Super Tuesday 2020

By Veronica Rocha, Amanda Wills, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 4:03 p.m. ET, March 4, 2020
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10:19 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

JUST IN: Bloomberg ends presidential campaign

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Michael Bloomberg ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, closing out an audacious run that saw the former New York mayor spend hundreds of millions of his own money to fund his late entry bid.

“Three months ago, I entered the race for President to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump – because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult,” Bloomberg announced in an email to supporters

Bloomberg exits the race after a disappointing show on Super Tuesday that left him with only a single victory: American Samoa.

10:07 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Warren is talking to her team to assess path forward

From CNN's MJ Lee

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is talking to her team to assess the path forward this morning, a Warren aide tells CNN.

Warren lost her home state of Massachusetts to Joe Biden, a jarring and perhaps final insult to her presidential campaign on another disappointing primary night.

7:10 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Anti-Sanders super PAC founder: "Moderates are the clear majority in the party"

By CNN's Michael Warren

Anti-Bernie Sanders super PAC founder Jonathan Kott, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, was triumphant Tuesday night after the Vermont senator's disappointing second-place finish in several Super Tuesday state's primaries.

"I think once voters get to know Bernie Sanders, they reject him," he told CNN. "He's losing, and moderates are the clear majority in the party."

Kott started the PAC, the Big Tent Project, after last month's New Hampshire primary, when he said a group of Democratic donors approached him with concerns Sanders could be running away with the nomination without an exploration of his record.

Big Tent raised an initial $2 million before the South Carolina primary, Kott told CNN last week. He said it spent on targeted mailers and digital ads that were critical of Sanders and cast him as unrealistic and unelectable.

Kott told CNN on Monday that since former Vice President Joe Biden won South Carolina's primary, Big Tent raised an additional $4 million. Nearly all of that, Kott said, was going to digital ads targeting voters in Super Tuesday states.

The super PAC got the attention of Sanders himself on Monday, when he told reporters that Kott and his group should disclose its donors. The senator also called the effort a part of the party's corporate establishment trying to stop him from winning the nomination.

7:11 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

What Trump is tweeting about Super Tuesday this morning

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Trump is up and tweeting before 7 a.m. ET this morning, again claiming that the “Democrat establishment” is working against Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020 Presidential campaign. 

CNN projects that Former Vice President Joe Biden will win 9 states, compared to three states for Sanders. Maine and California are too close to call.

3:02 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Biden wins Texas, CNN projects

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Mike Blake/Reuters

Joe Biden will defeat Bernie Sanders in Texas, CNN projects, in a dramatic and surprising Super Tuesday victory for his resurgent campaign.

This is his ninth win tonight. Texas has 228 delegates at stake.

Who won in 2016: Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Democratic primary and Ted Cruz won the Republican primary. 


1:59 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Here's where things stand in Texas right now

Joe Biden is holding his lead over Bernie Sanders in Texas right now.

With 82% of the vote in, Biden is leading with 33.2% over Sanders, who has 29.3%.

Important note: There are 228 delegates at stake in Texas.


2:17 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Los Angeles County polls close despite Sanders request to remain open

From CNN's Jon Passantino

Voters wait to cast their ballots at Mendez High School in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3.
Voters wait to cast their ballots at Mendez High School in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3. Stefanie Dazio/AP

Los Angeles County polling places closed Tuesday night despite an emergency motion filed by the Bernie Sanders campaign requesting to keep them open until 10 p.m. local time, L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said.

Voters already in line at the time of closing at 8 p.m. local time were allowed to cast their vote, Logan said.

1:54 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Late deciders were Biden's strength in Texas

From CNN's Tami Luhby

Late deciders helped power former Vice President Joe Biden to a leading position in the delegate-rich state’s Democratic primary.

Nearly half of voters who picked their candidate in the last few days supported Biden, who jump-started his campaign with a big win in South Carolina on Saturday.

Only 1 in 5 of the late deciders, just under a quarter of the Democratic electorate, chose Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Biden’s surge after South Carolina attracted some voters in demographic groups that were solidly in Sanders’ corner. While the senator was the top choice among Hispanic voters in general, those who decided in the last few days were likelier to go for Biden. More than a third selected the former vice president, while fewer than 3 in 10 picked Sanders.

Liberal Texans who made up their minds in the final days also went for Biden, who garnered about 1 in 5 of their voters, versus only about a quarter who supported Sanders. Among liberals in general, the figures were essentially reversed.

And among voters age 44 or younger who decided recently, Biden narrowed the gap between him and Sanders. Just under a third selected the former vice president, while just over a third picked Sanders. But among those who decided earlier, nearly two-third supported Sanders and just 1 in 10 chose Biden.


1:18 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Is there a ceiling on the Sanders coalition?

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Matt Rourke/AP
Matt Rourke/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders has argued again and again that he can build the biggest coalition of voters — and when turnout is high, he wins. Tonight, neither of those were true.

Turnout was up — dramatically in some cases — and it favored Joe Biden. Particularly in the suburbs of Virginia, North Carolina and Texas.

Sanders has not shown that he can expand his coalition from 2016 — in many cases his votes have gone down.

Tonight one of the biggest takeaways of the night: Is there a ceiling on the Sanders’ coalition?

The Sanders campaign is pointing to California — holding out hope that gains there will overtake an overall disappointing night for Sanders — but that doesn’t change the fact that the Joe Biden coalition is growing.

A Sanders adviser concedes the campaign will have to grow, pointing to younger voters as a potential area.

Sanders’ coalition is sticky, but so far, it’s static.