Once considered the front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is on track to lose her home state of Massachusetts in the March 3 Super Tuesday primary, according to a pair of polls released this week.
A YouGov/UMass poll released Thursday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) edging out Warren in the Bay State, 25% to 23%, followed by Pete Buttigieg (14%), Joe Biden (12%), and Mike Bloomberg (9%). The study was conducted February 18-24.
Meanwhile, a study released Friday by MassINC Polling found the Vermont democratic socialist beating Warren in her own state by 8 percentage points, 25% to 17%. Similar to the YouGov poll, the two progressives are followed by Buttigieg (14%), Bloomberg (13%), and Biden (9%). The study was taken Feb. 23-26.
'I'm staying in the race'
Despite not having won a single primary contest thus far and polls showing her trailing in the commonwealth of Massachusetts and unlikely to carry any Super Tuesday state where 40% of the electorate is eligible to vote, Warren insists she will not be dropping out of the race before the DNC convention this summer.
According to USA Today, Warren indicated at a CNN town hall event that she would likely remain in the contest through July even if she does not have the most delegates among the candidates in the field.
"A lot of people made $5 contributions to my campaign to keep me in it," she said. "And as long as they want me to stay in this race, I'm staying in this race. That, and I've done a lot of pinkie promises out there, so I gotta stay in this. I've told little girls, 'We persist.'"
USA Today explained that pursuant to rules established by the Democratic National Committee, "a candidate must have the support of a majority of the 3,979 available pledged delegates to lock up the nomination on the first ballot."
However, if no candidate hits the 1,991 delegates votes needed, "the 'contested convention' moves to a second ballot, which would include 771 unpledged delegates — better known as 'superdelegates' — who are composed of elected officials and Democratic Party leaders."
Hoping that 'superdelegates' do not back Sanders
Warren seems to be hoping for the 771 "superdelegates" to see her as an alternative to Sanders that can unite the party's progressive and "moderate" coalitions.
As TheBlaze reported Thursday, the New York Times interviewed 93 of the 771 "superdelegates" and found that 84 of them were unwilling to support Sanders at the party's nominating convention in Milwaukee.