Former Vice President Joe Biden’s big night allowed him to top erstwhile front-runner Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders as the race gets closer to Florida’s March 17 primary.

Joe Biden versus Bernie Sanders.


The biggest slate of primary contests in the 2020 elections left Florida Democratic primary voters with two "co-frontrunners" from which to choose a rival to challenge President Donald Trump.


The delegate distribution from Tuesday’s 14 primaries and one caucus aren’t sorted out yet, but former Vice President Joe Biden was indisputably the biggest winner.


Biden, in stunning fashion, won nine primaries. As of Tuesday morning, Biden now leads the delegate count with 435 to Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 373. But that total does not include California’s results, where Sanders won.


Sanders captured four primaries, including California, by far the biggest prize.


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has spent more than $500 million of his own money on his campaign, and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who lost even in her home state, failed to win a Super Tuesday contest on the U.S. mainland.


Bloomberg and Warren each met the 15% threshold for delegates in several primaries. But with more than a third of the delegates now having been doled out, a path for them to the nomination seems mathematically unrealistic.


So, what does this mean for the March 17 Florida primary?


JOE BIDEN: He has the edge in the Sunshine State. Biden has led the polls in Florida. His biggest challenge is money, his campaign burned through cash well before Super Tuesday. But Biden showed an uncanny, and unprecedented, knack for competing and winning without significant campaign accounts. A perfect example was Massachusetts, where Biden shocked New Englanders Warren and Sanders in a state where he spent next to nothing. That said, after a stunningly good night on Super Tuesday, campaign cash should flow to Biden.


BERNIE SANDERS: He has progressive juice in Florida. A year ago, his endorsement of Andrew Gillum in the Democratic gubernatorial race helped catapult Gillum to the nomination. But Florida also counts lots of more moderate as well as older and African American voters. Those are segments of the electorate that, in other states, have not embraced Sanders. History isn’t encouraging, either. Sanders got crushed here by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Sanders’ Feb. 23 interview defending the Cuban Revolution may also cost him among South Florida Hispanic Democrats in the Sunshine State.


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ELIZABETH WARREN: She says she will continue. Despite another disappointing primary night, Warren issued an appeal for more donations and said she is looking ahead to six more contests on March 10. One of those primaries will be in Michigan, where Warren spoke on Tuesday saying: "I am in this fight."


MIKE BLOOMBERG: He bet heavily on Super Tuesday. And he has bet on heavily on Florida. But the billionaire New Yorker got clobbered in the two debates before the Nevada and South Carolina contests. His lone Super Tuesday victory was in the territory of American Somoa. Will Bloomberg persist? Here is the statement his campaign manager issued Tuesday evening: "Tonight, only one-third of delegates will be allotted. As Mike said tonight, 'No matter how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something no one else thought was possible. In just three months, we've gone from just 1% in the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination. Our number one priority remains defeating Donald Trump in November."


One last word: Consider voting early. Turnout has been strong, and lines were long in both California and Texas on Tuesday night.


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Early voting in Palm Beach County will be held from Saturday, March 7, 2020, through Sunday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for a list of early voting locations.


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