2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden hasn’t been spending as much time in the Super Tuesday states as one would expect ahead of the critical batch of primaries next week, and it could cost him.
A grim new report from the New York Times details the Biden campaign’s dangerously feeble ground game as Super Tuesday looms ever closer, which is perhaps best illustrated by the Times’ observation of the campaign’s padlocked office in Los Angeles–the only office Biden has in the delegate-rich state of California.
Compare that scene to the 23 offices of primary frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is expected to win big in the state and others next week, and a troubling picture of Biden’s lack of effort mere days before the crucial contests begins to emerge.
In Texas, which holds the second largest trove of delegates after California, Biden’s campaign hasn’t been knocking on nearly as many doors as the other campaigns.
“I haven’t seen anything other than the events he’s had in Texas,” Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Lone Star state’s Democratic Party, said in an interview with the Times.
The Biden campaign’s outreach in other Southern states has been similarly light, according to local party leaders.
One issue concerning Biden’s Super Tuesday strategy could be a lack of money to compete across the dozen-plus states. The Biden campaign on Wednesday announced a six-figure ad buy in southern states, according to Politico, but Biden is being outspent by his rivals.
Read the NYT’s full report here.