Untangling the 2020 Presidential Debates: Super Tuesday, Potential Democratic Candidates, and the Republican Party

Miranda Kawiecki, Contributing Writer

As the 2020 Presidential Debate rapidly approaches, the Democratic lineup has narrowed down to its last three potential candidates: Joe Biden, Tulsi Gabbard, and Bernie Sanders out of the previous 29 running mates. The Democratic running party witnessed a major downturn as former candidates Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigeg, and Mike Bloomberg dropped out just last week. Most recently, on March 6th, Elizabeth Warren left the race. The candidates most likely felt apprehensive following Super Tuesday’s results on March 4th. Super Tuesday is the day on which the greatest number of states hold caucuses and primaries, the process by which states vote for which candidate they prefer. The largest number of delegates are voted by states to go to presidential nominating conventions– these primaries can make or break a candidate’s chance of continuing in the race to president. 

Bloomberg faced disappointment in Super Tuesday polls as Biden, with unprecedented strength, gathered the most victories even over his equally competitive running mate, Sanders.  It is clear that the cost of millions did not match the price of failing to attract voters. However, he displayed his support for Biden by endorsing the Democratic candidate and remains optimistic in Democrats beating Trump to the White House. Aside from Bloomberg’s downfall, Warren fell short on Tuesday, collecting zero victories in any states including her home-state, Massachusetts. Unlike Warren, Tulsi Gabbard managed to gain second place in the American Samoa caucuses on Super Tuesday. Retrospectively, she has lacked in polls and has a shaky history. Winning these caucuses will likely not change her position as a weak competitor but that does not mean that we will not see her on the stage at the debate. As the race to the White House continues, it appears that Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden will be the last Democratic candidates to rise from the ashes of the competitive and oftentimes heated fight to be the next president.

The Republican 2020 debate is anything but competitive with Donald Trump leading the race against the lesser known Bill Weld. Bill Weld does exist– however, the media has not covered Trump’s current and past competitors due to their irrelevance in the debate. Within the states of Kansas, Alaska, South Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada, state delegates cancelled their Republican primaries/caucuses in full support of the current president. Republican primaries may be considered altogether useless as Trump remains unparalleled, winning the votes of 833 delegates in the primaries. Consequently, Weld managed to only win a single Vermont delegate.