Joe Biden’s dominance in southern states with high African American populations continued on Tuesday night with what is expected to be a resounding victory in Alabama.
As the polls closed in the state, NBC News projected that the former vice president would finish first when all the votes are counted.
The fact that Alabama was called so early for Biden indicates that, like in South Carolina, the former VP’s margin of victory will likely be wide.
Alabama’s importance shouldn’t be downplayed
Joe Biden’s victory in South Carolina turned the political world upside down and sent the former vice president into Super Tuesday with the wind at his back.
While much attention was rightly paid to Biden’s victory in the Palmetto State, Alabama seems to have gotten lost in a flurry of other states that are weighing in on Super Tuesday.
But Alabama’s importance shouldn’t be downplayed. Not only are the demographics similar to South Carolina’s, but the state is worth 52 delegates – just two fewer than South Carolina’s 54 delegates.
Ultimately, Biden’s victory in the state shows that what happened in South Carolina is no fluke. He continues to be dominant in southern states with a sizable percentage of African American voters.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.