It’s less than half the size of Super Tuesday. But Tuesday’s collection of misfit primaries — Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington — could prove just as consequential by dealing a fatal blow to Bernie Sanders’ reeling campaign.
Michigan, with 125 delegates at stake, is the biggest prize among the 6 states voting. It was the site of Sanders’ miraculous upset win over Hillary Clinton in 2016, but the outlook seems grim for his campaign this time around: A handful of new polls released in the last two days suggest Joe Biden leads by double-digits.
All together, there are 352 delegates — representing roughly 9% of the total delegates — up for grabs. Sanders doesn’t have to win all of them, but at a minimum he can’t get blown out in Michigan, and he likely needs to win Washington — where he romped in 2016 — to have a plausible case for going forward.