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Progressives lacked unity on Super Tuesday

 

Hannah Richey
Opinion Editor
hgrichey@uab.edu

 

Super Tuesday showed that a compromise between moderates and progressives was never going to be the result.

 

March 3 was a big win for Joe Biden, with Bernie Sanders trailing just behind him in delegates, two candidates who are starkly different in their policy.

 

Part of Biden’s success is likely due in part by Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out the night before and endorsing him, uniting the moderate field. Michael Bloomberg ended his campaign the night of Super Tuesday with 61 delegates and endorsed Biden.

 

At the beginning of the primaries Elizabeth Warren and Sanders were supposed to represent the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

 

While Warren may often be considered a progressive, mostly due to the Democratic Party being a big tent party, her policies are indeed a compromise between Sanders’ democratic socialist platform and Biden’s centrist platform.

 

Warren shifted her run just before the first caucus to be the compromise candidate between centrist Democrats and progressive left-wing Democrats because she denies affiliations with socialism, unlike Sanders, calling herself “a Capitalist to (her) bones.”

 

But Warren didn’t see major strides after Iowa in spite of this. She received eight delegates there and no other wins until Super Tuesday and placed third in her home state of Mass.

 

Warren’s delegate count went up to 64, reaching viability in nine of 15 Super Tuesday states. She dropped out on Thursday because of these losses.  For perspective on Warren’s poor performance, Biden currently has 664 delegates and Sanders has 573.

 

Many of Warren’s plans included a means-testing aspect which is defined by measuring a family or individual’s income to determine what welfare they can receive. This includes her student debt repayment plan that is based on income and debt amount.

 

This is in contrast to Biden, who has no debt forgiveness plan, and Bernie, who plans to cancel all student debt without eligibility requirements.

 

Warrens low turnout was most likely a combination of more progressives and leftists favoring Sanders’ platform over hers and Biden supporters who generally run more politically moderate not supporting her policies.

 

Warren’s platform was initially very popular, she was thought to be the frontrunner at the beginning, but over time her poll numbers began to go down and after the elections began she became unviable.

 

Warren’s support shrunk due to the kinds of supporters she has. Politico reports that her base contains people with postgraduate degrees and older people, with Sanders having supporters who are younger and have a lower income.

 

Warren supporters are also whiter than Sanders’ and Biden’s, which was a problem for her in states with a high proportion of minority voters like Calif. and Texas.

 

Warren and Sanders indicate there is a progressive base in the Democratic Party but that does not inherently mean the two have the same platform or voters. Progressives lack unity right now, both in the party and on the level of individual voters.

 

This could change if Warren endorses Sanders but as of right now she has no plans to endorse anyone.

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