Super Tuesday is a Learning Moment for the Bernie Campaign.

It’s been a roller coaster, and it can teach us something.

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Photo via Bernie Sanders on Instagram

Tonight was a rough one for a while, there’s no denying it.

While there was an incredible victory in California and Texas results still yet to come, some pretty hard to swallow losses that shouldn’t have occurred happened elsewhere. Putting aside the obviously infuriating factor of Elizabeth Warren and how eerily quick older generations fell in line the moment they were told to do so, tonight is definitely shaping up to be a learning moment for the Sanders campaign and his base. Not long ago, many were hoping and there was a realistic chance that Super Tuesday could have been the night that Bernie became the undeniable presumptive nominee. While that is no longer the case, by no means is it over and we cannot allow ourselves to forget that.

As I’ve said before, they might win some battles, but we will win the war.

After Nevada, it seems as though many of us got a little too excited and comfortable with the new frontrunner status. Myself included. After all the hard work, it was nice to enjoy it paying off. Of course no candidate or campaign is perfect, and given the context of a race with more than a few people to run against, mistakes are going to be made.

Following three crushing defeats of Joe Biden in early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, it’s certainly understandable that the Sanders campaign and base eased up on pointing out the differences between their records. The losses were so devastating, it almost felt unnecessary. Fortunately, we know from Iowa and New Hampshire what worked against Mr. Biden, and it seems apparent from his victory speech tonight that Bernie is ready for what is to come. This is a brand new race.

From here on out, this is Biden and Bernie. The rapid consolidation of the conservative democrats has been overwhelming to say the least, but we cannot forget that the entire reason the other conservative democrats were running is because Biden is such an incredibly weak candidate. Now, more and more voters will be paying attention, and it will be fascinating to see how they respond as the primaries only get younger and more diverse as we move forward.

There is no doubt in my mind anymore that regardless of who ultimately comes out on top in the end, this is going to be a long, drawn out and ugly primary. Biden got the best possible results he could have hoped for on Super Tuesday, and there is a very real possibility he and Bernie tie in Texas. But Bernie remains the frontrunner, and this race is by no means over. At the end of a long couple of days, the silver lining is that at least we know Biden’s weaknesses and what resonates against him with voters. Tonight was demoralizing for a long while, but I’m hopeful that the best will be yet to come.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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