Biden, and possibly Bloomberg, are the only Democrat candidates who have a prayer of beating Sanders. Klobuchar and Buttigieg, who performed relatively well in the white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, did terribly among non-whites in Nevada. Warren continued to underperform across the board, and is set to bomb again next week. The percentages of voter support, by race, the top candidates received tonight:
Self-proclaimed socialist Sanders does best of all among Hispanics, the nation’s newest Americans. Boomercons who love immigration but hate socialism are BTFO.
Biden’s black advantage wasn’t as wide as it had been showing in national polls prior to Iowa, but he still managed to beat Sanders with a comfortable margin among them. Biden’s support in South Carolina, where blacks will comprise an outright majority of Democrat primary voters, suggested he is poised to win next week.
That provides the corporate media some pretense for crafting a comeback story–after finishing fourth and fifth in the first two states, he improves to second place in the third state and then wins the fourth contest free and clear. If they’re desperate enough, maybe they even put the full court press on president Obama to get him to endorse his former loyal lieutenant.
The establishment’s Bloomberg Hail Mary looks like a pick six. He has infinite resources and thus perpetual staying power, but his debate performance was atrocious, and that debate performance comes mere days before Biden shows he is still hanging on by his fingernails as the one non-Sanders candidate who conceivably has a path to victory. That Biden comeback, already a long shot, is made even more difficult by Bloomberg’s presence.
It is becoming exceedingly difficult to see how the establishment is going to steal the nomination from Sanders at this point.