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Tags: doug schoen | bernie sanders | primary | democrats

Doug Schoen: Biden Has the Momentum, but Party Still Divided

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters Tuesday night. (Chris Carlson/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2020 11:28 PM EST

"It was Joe Biden's night."

That was how Democratic pollster Doug Schoen summed up the results of Tuesday's Super Tuesday primary elections.

Speaking in an exclusive Newsmax interview, Schoen said the results reflected a late-breaking, post-South Carolina shift toward Biden in the polls that was continuing even through Monday night.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored projected wins in California, Vermont, Colorado, and Utah. But Biden, who seemed in dire straits in the Super Tuesday polls just a week ago, scored projected wins in eight states including North Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

As the night wore on, Sanders was left hoping he could salvage the evening with wins in Texas and California. Maine remained too close to call.

Said Sanders to supporters, "We are going to win the Democratic nomination and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this nation."

Schoen told Newsmax he saw nothing in Tuesday's results that could help resolve the schism in the Democratic Party between its hard left and centrist wings.

"The party will appear to be divided and how they come together will continue to be a huge, huge question," he said.

Schoen stated he cannot predict whether the party would be able to reunite for the general election, if Biden defeats Sanders for the nomination.

"I remember in 1968 and how divided the party was then," he said. "I have no assurances that we will not have a bitterly divided convention."

Schoen predicted it will be increasingly difficult for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to stay in the race after placing third in her own state Tuesday behind Biden and Sanders.

Overall, he told Newsmax it is still quite uncertain who will win the Democratic presidential nomination, although he said Biden had the advantage on Tuesday. It remained unclear late Tuesday whether Biden or Sanders would emerge with the most delegates following the Tuesday primary contests.

"The momentum is with Biden, but it isn't clear to me how this will be resolved, and when we will know who the nominee will be, or whether the party will come together," he said.

Schoen has been conducting polling for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and declined to comment on his campaign.

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"It was Joe Biden's night." That was how Democratic pollster Doug Schoen summed up the results of Tuesday's Super Tuesday primary elections.
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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 11:28 PM
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