2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

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Candidate Joe Biden Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren
Home state Delaware Vermont Massachusetts
Delegate count 2,687[2] 1,073[2] 63[2]
Contests won 46 9 0
Popular vote 19,076,052[3] 9,679,213[3] 2,831,472[3]
Percentage 51.8% 26.3% 7.7%

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Candidate Michael Bloomberg Pete Buttigieg Amy Klobuchar
Home state New York Indiana Minnesota
Delegate count 59[2] 21[2] 7[2]
Contests won 1 2 0
Popular vote 2,493,409[3] 924,237[3] 529,713[3]
Percentage 6.8% 2.5% 1.4%

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Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Home state Hawaii
Delegate count 2[2]
Contests won 0
Popular vote 273,940[3]
Percentage 0.7%

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Previous Democratic nominee

Hillary Clinton

Democratic nominee

Joe Biden

Presidential primaries and caucuses were organized by the Democratic Party to select the 3,979[b] pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention held on August 17–20 to determine the party's nominee for president in the 2020 United States presidential election. The elections took place in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and Democrats Abroad, and occurred between February 3 and August 11.

A total of 29 major candidates declared their candidacies for the primaries,[4] the largest field of presidential primary candidates for any American political party since the modern primaries began in 1972, exceeding the field of 17 major candidates in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries.[5] Former Vice President Joe Biden led polls throughout 2019, with the exception of a brief period in October when Senator Elizabeth Warren experienced a surge in support.[6] 18 of the 29 declared candidates withdrew before the formal beginning of the primary due to low polling, fundraising, and media coverage. The first primary was marred by controversy, as technical issues with vote reporting resulted in a three-day delay in vote counting in the Iowa caucus, as well as subsequent recounts. The certified results of the caucus eventually showed Mayor Pete Buttigieg winning the most delegates, while Senator Bernie Sanders won the popular vote in the state. Sanders then went on to win the New Hampshire primary in a narrow victory over Buttigieg before handily winning the Nevada caucus, cementing his status as the front-runner for the nomination.[7][8]

Biden, whose campaign fortunes had suffered from losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, made a comeback by overwhelmingly winning the South Carolina primary, motivated by strong support from African American voters, an endorsement from South Carolina U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn, as well as Democratic establishment concerns about nominating Sanders.[9] After Biden won South Carolina, and before the Super Tuesday primaries, several moderate candidates dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden in what was viewed as a consolidation of the party's moderate wing.[10] Biden then went on to win 10 out of 15 contests on Super Tuesday, beating back challenges from Sanders, Warren, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, solidifying his lead.[10]

On April 8, Biden became the presumptive nominee after Sanders, the only other candidate remaining, withdrew from the race.[11] In early June, Biden passed the threshold of 1,991 delegates to win the nomination.[12][13] In total, seven candidates received pledged delegates: Biden, Sanders, Warren, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard.[14] On August 11, Biden announced that former presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate.[15] Biden and Harris were officially nominated for president and vice president by delegates at the Democratic National Convention on August 18 and 19.[16][17] Biden and Harris went on to win the presidency and vice presidency in the general election on November 3, defeating the incumbents President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Biden became the first Democratic candidate since Bill Clinton, and the third ever Democratic candidate,[c] to win the nomination without carrying either Iowa or New Hampshire, the first two states on the primary/caucus calendar.

The primaries were initially scheduled to go through June 6. However, the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States caused a number of states to shift their primaries to later in the year.

  1. ^ a b c d Stevens, Matt (February 22, 2020). "How to Win the Democratic Nomination, and Why It Could Get Complicated". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Associated Press Election Services - Delegate Tracker". Associated Press. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Democratic Convention - Nationwide Popular Vote". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  4. ^ Burns, Alexander; Flegenheimer, Matt; Lee, Jasmine C.; Lerer, Lisa; Martin, Jonathan (January 10, 2020). "Who's Running for President in 2020?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Jacobson, Louis (May 2, 2019). "Warren just took the lead in a key polling average. History is vague on what happens next". PolitiFact. Archived from the original on May 22, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Bump, Philip (October 10, 2019). "Warren just took the lead in a key polling average. History is vague on what happens next". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Nilsen, Ella (February 22, 2020). "Bernie Sanders just won the Nevada caucuses". Vox. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Frostenson, Sarah (February 23, 2020). "Bernie Sanders is the Frontrunner". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Korecki, Natasha; Siders, David (February 23, 2020). "Sanders sends Democratic establishment into panic mode". Politico. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Korecki, Natasha (March 2, 2020). "How Biden engineered his astonishing comeback". Politico. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  11. ^ Ember, Sydney (April 8, 2020). "Bernie Sanders Is Dropping Out of 2020 Democratic Race for President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Detrow, Scott (June 5, 2020). "Biden Formally Clinches Democratic Nomination, While Gaining Steam Against Trump". NPR. Retrieved June 5, 2020. The AP delegate estimate reached the magic number of 1,991 delegates for Biden as seven states and the District of Columbia continue counting votes from Tuesday's primaries
  13. ^ "Biden wins Guam presidential primary". The Hill. June 6, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020. That gave Biden five of Guam's seven pledged delegates, pushing him over the 1,991-delegate threshold to clinch the nomination
  14. ^ "Delegate Tracker". interactives.ap.org. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, adding former 2020 rival to ticket". CBS News. August 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "Democrats Officially Nominate Joe Biden as Their Presidential Candidate | Voice of America - English". www.voanews.com. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  17. ^ "Kamala Harris officially becomes the first black woman to be a major party's vice presidential nominee". CNN. August 20, 2020.


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