Political Rewind: Biden Back On Top After Super Tuesday
Wednesday on Political Rewind, Georgia political leaders who made early endorsements of former Vice President Joe Biden are celebrating this morning. Biden, who was declared all but dead after poor showings in early states, jumped into a front-runner position with stunning victories in Super Tuesday voting.
With votes still being counted in several states, Biden has overcome the gap in delegates that had separated him from Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Meanwhile, Mike Bloomberg drops out of the race after a poor showing across the board in yesterday's results.
Alan Abramowitz — Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Greg Bluestein — Political Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Andra Gillespie — Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Audrey Haynes — Professor of Political Science, University of Georgia
Amy Steigerwalt — Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University
This transcript has been edited for clarity and brevity
On what Super Tuesday means for the Democratic Party
Bill Nigut: It seems to me that one of the reasons Biden did so well is people really are weary and just tired out of the drama around the White House these days. He's tired of the dramatics that just are never ending the controversy. And Biden is this sort of sanguine alternative.
Alan Abramowitz: There was a question in the exit polls where they asked the primary voters about, do you want the Democratic Party to move to the left? Do you want it to move to the right, or do you want to go back And in many of these states, we saw most Democratic primary voters saying, ‘go back, let's go back,’ to a kind of restoration of the Obama era.
And I think that's what Biden is benefiting from. He's now perceived, I think, as the candidate who can beat Trump, again. He lost that mantle. Now he seems to have it back again for the time being.
And I think you're right. I think that Sanders is viewed as a high-risk candidate by many Democratic primary voters, even if they agree with a lot of his ideas. Most Democrats in the exit polls, in state after state, even in the South, said they agree with Medicare for all.
Greg Bluestein: To the professor's point last night, Bernie Sanders in Burlington said voters don't want the same old, same old. Well, the exit polls showed that they kind of do.
Abramowitz: Yet younger voters seem to be much more supportive of this idea of a very big change versus the kind of change that Sanders is talking about. And that's what Sanders has kind of pitched a lot of his appeal to the Democratic electorate on the idea that he can energize and turn out these young voters.
And that'll be the key to victory. He does do extremely well with young voters. But he hasn't really increased their share of the electorate.