At the exact same time, the anti-Sanders camp continues to be split: Mr. Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar are all insisting on remaining in the race when Mr. Bloomberg is shelling out closely on marketing in Tremendous Tuesday states like Texas and California, the place Mr. Sanders could make up a delegate guide if the remaining vote is divided.
In the aftermath of Mr. Sanders’s triumph in Nevada, the dilemma that more and more looms more than the race is whether or not Tremendous Tuesday, when 16 contests are held on March 3, will be the working day he puts himself on a glide route to the nomination.
On Sunday, his aides started getting measures toward attempting to do just that.
Just after months of downplaying Mr. Sanders’s prospective clients in South Carolina, where by he misplaced terribly in the 2016 key since of his weak point with black voters then, his campaign was blunt about its aim in Saturday’s vote.
“We’re battling to get in South Carolina,” stated Jeff Weaver, a major Sanders strategist, noting that polls present them “moving up considerably on the vice president.”
Should Mr. Sanders defeat or even finish around Mr. Biden in South Carolina, a condition the previous vice president has lengthy witnessed as his firewall, it could vault him into Tremendous Tuesday 3 days afterwards with this sort of drive that it might be tricky for any of his opponents to catch up with him.
Which is when Mr. Sanders is hoping to pile up delegates whilst also inflicting symbolic blows on his opponents by successful in some of their household states, which includes Ms. Warren’s Massachusetts and Ms. Klobuchar’s Minnesota, the two of which Mr. Sanders plans to check out prior to March 3, according to aides.
Yet it is Mr. Sanders’s conclusion to contend aggressively in South Carolina, wherever he has lengthy reduced anticipations by vowing only to “do well” there, that illustrates how rapidly this race is relocating to him. Extra than half of the state’s Democratic electorate is expected to be African-American, just one of Mr. Biden’s strongest blocs of assist, and the former vice president has led in the polls there due to the fact the outset of the race.