Continuing his dominance of the Democratic race for President, former Vice President Joe Biden swept to an easy victory in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona on Tuesday, expanding his overall delegate lead, and making it nearly impossible for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to catch him in the 2020 race.
Sidelined from the campaign trail by the Coronavirus threat, Biden reached out to Sanders supporters in remarks from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
"So, let me say especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Sen. Sanders - I hear you," Biden said. "I know what's at stake."
"Our goal as a campaign, and my goal as a candidate for President, is to unify our party – and to unify our nation," Biden added.
"Our campaign has had a very good night," Biden said. "And we’ve moved closer to securing the Democratic party’s nomination for President."
Joe Biden addresses Bernie Sanders supporters after substantially expanding his delegate lead: "Let me say especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Sen. Sanders: I hear you. I know what's at stake. I know what we have to do" #CNNelection https://t.co/k33VwcFCnG pic.twitter.com/M2QkPDRl4q— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 18, 2020
In his remarks, Biden spoke mostly about the Coronavirus threat, saying it 'doesn't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican," as he urged Americans to help each other in this time of national crisis.
"We are all in this together," Biden said.
Sanders also took time on Tuesday to speak about the Coronavirus in his own web chat, but did not mention the Tuesday primary results, or whether he would stay in the Democratic race.
While Sanders certainly has the money and organization to stay in the Democratic race through June, he has now lost 19 of the last 24 states since winning in New Hampshire and then Nevada.
Instead of a campaign speech from Bernie Sanders tonight, he gave a 20 minute “outline of proposals that I’ll be submitting to the Senate leadership” which was all about legislation ideas and didn’t mention his campaign or more bad primary results for him coming in pic.twitter.com/htYM93wzLL— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) March 17, 2020
Biden's victory was never in doubt on Tuesday, as he first swept to a very convincing win in Florida, beating Sanders 62-23 percent.
In the heavy Democratic precincts of South Florida, Sanders struggled to even get to 20 percent of the vote in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, three spots which are crucial for any Democrat in November.
Biden swept all 67 counties in Florida - just as he had done a week earlier when he won every county in Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri.
That sweep was almost repeated in Illinois on Tuesday until Sanders held his ground in Champaign County, narrowly holding off Biden in the home of the University of Illinois.
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