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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Super Tuesday: Another Epic Journey

In Defying the Odds, we discuss the 2016 campaign. The 2019 update includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms. The 2020 race, the subject of our next book, is well under way.

One could say that Biden started off as a heavy favorite and swept Super Tuesday a year later. To quote Jim Ceaser in the the prologue to Epic Journey: ". It would be akin to summarizing Homer's Odyssey by saying that Odysseus set out after the Trojan War to return home and got there."

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at NYT:
The Democratic presidential race emerged from Super Tuesday with two clear front-runners as Joseph R. Biden Jr. won Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and at least six other states, largely through support from African-Americans and moderates, while Senator Bernie Sanders harnessed the backing of liberals and young voters to claim the biggest prize of the campaign, California, and several other primaries.

The returns across the country on the biggest night of voting suggested that the Democratic contest was increasingly focused on two candidates who are standard-bearers for competing wings of the party, Mr. Biden in the political center and Mr. Sanders on the left. Their two other major rivals, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Michael R. Bloomberg, were on track to finish well behind them and faced an uncertain path forward.