Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders squared off for a one-on-one presidential debate on March 15 ahead of another batch of large states voting on Tuesday. With Biden securing a comfortable delegate lead in the last round of primary voting, the fate of the Sanders campaign could come down to March 17.
For the four states voting this coming Tuesday, all show a strong lead for Biden winning a majority of the delegates from each state. Florida, with 219 delegates up for grabs, shows Biden leading by an average of 42 points on Sanders. Illinois, with 155 delegates, has Biden with an average lead of 29 percent.
Just one month ago, Sanders was looking like the clear frontrunner in a still-populated Democratic primary field, with Biden seemingly fading from the spotlight. However, after a strong showing in South Carolina, Biden gained the support of candidates like Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar who dropped out to rally behind the former vice president. Since then, the roles of Sanders and Biden have essentially reversed, with Biden steadily taking a dominant lead in the race and Sanders beginning to struggle to stay afloat.