Sanders, Biden face the first major test as voters head to the polls in newly two-person race


Sanders, Biden face the first major test as voters head to the polls in newly two-person race

Sanders, Biden face the first major test as voters head to the polls in newly two-person race

The second round of major voting begins Tuesday as voters head to the polls to weigh in on the Democratic primary– a contest which includes the key battleground state of Michigan.

In that state as well as Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington state voters will have their say on the presidential race on Tuesday, with 352 delegates up for grabs across the six states.

With the field narrowed down to what is ostensibly a two-person race between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, the race is looking similar to the dynamics at play during the Democratic showdown of 2016. Biden, a moderate Democrat backed by the establishment, is facing off with Sanders, a progressive-standard-bearer who is calling for a dismantling of many governmental structures.

Biden, the apparent front-runner ahead of Tuesday’s elections, has nabbed consequential endorsements since his Super Tuesday blowout, a sign that major factions of the party united behind one candidate– that isn’t Sanders.

“Democrats need a nominee who understands that the way to beat Donald Trump is to bring people together,” former Secretary of State John Kerry said while stumping for Biden in Dearborn, MI on Saturday.

Biden has pointed to his growing list of endorsements from moderates as a sign that he is better equipped to take on the White House, arguing that he is the only candidate who can beat Trump. His former competitors Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, endorsed him over the weekend.

Kerry echoed that message onstage in Dearborn over the weekend.

“I would say to them, are you going to throw your vote away? Are you gonna vote for somebody who is not going to be able to do what he’s talking about? Or are you going to vote for somebody who’s actually going to be able to fix America?” he asked the crowd.

Sanders, meanwhile, is trying to repeat the shocking upset he pulled out in Michigan in 2016, where he eked out a win from underneath Clinton– who was almost assuredly thought to win the state during the primary contests.

“Michigan is very, very important. Last time around, in 2016, I was told, ‘Impossible. You can’t win Michigan.’ In fact, the day before the election, we were 20 points down in some of these polls,” Sanders said on ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Michigan is the first diverse, industrial Midwestern state to weigh into the primary, and the first 2020 battleground that will be crucial in making the electability argument against Trump in November. It also has the most delegates up for grabs on Tuesday with 125.

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