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Clyburn: DNC should shut down primaries, debates if Biden sweeps states

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) should step in to end the primary process if former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE sweeps the six states holding primaries and caucuses Tuesday night.

Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat and a prominent Biden backer, said on NPR that the DNC should cancel the remaining contests and debates if it becomes clear that the former vice president has an insurmountable delegate lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.). 

“I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and, quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down, it is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates — because you don’t do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when it’s obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you,” Clyburn said.

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Clyburn maintained that Biden will be the “prohibitive nominee” and warned that a prolonged primary battle against Sanders could bring up attacks that could hurt the former vice president in the general election against President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE

“People will say things that you cannot overcome,” Clyburn warned.

The South Carolina Democrat is one of Biden’s central backers. Clyburn’s endorsement ahead of the Palmetto State’s primary last month is widely credited with helping revive Biden’s campaign, which had been left for dead after lackluster performances in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

The former vice president has since posted a decisive win in South Carolina, victories in 10 of 14 Super Tuesday states, and wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri so far Tuesday night.