June 6 , 2020 - After a lifetime in politics and a third bid for the White House , Joe Biden has secured enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president. During a primary season that has seen many states primaries postponed and rescheduled due to Covid 19 , Biden secured the nomination after the Democratic primary in Guam gave him the final few delegates he needed to cross the 1,991 required delegate threshold.
Following his victory Biden said "It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded , and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party. I am going to spend every day between now and November 3rd fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this country so that , together , we can win the battle for the soul of this nation , and make sure that as we rebuild our economy , everyone comes along."
Biden will formally accept the presidential nomination in Milwaukee , Wisconsin at the Democratic National Convention which begins on Monday August 17 ,2020.
April 8 , 2020 - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has ended his run for the Democratic nomination for president. Having also run in 2016 for president , this brings to an end Sanders 5 years quest to become President of the United States.
In an online address to supporters , Sanders said "I wish I could give you better news , but I think you know the truth , and this is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden , and the path toward victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people though out the country , I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign."
With Sanders exit , former Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive 2020 nominee of the Democratic Party. In a salute to Senator Sanders lets take a look at the history of his candidacy in campaign buttons.
April 2 2020 - Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis the Democratic National Convention has moved from mid July to mid August. The DNC will now open on Monday August 17 , 2020 in Milwaukee , Wisconsin. The Republican National Convention will begin one week later on Monday August 24 , 2020 in Charlotte , North Carolina.
The campaigns of both former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders were consulted by Democratic Party officials in making the move.
March 30 , 2020 - The contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has just about ground to halt as the Covid 19 outbreak has affected all aspects of American life. Because social distancing guidelines have closed movie theaters , restaurants , stadiums , city parks and even beaches the idea of a campaign rally has also been suspended.
As far as the Democratic presidential race is concerned former Vice President Joe Biden stands at 1,217 of the 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Biden's last remaining competitor Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont stands at 914 delegates. A current average of national polling on the race shows Biden leading with 51% followed by Sanders with 32.5%.
Because many of the remaining states that have yet to hold their primaries have rescheduled them due to Covid 19 , June 2 , 2020 is looking as the date that the the race for the nomination will finally be settled.
On June 2 , the states of Pennsylvania , Indiana , New Mexico , Maryland , South Dakota , Delaware , New Jersey , Connecticut , Rhode Island , Montana and the District of Columbia will finally have their say. June 2 is looking to be Super Tuesday Part II.
February 14, 2020 - The Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary are in the rear view mirror as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination moves onto to Nevada and South Carolina. The latest national polling shows that Senator Bernie Sanders has gotten a bounce out of New Hampshire and now leads nationwide with 29%. Up next up is former Vice President Joe Biden who comes in a distance second at 19%. This is a quite a change in fortunes for Biden who led the race through out 2019.
Coming in a third place is a surging former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with 18%. While Biden's fall in the polls is remarkable , equally stunning is Bloomberg rapid rise who now find himself in the top tier of candidates. While Bloomberg has bypassed the first four states , he is waging an intense nationwide campaign for the states that vote on Super Tuesday , March 3 and beyond.
Fresh off his close second place finish in New Hampshire , former South Bend , Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is fourth with 11% , followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren at 10% and and Senator Amy Klobuchar at 5%.
Next up on the calendar is the Nevada Caucuses that take place on February 22 , 2020.