Tulsi Gabbard on stage in an event held in San Francisco on Feb. 29. (Layna Salinas )
Tulsi Gabbard on stage in an event held in San Francisco on Feb. 29.

Layna Salinas

California Democratic Presidential Primary Takes Place on Super Tuesday

March 11, 2020

California and 13 other states voted on March 3, with expectations that Sen. Bernie Sanders would win most of the Super Tuesday states, with 1,357 delegates up for grabs.

California and 13 other states voted on Super Tuesday, which occurred on March 3, with the expectation that Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders would win — with 1,357 delegates at stake for the Democratic Nomination. Early voting began on the day of the Iowa Caucuses, Feb. 3, and it lasted for a full month. 

As a result, registered voters could either vote by mail or go to their nearest polling place, where people could either vote electronically or by paper. In a polling place in Daly City, people could either vote on paper or electronically, as Jacque Taliafero, a voting ballot staffer said while early voting was still taking place. Despite concerns regarding e-voting, it is designed to count the votes in a more efficient way and it saves time when counting votes all in all. 

“The difference between these plates [paper ballots] and the ballot marking tablets [machine ballots] is that it’s supposed to be easier for the voter and easier for those who count the votes,” Taliafero said.

 A week prior to Super Tuesday, on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, two Bernie for California canvassers came to Skyline College in a bid to urge people there to support and vote for Sen. Sanders in the California Primaries, with just a week to go. In fact, several California polls released prior to Super Tuesday showed that Sen. Sanders would win the California Democratic Primary. 

“Really excited about Sen. Bernie Sanders’s prospects in California,” Bernie for California canvasser Stephane Barile said. “A lot of Californians will come out and support him. We have a large immigrant population or recent people whose parents were immigrants, so I think they will also come out strongly in support of Bernie. One thing he wants to do is to abolish ICE.” 

Aside from abolishing ICE, healthcare is the top priority among the students at Skyline College, and in most states that voted on Super Tuesday. 

“As usual, Medicare for All tops the list of concerns for people,” Morris Beatty, a Bernie for California canvasser said. “And it’s not always just the students that are needing it, but (also) their family members.” 

 

As South Carolina, a state Biden won, voted on Feb. 29, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Sanders came to the San Francisco Bay Area to rally support prior to Super Tuesday. Rep. Gabbard’s town hall initially said that it was to start at 12 p.m. on Feb. 29, but it later turned out that it would begin at 4 p.m. in San Francisco, where she told the audience that she vowed to stay in the Democratic Presidential race regardless of the results of Super Tuesday. 

The following day, on March 1, Sen. Sanders rallied to a large audience of his supporters just a couple of days before voting on Super Tuesday. Given the large support for Sen. Sanders among Latinos in California and Texas, where they comprise a sizable percentage of the population. Sen. Sanders led initially at first in Texas, but former Vice President Joe Biden ended up winning Texas and nine other Super Tuesday states. 

When the polls closed at 8 p.m. in California, it showed that Sen. Sanders was widely expected to win the California Presidential Primary after a month of early voting took place throughout the state. As of Friday, the votes are still being counted and Sen. Sanders is widely expected to win, but it could take up to a month before the winner of the California Democratic Primary can finally be declared. However, Biden currently leads the delegate count, followed by Sen. Sanders, who led in delegate count until the night of Super Tuesday.

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