Almost never has political momentum flipped as speedily as it did in the very first half of March, as Mr. Sanders dropped critical ground to Mr. Biden right before the coronavirus slowed their race. There are very well-known good reasons for the change: Average candidates like Mr. Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota rallied all over Mr. Biden. He enjoyed demographic positive aspects, specially with black voters. And turnout between young voters and liberal nonvoters did not surge, failing to reshape the voters as Mr. Sanders had hoped.
But past ideology, race and turnout, a chief cause for Mr. Biden’s achievement has minimal to do with his candidacy. He turned a motor vehicle for Democrats like Ms. King who had been supporting other candidates but located the prospect of Mr. Sanders and his phone calls for political revolution so distasteful that they put aside misgivings about Mr. Biden and backed him instead.
In phone interviews, dozens of Democrats, mostly aged 50 and about, who dwell in essential March principal states like Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan and Florida, mentioned that Mr. Biden’s attraction went beyond his scenario for how to beat President Trump. It was his odds of overtaking Mr. Sanders, the only applicant in the large Democratic discipline they observed objectionable for motives individual and political.
For some, like Amy Siegel of Natick, Mass., the anti-Sanders feeling relates again to the 2016 Democratic major, when she supported Hillary Clinton and thought Mr. Sanders ran a divisive campaign that wounded her in advance of the normal election. This time close to, Ms. Siegel, 57, to begin with supported Mr. Buttigieg. But she voted for Mr. Biden in her state’s primary, held on Tremendous Tuesday, days soon after Mr. Buttigieg dropped out and endorsed the previous vice president. Ms. Siegel mentioned she determined to flip her vote even before Mr. Buttigieg exited the race.
Many others, like Beatrice Abetti of Bonita Springs, Fla., switched to Mr. Biden immediately after Ms. Warren suspended her campaign, viewing Mr. Sanders as a general election possibility. Ms. Abetti, a 69-year-outdated creator and former professor, said centrist Republicans she considered were being significant to an Electoral College or university victory saw Mr. Sanders as a fringe leftist, even if she supported his procedures.