Long Lines of Young (#berniesanders) Voters, Glitches Reported in California Super Tuesday Primary
Early Returns: Bernie Sanders won 29% of the votes in California's Super Tuesday Primary, to about 22% for Joe Biden
March 5, 2020
California voters had an entire week to make it to the polls in the State's Super Tuesday primary. But many voters waited until the last day, Super Tuesday, to vote. And good for them, because many who voted early voted for candidates who dropped out of the running for US President: Amy Klobachar, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer.
Results from California indicate that Bernie Sanders won about 29% of the States primary vote. This puts the Democratic Socialist 7 points ahead of Biden, in the #2 slot with 22% of the vote. Bloomberg appears to have scored above the 15% threshold for California delegates.
"People are dropping out of line, and I don't blame them," said one local mother, who could not wait to vote in Brentwood on Tuesday. Her young daughter began fidgeting, and she gave up.
Long lines were reported at the Hammer Museum and other L.A. polling places. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was projected to finish third, behind winner Bernie Sanders and Second Place former VP Joe Biden.
California is one of 14 states holding primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as "Super Tuesday" having joined other states on the date after the signing of the Prime Time Primary Act by governor Jerry Brown on September 27, 2017, in an effort to increase the influence of the delegate-rich state in the nomination process.
Bernie Sanders appears to have won about 29% of the votes in California's Super Tuesday Primary. NBC News has already project Sanders to have won the Vermont and Colorado primaries, with Biden winning the Texas Primary by a narrow margin.
Under Democratic party rules, the threshold for a candidate to receive any delegates is 15%. Candidates receiving more than 15% of the votes will be awarded California delegates proportionate to their share of the State's vote. California is by far the biggest US State population wise.
Following the primary, district-level delegates to the national convention will be elected on April 19, 2020 in the post-primary caucus. Should presidential candidates be allocated more delegates based on the results of the primary than delegate candidates presented, then supplemental delegates will be elected at caucuses on May 9, 2020. The national convention delegation meeting will subsequently be held on May 17, 2020 to vote on the 54 pledged PLEO and 90 at-large delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 416 pledged delegates California sends to the national convention will be joined by 79 un-pledged superdelegates (30 members of the Democratic National Committee; 48 members of Congress; and the governor)
(This story was updated 3/5/2020 at 5 pm PST)