2020 primary reveals the democratic party’s presumptive nominee


Nick Meyle, Staff Writer

The long, winding, and at times unpredictable primary for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination seems to have come to an end. Joe Biden is the party’s presumptive nominee for President of the United States come November 3rd. 

The former Vice President under Barack Obama, Biden is politically a moderate democrat. From Delaware, he served as a U.S. Senator for a number of years before being chosen in 2008 to be Obama’s running mate. Biden is known for his support of the Affordable Care Act, investing in renewable energy, increasing education funding, and maintaining global U.S. alliances, among other things. His voters cite his experience and centered viewpoints as reasons he would be good for the country. Biden has seen large support from many demographics, with some of his biggest being African Americans, suburbanites and blue-collar union workers. 

Despite a rocky start in the first three primary states, the Biden Campaign surged with support in South Carolina, and since then has been winning most primaries and racking up delegates. Since Super Tuesday nearly every state has favored the former Vice President, sometimes by tallies of up to 80%. In Michigan, Biden won roughly 53% of the vote and every single county. Along with this, multiple influential figures and workers unions have endorsed Biden, further enlarging his democratic base. Some notable ones were the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters), civil rights advocate John Lewis, and many former presidential candidates. 

Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, was the other big contender for the Democratic nomination. Running on a progressive agenda, Sanders did well in the first three states, however, began to falter as voting went on. By mid-March, he was trailing Biden by over 300 delegates and up to 20% in the polls, an amount significant enough to influence him to suspend his campaign on April 8th. Sanders endorsed Biden upon ending his race.

Reaction to Biden’s victory with the nomination has been mixed. Many farther left on the political spectrum were disappointed that a moderate won, however, the majority of Democrats seem to be content with his victory. Matt Chase, a senior at Portage Central, supported Sanders in the primary but has said he will vote for Biden in the general election.

“Of course I’ll vote for Biden, I just feel many of Sanders’ ideas are things that we should already have but don’t,” Chase said. “Yeah, some of his policies would have been hard to achieve. Yet, like most things in life, it is the difficult tasks that are the most important.”

The 2020 Democratic Convention has been postponed due to COVID-19, however, whenever it is rescheduled is when Biden will formally accept the nomination. Until then, he will be busy searching for someone to be his running mate in the 2020 Presidential Election.