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Sanders Addresses VT Supporters On Super Tuesday; Biden Sweeps Southern States

Pat Bradley
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders hosted a Super Tuesday rally in Burlington.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders emerged as the two frontrunners in the Democratic presidential primary following Super Tuesday voting. Biden scored sweeping victories from Texas to Massachusetts, revitalizing a bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier. But Sanders seized the biggest prize with a win in California. 

At a rally in Burlington, Vermont Tuesday night, Sanders assured supporters his campaign is about defeating Republican President Trump. 

"You cannot beat Trump with the same old, same old kind of politics," Sanders announced. "What we need is a new politics that bring working-class people into our movement."

Sanders won handily in Vermont, Utah and Colorado. His win in California had 415 delegates at stake, the biggest haul on the electoral map.

But it was Biden who swept Arkansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia — and notably Massachusetts, which had appeared to be a toss-up between Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren had hoped to pull out a win in her home state after struggling to gain traction in the early Democratic primaries and caucuses. Instead she finished third behind Sanders, and the disappointing finish marks a striking collapse for the onetime favorite of progressives who was known for “having a plan” for nearly everything. 

Meantime, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to reassess his campaign after failing to win any of the Super Tuesday states. Tuesday was Bloomberg's first day of elections in the race, and he spent more than $180 million on advertising in the 14 states that voted. 

You can listen to Sanders' full speech from his Burlington rally below. 

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