The Magic Number on Super Tuesday

The Magic Number on Super Tuesday

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The final days before the Super Tuesday primaries are always a blur of states, rallies and campaigning. Here’s a taste of what the trail is like from our candidate reporters.

Reid Epstein, covering Pete Buttigieg: Before Mr. Buttigieg dropped out, he was in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama on Saturday and Sunday. It felt a bit like a farewell tour, and in the end, it was. But we haven’t heard the last from the 38-year-old former South Bend mayor. He’s likely to be an eager surrogate for Mr. Biden, and don’t forget the chant at his withdrawal speech: “Twenty-twenty-four, twenty-twenty-four.”

Nick Corasaniti, covering Amy Klobuchar: The Klomentum has finally come to a halt. Smack in the middle of a four-day, 11-state swing, Ms. Klobuchar decided to drop out and endorse Joe Biden tonight at a rally in Dallas. Though she was coming off two consecutive sixth-place finishes in Nevada and South Carolina, Ms. Klobuchar was pinning her Super Tuesday hopes on a win in her home state, Minnesota. Now that she’s dropped out, Minnesota and its 75 delegates could be a prime pickup for Mr. Sanders, who won the state in the 2016 primary, or perhaps for someone else.

Sydney Ember, covering Bernie Sanders: By the time polls begin to close on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders will have been in eight states in six days (South Carolina, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Utah, Minnesota, Vermont) as he looks to amass an insurmountable delegate lead on Super Tuesday. The swing has been frantic and exhausting — Mr. Sanders himself has seemed somewhat drained by the end of some days, with a hoarse voice — but his campaign is optimistic and determined heading into Tuesday.

Katie Glueck, covering Joe Biden: Mr. Biden split his time on Saturday between South Carolina, which he won resoundingly, and North Carolina, and then jetted to Alabama overnight. He participated in a ceremony and church service in remembrance of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, then headed to Norfolk, Va., for a raucous rally — something he virtually never had in the heavily white states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He spent Monday campaigning in Texas. The mood in the Biden camp is, as one donor put it, euphoric. He faces enormous challenges on Super Tuesday, but there is the sense that he’s back in the game and that a number of external dynamics — Mr. Buttigieg’s exit from the race, for example — are breaking his way. Super Tuesday, which will unfold in states where he has been vastly outspent and out-organized, will test how long that good mood lasts.

Tom Kaplan, covering Michael Bloomberg: Mr. Bloomberg campaigned in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas over the weekend before traveling to Washington to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday. Then he returned to Virginia, and he planned to spend Tuesday in Florida, which votes on March 17. Mr. Biden’s comeback is adding to the uncertainty for Mr. Bloomberg in Tuesday’s contests. A moment from the weekend that did not inspire confidence in Mr. Bloomberg’s standing: When he and Mr. Biden appeared at the same church in Selma on Sunday, Mr. Biden was greeted enthusiastically, while Mr. Bloomberg faced a very different reception, with some attendees standing and turning their backs on him while he spoke.

Astead Herndon, covering Elizabeth Warren: Ms. Warren has, as she calls it, persisted through disappointing results in the early states. In the last four days, she has attended rallies in Arkansas, Texas, California and South Carolina, and on Super Tuesday she will be in Michigan, which votes March 10. There continues to be pressure on her to drop out of the race, thrust on her by supporters of Mr. Sanders who see the moderate wing consolidating. However, that is an unlikely result: Ms. Warren wants to pitch herself as an alternative to Mr. Biden, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Bloomberg. She is set to give a speech in Los Angeles tonight.

Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar were really holding down the average age!

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