In the US primaries, Democratic candidate Joe Biden received the support of three former competitors. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar have withdrawn and now stand behind Biden’s candidacy.
Then Beto O’Rourke, a candidate who left the race in November, also expressed his support for Biden at a campaign meeting of the former vice president in Dallas.
Support for Biden comes at a key moment in the primaries, which determines which Democrat will take on the Republican candidate, sitting President Donald Trump in the November presidential election.
Today is Super Tuesday, the day on which voters in fourteen states can vote for their favorite candidate. In addition, California and Texas, the two states with the largest number of inhabitants, where so many votes can be obtained.
Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are seen as the big favorites to win the Democratic nomination.
Buttigieg withdrew during the weekend to a meeting in his home town of South Bend, where he was mayor until January 1. In the first primaries, the 38-year-old former mayor was the surprising winner in the state of Iowa. But he did less well in the subsequent states. Buttigieg told his supporters that he realized that he would not succeed.
Senator Amy Klobuchar left the race not long afterwards. She was unable to prove herself as a serious candidate. She achieved her best result in New Hampshire, where she became third. Tuesday is also voted in Minnesota, the home state of Klobuchar.
Buttigieg, Biden, O’Rourke and Klobuchar are all moderate candidates. Together they want to take on the left-wing Bernie Sanders, who is leading the pre-election so far.