- Washington Post exit polls for the Democratic presidential primary indicate that late-deciding voters on Super Tuesday broke for former Vice President Joe Biden in several states.
- Biden received a sudden boost after his large victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary prompted his moderate challengers Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, to drop out and endorse him.
- As of early Wednesday morning ET, Biden had won in Virginia and was projected to win Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.
- Tuesday night marks a stunning comeback for Biden, who had lagged through the early primary states before his victory in South Carolina.
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It looks as if the recent spurt of #Joementum may have carried former Vice President Joe Biden to victory in most of the Democratic presidential primary’s Super Tuesday states.
Biden has won in Virginia, and Decision Desk HQ projects Biden victories in Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. Biden’s performance on Tuesday night is a major rebound for a candidate who had performed poorly in the early contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
Washington Post exit polls have indicated that voters who decided within the past few days – after Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday and his main moderate rivals dropped out to endorse him – broke for the vice president in several states. Biden appeared to be the biggest beneficiary of the late deciders in many states, including some where Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who entered Tuesday as the national frontrunner, was the candidate of choice for those who decided earlier.
Overall, the exit polls found, a median of 46% of Super Tuesday voters who decided within the past few days chose Biden, compared with just 19% who chose Sanders and 13% who picked former Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City. Exit polls indicated that most voters said they valued electability.
For those who decided earlier than a few days ago, the median actually favoured Sanders, who received 36% of support, compared with 29% for Biden.
The exit polling indicates that late-deciding voters were swayed by Biden’s comeback in South Carolina and perhaps by the series of high-profile endorsements from Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and several top aides to Barack Obama.
And in several states, that pattern continued Tuesday night.
In Minnesota, Klobuchar’s home state, 55% of voters are believed to have made up their mind in the past few days. And 53% of those voters chose Biden. Only 19% of them supported Sanders.
But 45% of Minnesota voters had made up their minds earlier than that, according to the exit polls, and 45% of those voters supported Sanders. Only 24% of voters who made up their minds earlier supported Biden.
BIDEN winning across the Twin Cities Metro.
Biden never campaigned here and had little infrastructure. Sanders had a big infrastructure and campaigned here Monday night.
People broke late (Klobuchar dropping out was a major factor), and broke late for Biden. #MNPrimary
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) March 4, 2020
In Virginia, which delivered Biden a victory almost immediately after polls closed, 60% of voters who decided within the past few days chose Biden, according to the exit polls, while only 17% of those voters supported Sanders.
For comparison with Virginia voters who had made up their mind before the past few days, 51% chose Biden and 29% supported Sanders.
In Tennessee, where just over a quarter of voters appear to have made up their mind at the last minute, 58% of those late deciders went for Biden compared with 15% for Sanders, according to exit polling. Biden’s support wasn’t as strong among Tennessee voters who made up their minds earlier, receiving just 31% of their support compared with Sanders’ 27%.
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