It is all over but the crying for the Bernie folks.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Former vice president Joe Biden swept to decisive wins in Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday, extending his run of victories on a primary election day in which the growing national response to the coronavirus pandemic complicated voting as it threatened to disrupt future contests.
The emphatic wins raised further questions about the viability of the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). It set Biden, who began the day leading the contest by more than 100 delegates, on a clear course to a first-ballot victory at the Democratic National Convention in July barring a seismic shift in the race’s dynamics.
This was the third consecutive week of voting in which Biden dramatically outperformed Sanders, including 16 of the past 21 contests before Tuesday’s.
I have to admit that I was worried there might be a surge of Bernie voters that would alter the outcome of these primaries mainly because his younger voters feel immune from the Coronavirus, while Biden’s main demographic is the most at risk and would likely stay home.
However early voting seems to have erased that possible upset and it appears now that Biden is the presumptive candiate for the Democratic party.
At this point Sanders needs to accept his defeat and close down his campaign so that we are no longer putting people at risk of contagion by insisting that they crowd together for these primaries.
In my opinion, every one of the upcoming primaries should be determined by mail in ballots, and early voting.
It is time for this nonsense to end so that we can focus on surviving this pandemic.