Joe Biden seizes frontrunner spot to take on Donald Trump following spate of wins on Super Tuesday
Joe Biden has taken a giant leap towards the Democratic nomination.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has surged into the frontrunner position to take on Donald Trump after winning nine of the 14 states that held their primaries last night, an event known as Super Tuesday.
While Bernie Sanders won the largest single prize in California, Biden picked up major wins in Virginia, Minnesota and, most importantly, Texas, to overtake Sanders in terms of overall delegate count. Biden now holds 453 delegates compared to Sanders on 382.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is now poised to drop out of the race, having won only American Samoa.
Elizabeth Warren also suffered a disappointing night. Having already performed weakly in states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, she also failed to capture first or second place in her home state of Massachusetts.
As things stand, Joe Biden now looks like the most likely candidate to win the Democratic nomination to face Donald Trump for the presidency in November.
However, there are still more than 30 states and territories left to award their delegates, and if Sanders can outperform his polling, there is still plenty of time to reclaim the momentum.
American polling aggregator FiveThirtyEight currently forecasts that the most likely outcome is that no candidate will win a majority of delegates by the Democratic National Convention in July, which would be more likely to help Biden than Sanders as the former Vice President is far better liked within the party.