Presidential primary update

Blakelee Sutton, Featured News Editor

The intense race to become the Democratic and Republican nominees for the 2020 Presidential Election is still ongoing. As the primaries have made their way across the nation, the list of candidates has slowly become smaller. As a result, only three Democratic candidates remain: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Tulsi Gabbard. In addition, only two Republican candidates remain: incumbent Donald Trump and William Weld.

 

On the Democratic front, Joe Biden is leading his competitors by a significant margin. According to The Associated Press, Biden has amassed 898 delegates, Sanders has 745 and Gabbard has two. 

On March 15, a live debate was held between Sanders and Biden. Several topics were brought up, one of which being the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanders cited his universal health care plan as a means of combating the crisis. On the other hand, Biden criticized the dramatic change in the healthcare system, saying that “People want results, not a revolution.”

They both made note of the precautions they’ve taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to CNN, Biden supported his efforts with his hand-washing habits.

I wash my hands god-knows-how-many-times with hot water and soap,” Biden testified.

Both candidates made the promise that they’d choose women as their running mates further down the road in the election. These claims have led to much speculation about who they would choose, but it remains to be seen who joins the Biden and Sanders tickets.

On the Republican side, Trump is virtually guaranteed to win the nomination. The amount of delegates needed to win the nomination is 1,276. President Trump currently leads with 1,141. This is to be expected, as the incumbent President almost always lands on the ticket.

Although much progress has been made since the dawn of this election, there is still an uphill battle to climb for each candidate. With the Democrats’s primary goal of beating Trump, the strategies and candidate of choice is eagerly anticipated by the nation.