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Biden’s Redemption Was Delivered by Voters Who Were Done Playing the Field

  • He stumbled early in race, giving successive rivals openings
  • South Carolina victory made Biden viable again against Sanders
Attendees hold signs during a rally for Joe Biden in Los Angeles on March 3.
Attendees hold signs during a rally for Joe Biden in Los Angeles on March 3.Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Like the end of a romantic comedy, Democrats went running back to their first love on Super Tuesday, as late-deciding voters overwhelmingly backed former front-runner Joe Biden.

It was a moment that felt both surprising and inevitable, as primary voters had toyed with a number of possible suitors -- from Kamala Harris to Elizabeth Warren to Pete Buttigieg to Amy Klobuchar to Michael Bloomberg-- and nearly settled on Bernie Sanders before having second thoughts.