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Super Tuesday redux

3/6/2020, 6 a.m.
Lessons learned from Super Tuesday, the Democratic presidential primary contest held this week in Virginia and 13 other states and ...

The solution, advocates are saying, is ranked choice voting. Voters would cast ballots ranking the candidates, so if their first choice drops out of the race or is eliminated, then their vote automatically goes to their second choice.

Maine will use ranked-choice voting this fall in the presidential election — the first in the nation to do so.

The Virginia General Assembly approved a pilot program for ranked-choice voting in local elections starting in July 2021.

We think it’s a good idea.

A surge for your opponent doesn’t mean you’re being ganged up on.

Sen. Sanders’ supporters have voiced concern that Democrats who dropped out of the race, along with party officials and operatives, strategized and/or conspired to block the Democratic socialist from winning Super Tuesday states and the precious delegates needed to sew up the party’s nomination.

Yes, we believe that mainstream party loyalists are afraid of a Sanders win at the Democratic National Convention in July in Milwaukee, ultimately leading to a November match-up between Sen. Sanders and President Trump.

But we don’t see evidence so far of any underhanded efforts or Russian-style hacking to deny Sen. Sanders a fair primary contest. Until that happens, we believe Mr. Biden has won the lion’s share of Super Tuesday states fair and square.

But who knows what may happen at the convention. We hope Sen. Sanders’ positions advocating income equality by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, taxing the nation’s wealthiest individuals, providing universal health care and making public colleges tuition-free are woven into the party platform for November.

Voting systems need to be re-evaluated and changed where needed before November.

No one should have to stand in line for hours to vote like many people in Texas and California did onTuesday. Long lines are a barrier to voting and hamper our democracy.

Keep your eyes on the prize.

This may be the most important lesson of Super Tues- day — that Democrats remember what this fight is about: Beating Donald Trump.

On Tuesday night, President Trump’s re-election campaign manager tweeted out this message:

“President Trump will wipe the floor with whatever Democrat is unlucky enough to be the nominee.”

How typical and uncouth. But it’s a strong reminder that the Democrats’ contention going into Super Tuesday must be supplanted by unity and a big turnout at the ballot box in November.

Defeating President Trump is the No. 1 goal. #KeepYourEyesOnThePrize