Anti-Sanders super PAC founder: "Moderates are the clear majority in the party"
By CNN's Michael Warren
Anti-Bernie Sanders super PAC founder Jonathan Kott, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, was triumphant Tuesday night after the Vermont senator's disappointing second-place finish in several Super Tuesday state's primaries.
"I think once voters get to know Bernie Sanders, they reject him," he told CNN. "He's losing, and moderates are the clear majority in the party."
Kott started the PAC, the Big Tent Project, after last month's New Hampshire primary, when he said a group of Democratic donors approached him with concerns Sanders could be running away with the nomination without an exploration of his record.
Big Tent raised an initial $2 million before the South Carolina primary, Kott told CNN last week. He said it spent on targeted mailers and digital ads that were critical of Sanders and cast him as unrealistic and unelectable.
The super PAC got the attention of Sanders himself on Monday, when he told reporters that Kott and his group should disclose its donors. The senator also called the effort a part of the party's corporate establishment trying to stop him from winning the nomination.
7:11 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
What Trump is tweeting about Super Tuesday this morning
From CNN's Nikki Carvajal
President Trump is up and tweeting before 7 a.m. ET this morning, again claiming that the “Democrat establishment” is working against Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020 Presidential campaign.
CNN projects that Former Vice President Joe Biden will win 9 states, compared to three states for Sanders. Maine and California are too close to call.
3:02 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
Biden wins Texas, CNN projects
Joe Biden will defeat Bernie Sanders in Texas, CNN projects, in a dramatic and surprising Super Tuesday victory for his resurgent campaign.
This is his ninth win tonight. Texas has 228 delegates at stake.
Who won in 2016: Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Democratic primary and Ted Cruz won the Republican primary.
1:59 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
Here's where things stand in Texas right now
Joe Biden is holding his lead over Bernie Sanders in Texas right now.
With 82% of the vote in, Biden is leading with 33.2% over Sanders, who has 29.3%.
Important note: There are 228 delegates at stake in Texas.
2:17 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
Los Angeles County polls close despite Sanders request to remain open
From CNN's Jon Passantino
Los Angeles County polling places closed Tuesday night despite an emergency motion filed by the Bernie Sanders campaign requesting to keep them open until 10 p.m. local time, L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said.
Voters already in line at the time of closing at 8 p.m. local time were allowed to cast their vote, Logan said.
1:54 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
Late deciders were Biden's strength in Texas
From CNN's Tami Luhby
Late deciders helped power former Vice President Joe Biden to a leading position in the delegate-rich state’s Democratic primary.
Nearly half of voters who picked their candidate in the last few days supported Biden, who jump-started his campaign with a big win in South Carolina on Saturday.
Only 1 in 5 of the late deciders, just under a quarter of the Democratic electorate, chose Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Biden’s surge after South Carolina attracted some voters in demographic groups that were solidly in Sanders’ corner. While the senator was the top choice among Hispanic voters in general, those who decided in the last few days were likelier to go for Biden. More than a third selected the former vice president, while fewer than 3 in 10 picked Sanders.
Liberal Texans who made up their minds in the final days also went for Biden, who garnered about 1 in 5 of their voters, versus only about a quarter who supported Sanders. Among liberals in general, the figures were essentially reversed.
And among voters age 44 or younger who decided recently, Biden narrowed the gap between him and Sanders. Just under a third selected the former vice president, while just over a third picked Sanders. But among those who decided earlier, nearly two-third supported Sanders and just 1 in 10 chose Biden.
1:18 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
Is there a ceiling on the Sanders coalition?
From CNN's Jeff Zeleny
Sen. Bernie Sanders has argued again and again that he can build the biggest coalition of voters — and when turnout is high, he wins. Tonight, neither of those were true.
Turnout was up — dramatically in some cases — and it favored Joe Biden. Particularly in the suburbs of Virginia, North Carolina and Texas.
Sanders has not shown that he can expand his coalition from 2016 — in many cases his votes have gone down.
Tonight one of the biggest takeaways of the night: Is there a ceiling on the Sanders’ coalition?
The Sanders campaign is pointing to California — holding out hope that gains there will overtake an overall disappointing night for Sanders — but that doesn’t change the fact that the Joe Biden coalition is growing.
A Sanders adviser concedes the campaign will have to grow, pointing to younger voters as a potential area.
Sanders’ coalition is sticky, but so far, it’s static.
1:13 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020
Biden has barely visited any of the states he's projected to win
From CNN's Sarah Mucha
Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Tennessee all have in common — former Vice President Joe Biden claimed victory in those states last night.
But there's something else they have in common: Biden spent little to no time at all campaigning in any of these states ahead of the March nominating contest.
Biden never visited Arkansas, Minnesota or Oklahoma since launching his campaign in April 2019. Biden visited Tennessee one time in May for a fundraiser and visited Massachusetts only for finance events, not holding a single campaign rally in the state.
In the Super Tuesday states, which have been projected thus far, Biden only held rallies in North Carolina and Virginia.
Before the week leading up to March 3, Biden held only one rally in North Carolina in October. He joined former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for a Get Out the Vote event there, but it was not a campaign-sponsored event.
Biden held one campaign rally each in North Carolina and Virginia the weekend ahead of Super Tuesday. Granted, the enthusiasm of the crowds was unmatched to anything Biden had seen in the early states, especially Iowa or New Hampshire, and at least one thousand people came to each event. Compare that to Iowa, where Biden held over 120 public events, including four bus tours.
After his campaign shifted into a new strategy in the state in November 2019, it poured much of its resources and even more of the candidates’ time spent holding events where at times he struggled to fill a room with more than one hundred people. He ultimately came in fourth place in the Hawkeye State.