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Bernie Sanders says he will drop out if Joe Biden has more delegates by the convention — even if he doesn’t have the majority

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will drop out of the Democratic primary if, by the time of the Democratic National Convention, former Vice President Joe Biden has a plurality of delegates, Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday.

What’s this about?

Democratic primary candidates need a majority (1,991 delegates) in order to secure the nomination. Projections have shown throughout the primary so far that there is a significant chance that no candidate gets that many.

If no candidate gets a majority, the primary goes to a second ballot. Superdelegates can vote on the second ballot. Superdelegates make up about 15% of all delegates, and can include major elected officials, former presidents or vice presidents, and prominent members of the Democratic National Committee.

So what is Sanders saying?

Sanders is saying he will concede the nomination to Biden, even if Biden only has a plurality, rather than a majority, of delegates. In doing so, Sanders said he would forfeit a chance to win the nomination through a contested convention because he doesn’t want a person with fewer votes potentially winning the nomination.

“I think it would be a real, real disaster for the Democratic Party,” Sanders said of a contested convention. “People would say ‘the person who won the most votes didn’t get selected.’ Not a good idea.”

Why would he do this?

On one hand, you could view this as Sanders sticking to his dislike of superdelegates and his loyalty to the will of the people. More likely, however, Sanders is probably just trying to set a standard for the convention that he hopes Biden will follow if Sanders enters the convention with a plurality.

The truth is, if Biden enters the convention with a plurality and Sanders pushes it to the second ballot, Biden would likely win most of the superdelegates and get the nomination anyway because he’s the establishment candidate. Sanders conceding would just make that process easier. But if Sanders, who is openly hostile to the Democratic establishment, enters with a plurality and Biden pushes it to a second ballot, there’s a significant chance that Sanders will have the nomination taken from him.

Right now, Biden has 595 delegates and Sanders has 528. Biden has all the momentum right now, having won 580 of his 595 delegates in the past seven days with big wins in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday.

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Joe Biden beats Bernie Sanders in Texas and wins enough in California to cap off Super Tuesday rout

Joe Biden added an exclamation point to his Super Tuesday rout in the Democratic primary campaign when the contest in Texas was called in his favor.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was expected to take Texas, but the former vice president added the “Lone Star State” to his delegate haul early Wednesday morning. Exit polling showed that Biden won on the strength of overwhelming support in the African American community.

Biden also appeared on track to reach the 15 % threshold in California in order to prevent Sanders from winning all of the state’s delegates.

“Biden is having about as good a night as it’s possible to have imagined,” responded MSNBC host Joy Reid.

Furthering Sanders’ problems in California, billionaire Mike Bloomberg appeared to be heading towards reaching the threshold as well, which would reduce Sanders’ delegate count from the state.

Earlier on Tuesday Biden defeated Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) soundly in her own home state, despite not having a campaign presence or dedicating many resources to Massachusetts. Warren signaled Tuesday evening that she intended to stay in the race.

While the presidential nomination is not guaranteed for Biden, the sound victories on Super Tuesday put the possibility firmly within his grasp.

Here’s more about the Super Tuesday elections:

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Breaking: Liz Warren loses home state to Joe Biden, Trump mocks her in a tweet

In a stunning rebuke of her candidacy by the voters, Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren lost the presidential primary election in her home state of Massachusetts.

The state was called for frontrunner Joe Biden on Super Tuesday.

Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took second place at the time the race was called.

The embarrassing showing in her home state will only bolster calls for the senator to drop out of the democratic primary contest. Going into the primary elections on Tuesday, the competition was shaking out to be a contest between the former vice president and Sanders.

President Donald Trump sent out a mocking tweet after the news that Warren had lost her home state.

“Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren, other than Mini Mike, was the loser of the night. She didn’t even come close to winning her home state of Massachusetts,” he tweeted.

“Well, now she can just sit back with her husband and have a nice cold beer!” he added, referring to an Instagram video Warren posted of herself enjoying a beer.

Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Fox News that this should spell certain doom for Warren’s campaign.

“Nobody has ever been nominated for president who did not have sufficient support in their state,” said Rove.

“And for her to come out of this, there is no way to recover from this,” he added.

“The voters are practical,” Rove concluded, “and if the people who know you best don’t like ya, even if there are explanations for that, it’s gonna be hard to say, well my people in my own state that I represent rejected me, but you oughta adopt me and support me.”

Here’s the latest on Warren’s disappointment in Massachusetts:

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Bloomberg spent $18.4 million for exactly one delegate in Virginia and North Carolina

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is projected to earn just one extremely expensive delegate from the Democratic primary contests in Virginia and North Carolina.

The Bloomberg campaign reportedly spent $18.4 million on ads in the two states in the lead-up to Super Tuesday voting, and yet is slated to walk away with next-to-nothing of political value.

According to an ad spending analysis by NBC News, Bloomberg dropped $5.6 million in Virginia and $12.8 million in North Carolina. But at the time of this story’s publication, the billionaire candidate had earned only 10% of the vote in Virginia and 14% of the vote in North Carolina — amounting to one delegate from the latter.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, won decisive victories in both states despite spending just $449,000 on advertising — a drop in the bucket compared to Bloomberg’s expenditures. Biden is projected to walk away with 108 delegates between the two states.

The statistics will likely get worse for Bloomberg

Though Bloomberg will likely pick up a handful of delegates for his efforts Tuesday night in delegate-rich states such as Texas and Colorado, it will not balance with the amount of money his campaign spent in those states.

In Super Tuesday states alone, the Bloomberg campaign reportedly spent more than $234 million on advertising, which is more than 10 times the amount that any of his opponents spent. In total, the campaign has spent over half a billion dollars on ads.

After disappointing results continued to roll in Tuesday night, news broke that Bloomberg was going to reassess whether to stay in the race.