I am afraid I am not up to Lambert’s standard of political night intros, so forgive the casual set up to the Super Tuesday results. Mmany of you will be checking news over the evening, so please post links, tweets, and most important observations!
I’m already a bit late. Biden has been called as the winner in Virginia, with no districts reporting yet. Needless to say, this looks odd given that major news organizations no longer do much if any poll watching. These early calls appear designed to influence California voting. From The Hill:
Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Virginia primary, giving him an important victory in the fourth-largest state to vote on Super Tuesday.
The race was called as soon as polls closed, though results are not available yet.
The former vice president was competing against several candidates for support in Virginia, with surveys showing a tight race between Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the run-up to Super Tuesday.
But Biden’s big victory in South Carolina last week gave him a burst of momentum that propelled him to a victory in the Old Dominion.
Biden was boosted by a string of endorsements from high-profile Virginians, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D), former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Democratic Reps. Bobby Scott, Jennifer Wexton and Don Beyer.
Biden’s victory is particularly harmful to Bloomberg, who invested and campaigned heavily in the state.
Sanders was also called as the winner in Vermont.
Biden was also just called as the winner in North Carolina by ABC and CNN.
Tornadoes hit the Nashville area last night, so some polls in Tennessee will be open later than usual. I don’t know enough about the Volunteer State to judge how lower turnout in the Nashville area might influence results.
In my district in Alabama, turnout was high, likely due to Republicans coming to vote on the Senate race. Jim Sessions, who was well liked during his term in office, is seeking to run against Doug Jones in the fall, but is being challenged by Tommy Tuberville and Bradley Byrne.
And we had an unexpected event:
Just voted in AL. Photographed by a stringer out of Atlanta while wearing my Sanders sweatshirt pushing the wheelchair for my 92 year old lifelong Republican mother who also voted for Sanders. Go Republicans for Sanders!
— Yves Smith (@yvessmith) March 3, 2020