The Coronavirus Primary (Mini Super Tuesday #2)


Leonard Blachly-Preston, Staff Writer

Joe Biden will be the nominee for president.

After the results of the Arizona, Florida and Illinois primaries, it seems increasingly clear that the Democratic nominee for the 2020 bid for president of the United States of America will be former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. He has captured the votes of 1,180 delegates, compared to his rival democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’s 885 delegate votes so far.

All of the states who voted have a very large population, meaning they have a lot of delegates, so the bigger the win in these three states, the better it is for the politician’s campaign. Joe Biden won all of them, and his bid to be the Democrat who goes against Trump has risen from ashes in the first four primaries to becoming the most successful of his three bids for president.

Unfortunately, there is a pandemic that is sweeping the globe, that no single person knows how to deal with, and no one has ever seen before. Some people have been saying that this evolving global pandemic may strengthen the world as a community because we will have gone through so much together, and perhaps in times of need, people may put their political differences aside and help others who are in need. The coronavirus has discouraged a lot of people from voting, and that may be why Sanders lost. 

During one of the last Democratic debates, Sanders said, “If we’re going to beat Donald Trump, we’re going to need the biggest voter turnout in the history of the United States.” What he got was the exact opposite. Many Sanders supporters stayed home and did not vote, due to fears over the coronavirus.

The results in Florida, the most delegate-rich state, with 219 delegate votes available for either of the candidates to take the vote of. Sadly, Florida’s delegates did not always stick to what their people’s popular vote decided, because Joe Biden shockingly won every single county in Florida, but Sanders still has many pledged delegates, so some delegates went against the tide.

The results in Florida look like this. 

In Florida, Biden got over 1 million votes, which means that he has also captured the hearts and votes of over 20 million people in 28 primaries. Florida’s elections have in the past been a bit controversial, as well as the votes of their delegates, such as in the 2000 election, it was unclear what the results of the popular vote were. They rushed the recount, which may have led to George W. Bush wrongly becoming president.

In Illinois, the race was much closer, within a 25% win for Biden, which is still regular for him, and it will remain like that until the pandemic has subsided and the primaries can go on.

The results in Illinois look like this:

In Illinois, Biden only had 34 more pledged votes from delegates than Sanders, yet he had a little less than double the votes Sanders had, so in the case of Illinois. On the side of Joe Biden, his supporters are just happy that he won. Sanders fans are happy with the fact that the delegate margin separating him and Biden didn’t have the opportunity to grow to over 400 delegate votes between them.

In Arizona, 100% of the vote was very unclear for a few days after the primary, because this was a state where almost 15% of registered voters did not turn up because of the virus. Given the size of Arizona’s population, 15% of registered voters is almost 55,000 votes. 

The results in Arizona looked like this:

This state was the closest race of all three on March 17th, concerning the amount of pledged delegate votes between the two candidates. There was a lot of confusion in Arizona concerning what all of the votes would be because, on March 17th, schools had already shut down, and like in the Iowa primaries, the workers at polls used an app to count up all of the votes.  Thankfully, they cleared all of the confusion, and the results are final.

There is one takeaway from the entire pandemic which is that New York may actually have a voice in the election. It looks like NYC may be one of the first to vote later on, once the virus has been treated, and since NY has such a large population (we have over 250 delegates) this means that we may be the deciding state of this election.

Are you happy with Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee?