Joe Biden’s campaign back on track after Super Tuesday success

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary election night

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary election night campaign rally. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) - Credit: AP

A resurgent Joe Biden has swept to victory across the country on so-called Super Tuesday.

Biden's campaign to become the Democrat candidate for president was boosted by primary wins in many states but Super Tuesday's biggest prize went to rival Bernie Sanders.

The former vice president's campaign received a timely rebound after disappointing showings at previous contests as he emerged victorious in states including Texas, Massachusetts, Alabama and South Carolina.

But Sanders took California as the Democratic Party's once-crowded presidential field appeared to transform into a two-man contest.

It was a disappointing evening for Mike Bloomberg whose sole victory was in the territory of American Samoa, while Elizabeth Warren was defeated in her home state of Massachusetts by Biden.

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Sanders and Biden, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for America's future, were battling for delegates as 14 states and one US territory held a series of high-stakes elections that marked the most significant day of voting in the party's 2020 presidential nomination fight.

Biden played on one of his rival's lines when he told a rally in Los Angeles: "People are talking about a revolution. We started a movement."

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And without citing his surging rival by name, Sanders swiped at Biden from a victory speech in Burlington, Vermont.

"You cannot beat Trump with the same-old, same-old kind of politics," he said, ticking down a list of past policy differences with Biden on social security, trade and military force.

"This will become a contrast in ideas."

A key to Biden's success on Tuesday was black voters.

Biden, who served two terms as Barack Obama's vice president, won 60% of the black vote in Alabama, where African Americans made up more than half the Democratic electorate on Tuesday.

In Biden and Sanders, Democrats have a stark choice in what kind of candidate they want to run against President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders is a 78-year-old democratic socialist who relies on an energised coalition of his party's far-left flank that embraces his decades-long fight to transform the nation's political and economic systems.

While Biden is a 77-year-old lifelong leader of his party's Washington establishment who emphasises a more pragmatic approach to core policy issues like health care and climate change.

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