Joe Biden (77), the former US Vice President during the Obama administration, is moving closer to the nomination of Democratic presidential candidate for the upcoming 2020 US Presidential election after a major victory in three states namely, Florida, Illinois, and Arizona.
Biden was looking forward to the November 3 general election against Republican President Donald Trump after he won Tuesday’s Democratic voting which increased the pressure on his key rival, Bernie Sanders (78). Meanwhile, Biden has now focused on winning the hearts of Sanders’ key supporters, who are mostly the youngsters aged 18-44, and appealed them, “I hear you.”
The front-runner candidate for Democratic Party, Biden has dominated the entire nomination race and his popularity had surged in the past two weeks since he scored a massive victory in 16 out of the last 21 state contests before Tuesday. He is currently leading over his rival, Sanders by nearly 230 delegates in the race of securing 1,991 delegates to get the nomination at July’s Democratic convention.
The Edison polls showed that a majority of Democratic voters in all three states, where the voting for the candidate nomination was held, preferred Biden than Sanders in the issues of a major crisis of the country.
The opinions of the voters were focused on the prevailing coronavirus outbreak globally and its impact on the US and in favor of Biden who is considered to be a more experienced leader than Sanders. Since Biden is nearly to win the nomination due to the remarkable performance from the nomination race across, Sanders is expected to drop his race from White House bid soon.
With the rising of virus infection cases in the country, the Democratic nominating campaign has been forced to cancel the contests in some states and no primary votes scheduled for weeks. Concerning the threat of the disease outbreak, Biden said in a statement, “It’s at moments like these that we realize we need to put politics aside and work together as Americans. The coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”
Biden’s Struggle to Absorb Youngsters
Biden’s central weakness has been the low-support from American youngsters, which was the stronghold of Sanders’ election campaign. Edison Research polls showed that voters between the ages of 18 and 44 were the major groups that supported Sanders despite Biden won the election on Tuesday.
Young voters would be one of the biggest challenges for Biden and it was analyzed by experts that American youngsters were inclined to Sanders’ political stand as he holds the principle of democratic socialist economic agenda. In order to strengthen his support, Biden needed these groups of youngsters to help him in fighting against the Republican candidate, Trump in the upcoming national election.
Following Tuesday’s election, Biden spoke in a live broadcast from his home in Delaware and said that he and former senator, Sanders had disagreed on tactics of addressing issues but shared a common commitment to the same issues including affordable healthcare, reducing income inequality, and tackling climate change.
Biden, praising the active participation of youngsters, claimed, “Senator Sanders and his supporters have brought remarkable passion and tenacity to these issues, and together, they have shifted the fundamental conversation in the country.” However, he appealed and assured the youngster group, “And let me say, especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Senator Sanders: I hear you. I know what is at stake. And I know what we have to do.”
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