' MORE stole the show at Biden's Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles last night when they both intercepted an anti-dairy protester on stage. 

The moment, which nearly broke the internet, started when Biden turned around to notice the protester yelling "Let dairy die" from the crowd of supporters behind the podium, Jill Biden went into action, blocking her husband from the protester. 

Then Sanders leapt into the fray, pulling the protester off the stage. 

 

 

Sanders later quipped on Twitter that she broke a nail protecting her boss. 

 

 

It's safe to say that Biden can rely on his wife and adviser in these types of situations on stage going forward in the campaign. 

We'll see you tomorrow with the latest news from the campaign trail!