By Briana Brady, Opinion Editor–
As the polls close and results roll in, Super Tuesday comes to an end. In Chattanooga, the polls were open from 8am to 8pm, and in tornado-ravaged Nashville, a judge mandated that poll hours be extended from 7pm CST until 8pm CST to provide more opportunity for displaced voters stuck in long lines in unfamiliar locations to cast their ballot.
Locally, Hamilton County Commission Chairman Randy Fairbanks conceded the race for Assessor of Property to the incumbent Marty Haynes following a heated campaign.
Regarding the Democratic primary race, overall, Former Vice President Joe Biden had a really successful night. Following endorsements from candidates who ended their campaigns including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Former Representative Beto O’Rourke, Biden had significant momentum leading up to March 3rd. Additionally, he surely gained supporters from the recently-displaced voting bases of Buttigieg and Klobuchar, and Sanders likely suffered from their dropping out and endorsing Biden because the establishment vote was no longer split as it was previously.
In Tennessee, Biden won the primary, prevailing significantly in counties in and around Memphis and Chattanooga. In Knox and Washington Counties, though, Sen. Bernie Sanders amounted higher vote totals. As was generally expected after his sweeping South Carolina win, Biden can claim a southern sweep, handily winning states including Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama amongst others outside of the region. Beyond the south, though, Biden also prevailed in states including Minnesota (thanks largely to the endorsement by Klobuchar) and Massachusetts, which deals a blow to Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her home state.
Sanders, however, can claim victory in states including Colorado, Utah, and his home state of Vermont. A bit remarkably, in Utah, Biden came in last.
Texas, one of the high-contest states due to its significant delegate count, was a close race, but Biden remarkably prevailed in a state that Sanders was expected to win. That contest, too, was likely impacted by O’Rourke’s late endorsement of Biden. Sanders, however, took the state with the biggest delegate count: California.
Struggling candidates, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, had poor showings on Tuesday, and along with Warren, could not claim victory in a single state (except Bloomberg, who won American Samoa). Whether they choose to remain in the race after witnessing the results on Super Tuesday will likely be revealed in the day(s) that follow.
Overall, the results of Super Tuesday heavily favored Biden and sustained the Sanders campaign, too, but the other candidates have some tough choices to make. The road to the nomination and the general election is far from over, though.