Patriots Democratic Primary Round-Up: Bernie’s Down, But He’s Not Out

After another disappointing Tuesday at the polls, some may have expected Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic primary — he didn’t.

Instead, both Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden have continued to push toward Sunday’s planned debate, which will allow both candidates to remain seated as they take questions from voters.

Amid coronavirus fears, both candidates have limited public appearances and have come out with their own plans to respond in the face of a national health emergency.

As always, the Daily Caller has waded through all of the most recent stories to bring you the latest: who’s in, who’s out, who’s surging and what Americans have to say about the whole mess.

The standouts:

  • Biden had another great night of election returns on mini-Super Tuesday, nearly running the board as he took home victories in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho — but the real prize was Michigan, one of the states that Sanders won in 2016.
  • For his part, Sanders took home victory in North Dakota.

***Washington State also voted on Tuesday, and though Biden leads the vote count, the official call has not yet been made.***

The washouts:

  • Losing Michigan — a state he won handily over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 — was a serious blow to Sanders.
  • Biden did not escape the week without a few self-inflicted wounds either. While speaking to auto-workers in Michigan, the current frontrunner for the nomination told a potential voter he was “full of s**t,” threatened to slap him and instructed him to stop being “a horse’s ass.”

The dropouts:

Fox News host Dana Perino bet her “I’ll Tell You What” podcast cohost Chris Stirewalt Wednesday that Sanders would bow out after his second disastrous Tuesday in a row.

But Sanders gave a press conference claiming that he was winning the ideological debate in spite of the fact that he was losing the electability debate. And Perino admitted defeat.

So who’s left? Biden, Sanders, Gabbard.

The opposition:

President Donald Trump has been primarily occupied with the continuing spread of coronavirus, but he did take the time to fire off a few tweets at his potential opponents.

The hot takes:

The delegate count:

  • Joe Biden: 887
  • Bernie Sanders: 731
  • Other: 167

Check back next week for updates, including the results of the most recent primaries and more.

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