Former vice president Joe Biden is focusing on Super-Tuesday states as an insurance policy against Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s growing lead.
Biden ramped up his presence in states that will hold preferential primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday during the election cycle, set for March 3, 2020. These fourteen states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
The former vice president is investing extra effort in these states by increasing staffing in anticipation of the Democratic race narrowing to two candidates before Super Tuesday, Politico reports. Biden’s campaign is also creating a Super-Tuesday organization, adding staffers and hiring state directors. He has recently visited nine of the Super Tuesday states.
The move comes as a September poll shows Warren taking a slight lead ahead of Biden.
“If history is any guide, this will likely be a two-person race coming out of South Carolina, and whomever emerges from Super Tuesday with a significant delegate lead will be extremely difficult to catch,” a senior Biden official told Politico.
The Biden campaign also stressed that Biden holds advantages over the candidates through his “broad, diverse” voters, implying that Warren and other candidates may struggle in southern states while Biden will not, Politico reports.
The Super Tuesday states include southern and border states where Biden may appal to African-American and more moderate Democratic voters, the publication reports. They also serve as an “insurance policy” for Biden against Warren, who may carry more white and liberal states like Iowa and New Hampshire and then South Carolina and Nevada.
“The endorsement slates we’ve rolled out are proof of the time and energy we’ve put into these states to date,” said Pete Kavanaugh, Biden deputy campaign manager of states, to Politico. “No one has been able to release remotely close to what we have.”
Warren’s campaign has also announced that they will be focusing on the Super Tuesday states. The campaign has hired a state director for California – the biggest Super Tuesday state.
“We’re targeting our resources to invest in places that will be critical to keeping the House, taking back the U.S. Senate, and regaining ground in key state legislatures in 2020,” Warren’s campaign manager, Roger Lau said in September 25 public memo.
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