Voters in fourteen states, representing more than 40 percent of the country's population, will cast their ballots in the Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday. And former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign got some much-needed good news ahead of those key "Super Tuesday" contests: the exit of two fellow moderates.
South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have both suspended their presidential campaigns, citing the lack of a clear path to the nomination. It is a sign that moderate support could be coalescing around Biden's candidacy.
But that consolidation could be too little, too late: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders remains a dominant front-runner in many of Tuesday's races. His campaign, a fundraising juggernaut, has outpaced Biden in both organizing and advertising in the Super Tuesday states.
Sanders, though, has not spent nearly as much as former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. In his first official primary contests Tuesday, Bloomberg hopes that his hundreds of millions of dollars will overcome the efforts of his rivals.
Elizabeth Warren's campaign, though, has signaled that it is not hoping for even that much. In a memo, her campaign manager said that the Warren team anticipates that no one will emerge from this week as a clear front-runner — and that Warren, despite weak showings in the first four contests, is best suited to be the consensus choice come the Democratic National Convention in July.
This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and senior political editor/correspondent Domenico Montanaro talk to our team of campaign reporters who have been following these candidates around the country: Asma Khalid, Scott Detrow, Susan Davis, and Danielle Kurtzleben.
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