The debate on Tuesday is the last before the Iowa caucus, and while Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren sparred with each other, frontrunner Joe Biden was fairly unscathed.
Overall, more people like Warren and Sanders than are satisfied with Biden.
However, they’re splitting the votes. If the Iowa caucus resembles the Iowa debate, they’re going to have a rough time.
That’s not neccessarily terrible for them — the delegates get split evenly, and can be directed to support some other candidate later down the line — but it imperils their ability to take down the frontrunner.
Warren and Sanders need either an undisputed winner or peace. A prolonged fight hands Biden the win.
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The final debate prior to the Iowa caucus included seven candidates, but just three commanded the majority of the attention, frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
While Biden has been the frontrunner for months, he escaped fairly unscathed from the contest, even considerin the critiques of his record regarding the onset of the Iraq War.
Warren and Sanders were not so lucky.
Not only did they endure the typical critiques from Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar — each of whom best appeal to less liberal wings of the party — but the debate also involved an extended dispute between the Massachusetts and Vermont senators on the big story of the week: Sanders reportedly questioning a woman’s ability to win the White House.
The inciting incident isn’t really important here. What matters is that a confrontation between Warren and Sanders was basically inevitable.
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