Not so Super Tuesday

Maggie Inglesby, Staff Writer

By Maggie Inglesby

This week on the 2020 Election That Seems Like it Really Should Almost Be Over But Still Has Nine Months Left (or ETHLRSABOBSHNMLTM for short), the long-awaited Super Tuesday finally happened. Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia all held their primaries on Super Tuesday which means that a whopping 1,357 of the nearly 4,000 delegates were up for grabs. This also came just a few days after candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race, leaving only five candidates left. Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar endorsed Biden after they dropped out as well. 

Now for me personally, not only was this an important election in general, but it was also my first time voting (yes having the sticker was as great as I imagined). I was very excited to participate in democracy but this is neither here nor there. The real take away from Super Tuesday is that Biden had an amazing comeback. I had honestly begun to forget about him as a candidate and was saving him for impressions on SNL but he won big, especially in Virginia. Biden won 10 out of the 14 states and now has 509 delegates, 50 more than Sanders. This firmly puts Biden back in the running after the moderates seemingly consolidated behind him rather than being split between three candidates. 

On top of this, the day after Super Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg dropped out. This was his first time being on the ballot in the primaries and it will be his last. This was after he spent millions of his own money on ads that did not work. Elizabeth Warren also dropped out following Super Tuesday after a long campaign. And then there were three. I mean, there are really just two, sorry Tulsi Gabbard. I still think that it is just a matter of time before she drops out, leaving it really to just a two-person race. 

But what does this all mean? From a political standpoint, it shows the division of the democratic party between the more moderates and those liberals that are further left. Overall, I am somewhat sad that we are left with two, old, white guys again (no matter how much I like either of the two main candidates) but I guess this election, in the minds of the democrats, is really all about beating Trump. 

Oh well. And while I look forward to voting again in the fall, I also am reminded that I have five more years before I can even run for state office. Let’s also hope that the second half of the ETHLRSABOBSHNMLTM gives me less of a headache