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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders surged ahead in the presidential primary on Super Tuesday as they saw the number of Democratic opponents dwindle.
Elizabeth Warren suspended her campaign and Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the race after they both saw low support.
McClellan said Biden, who took 10 states by Wednesday morning, would likely have had an even bigger Super Tuesday had Bloomberg dropped out before March 4.
Sanders did well, McClellan said. However, that appears to be because of early voting. Biden pulled ahead, making for a tighter race and a potential uphill battle for Sanders going forward. He's going to have to win about two-thirds of the remaining states and beat Biden by about 3% in those states.
"The Democratic party from last night, to me, is saying we want a center-left candidate, not a candidate to the left. Because the center-left can win swing voters, win the independents, and beat Donald Trump. If you’re looking at Sanders, it’s all about galvanizing vote and getting all these new voters in there, it usually doesn't happen to the extent you need it to happen to make up for the loss of swing voters," McClellan said.
ABOUT SCOTT MCCLELLAN: Scott McClellan served as White House press secretary (2003-06) under President George W. Bush and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “What Happened.”
McClellan is the Vice President for University Affairs at Seattle University.
ABOUT RON SIMS: Ron Sims is the former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sims served under President Barack Obama from 2009-2011.
Sims was elected to the King County Council in 1985 and served 3 terms as King County Executive from 1997-2009.