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 BidenBiden campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation 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 SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities 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 BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE out of the race, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCOVID-19 workplace complaints surge; unions rip administration Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick 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. IsraelThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump ramps up attacks against Twitter The Hill's Coronavirus Report: National Portrait Gallery's Kim Sajet says this era rewiring people's relationship with culture, art; Trump's war with Twitter heats up The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve 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 BullockThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues Bullock outraises Daines 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 LoefflerGOP women's group rolls out endorsements ahead of contested races Senators ask DeVos to adjust FAFSA form due to the coronavirus pandemic Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report MORE (R-Ga.) is set to get a big boost from one of the Republican Party's most prominent members. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe truth behind Biden's 'you ain't black' gaffe A glimpse of our post-pandemic politics The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Will new therapy drug be a COVID-19 game changer? 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 CollinsGOP women's group rolls out endorsements ahead of contested races Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama 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 IsaksonJustice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (R-Ga.).

 

Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory Sessions goes after Tuberville's coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 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 TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America 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 TillisOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits Tillis campaign releases first general election TV ad emphasizing 'humble' roots 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 SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden seeks to tamp down controversy over remarks about black support African American figures slam Biden on 'you ain't black' comments Biden regrets remarks about black support: 'I shouldn't have been such a wise guy' 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!