A lot of eyes have been on the March 3 Super Tuesday Democratic presidential primaries and particularly Texas.
The state's 228 pledged Democratic National Convention delegates are about two and a half times the 90 awarded in the first four states – Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Texas is second to California's 419, among the 14 states and one territory voting on March 3. Altogether, 1,344 pledged delegates will be awarded – about a third of the 3,979 pledged delegates nationally.
Former Vice President Joe Biden's strong comeback in South Carolina's primary Saturday – 48% against front-runner Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' 20 – following mediocre performances in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, brought his delegate count almost even.
Saturday evening, billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out. Pete Buttigieg did so Sunday.
Moderate Democrats in Texas and other states worry that Democratic Socialist Sanders could lose to Donald Trump in November and cost Democratic congressional and legislative races down-ballot. Many who favored others may coalesce behind Biden as the most electable moderate alternative to Sanders.
The convention has 3,979 pledged delegates, allocated among states based on their past votes for Democrats.
Any candidate who amasses 1,991 pledged delegates before the July 13-16 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis. wins the nomination outright.
If no candidate has a majority, the choice will go to the convention. That would add 771 unpledged delegates-members of congress, and other Democratic officials – who can vote for whomever they want.