US President Donald Trump has his hands full with combatting the rising incidence of coronavirus but he must be looking over his shoulder at the resurgence of his opponent at the November elections, former vice president Joe Biden.
Joe Biden romped to victory in Florida and Illinois primaries, with the Arizona result still to be announced, also favouring Biden. He needs less than half of the remaining delegates to become the Democratic Party nominee. The party establishment has also lined up behind the 77-year-old Biden as the best option in November to try and unseat Donald Trump.
Regardless of Arizona, Bernie Sanders has nearly no viable path to the nomination in light of the stinging defeats in Florida and Illinois, New York Daily Post reported.
The results are certain to increase pressure on Sanders to pull out of the nomination race. As Biden and Sanders considered their next steps, Trump formally clinched the Republican presidential nomination after facing minimal opposition.
Bernie Sanders is as good as gone, beaten again after losing in 2016.
It is the fact that in Florida, Democratic voters came out in historic numbers despite the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 2.2 million Floridians casting ballots, according to exit polls, that will trouble Trump.
Trump won the crucial Sunshine State battleground by a slim margin in the 2016 general election.
Using a livestream to address supporters from his home state of Delaware, Biden seemed ready to move past the primary. He paid tribute to Sanders for advancing key issues like affordable health care and combating climate change, AP News reported.
“Sen. Sanders and his supporters have brought a remarkable passion and tenacity to all of these issues. Together they have shifted the fundamental conversation in this country,” Joe Biden said. “So let me say, especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Sen. Sanders, I hear you. I know what’s at stake. I know what we have to do.”
Four states — Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland — have joined Ohio in moving to push back their upcoming primaries due to the coronavirus pandemic. That has left the Democratic primary calendar empty until 29 March, when Puerto Rico is scheduled to go to the polls. Island leaders are trying to reschedule the balloting.
Joe Biden addresses Bernie Sanders supporters after substantially expanding his delegate lead: "Let me say especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Sen. Sanders: I hear you. I know what's at stake. I know what we have to do." #CNNelection https://t.co/SNz6JkqTz4 pic.twitter.com/FmZKCi3z66
— CNN (@CNN) March 18, 2020