The states of Florida, Illinois, and Arizona held primaries on Tuesday.
Joe Biden won all three states decisively, besting Bernie Sanders. This is not god news for the Bernie Sanders camapign.
FOX News reports:
Biden crushes Sanders in primary sweep of Florida, Illinois, Arizona
Joe Biden swept another round of delegate-rich contests Tuesday – winning in Florida, Illinois and Arizona – further cementing the former vice president as the dominant front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination over Bernie Sanders as the coronavirus threat scrambles the primary calendar for the foreseeable future.
Florida and Illinois will award a hefty 219 and 155 pledged delegates, respectively, while Arizona is worth 67 delegates. Together, the contests are likely to only add to the pressure on Sanders to reconsider his presence in the race.
Last week, Sanders vowed to press on after a string of defeats, signaling he wants to continue to pressure Biden to embrace more progressive policies.
“Our campaign has had a very good night,” Biden told supporters in Wilmington, Delaware, before the Arizona race was called. “We’ve moved closer to securing the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.
And we’re doing it by building a broad coalition that we need to win in November, with strong support from the African-American community, the Latino community, high school-aged people, educated people … labor, teachers, suburban women, veterans, firefighters and so many more.”
As a result of this, the hashtag #DropOutBernie started trending on Tuesday night.
You’ve lost Florida.
You’re losing Illinois.
It’ll soon be mathematically impossible for you to win.
It’s already impossible from a practical perspective.
At this point, your ego is all that’s keeping you in the race.
— Tennesseine (@Tennesseine) March 18, 2020
People risked the #coronavirus just to make sure Bernie Sanders isn't the nominee
I don't know what more Bernie needs to see that people are rejecting his revolution#DropoutBernie
— ABlackWomanWhoDontGiveAF*ck (@battletested5) March 18, 2020
It’s over, @BernieSanders.
— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) March 18, 2020
It’ll be fascinating to see how much longer Sanders stays in the race.