Bernie Sanders has slim chances of beating Joe Biden in Democratic primaries

Angelica Tejada

Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ended her 2020 presidential campaign and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on March 19. Her endorsement made it clearer than ever that Biden is set to win the Democratic primary

Gabbard’s presidential campaign struggled in attracting attention and her opponents surpassed her greatly in the polls. 

Foreign policy was Gabbard’s chief issue. She leaned on her first-hand experiences as major in the Hawaii Army National Guard and from when she was deployed to Iraq in 2004 to propose new initiatives on how the nation should deal with foreign policy.

“Specifically, she is urging the United States to get out of foreign wars and focus on peacebuilding,” The New York Times reported. “She has also warned that a nuclear arms race could be on the horizon.”

The COVID-19 disease has shaken the nation, as well as the 2020 presidential race. Gabbard reflected on the global pandemic in a video message that she used to announce her dropping out of the race.

“Our nation is facing an unprecedented global crisis that highlights the inextricable bonds of humanity, and how foreign policy and domestic policy are inseparable,” Gabbard said. “We are all in this together and we must all rise to meet this moment — in service to our country and our fellow man. This is not the first time we have faced adversity together and it will not be the last.”

New York has now joined Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island in delaying their Democratic primaries, due to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting enforcement on social distancing, to prevent further spread of the virus.

The person who needs more delegates is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is falling behind Biden ever since Biden won the South Carolina primary at large and continued to grow his momentum throughout the following primaries. 

“After Tuesday’s election, it is clear that Democratic Primary voters have chosen Vice President Joe Biden to be the person who will take on President Trump in the general election,” Gabbard said, following the March 17 primaries that were held in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, which Biden won.

Sanders is in a rough position right now, considering the mass popularity and lead that Biden has in the race. Even as primaries in some states and territories come to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak, the extra time will not benefit Sanders unless there is a major shift in the voters’ minds.

“To overtake Biden, Sanders would need to win the remaining delegates by around 20 percentage points,” The New York Times wrote. “It would require a net 40-point improvement over his current standing.”

Biden’s massive presidential support came almost as a surprise, but it has proven to hold influence across the country.

During this time that the 2020 presidential race has taken a back seat due to COVID-19, it is important for both Biden and Sanders to make clear what they would do if they were currently in the shoes of President Donald Trump. 

Sanders has issued an emergency response on his campaign website, along with details of this initiative. The senator has emphasized numerous times that his main focus right now is on helping the American people fight the pandemic, not his presidential campaign.

However, with Gabbard out of the presidential race, the pressure is now officially onto Biden and Sanders to unite the country now and unite the country in November in order to win against Trump. While Sanders has a majority of young voters on his side and has taken vocal charge against the COVID-19 situation, his chances of winning the Democratic primary are severely low unless there is a radical shift in voters’ mentalities.