STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and ALEXANDRA JAFFE
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An emboldened Joe Biden is trying to cast himself as the clear moderate alternative to progressive Bernie Sanders as the Democrats' shrinking presidential field races toward Super Tuesday.
One of Biden's leading moderate rivals, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, dropped out of the campaign Sunday just 24 hours after Biden scored a resounding victory in South Carolina, his first of the 2020 roller coaster nomination fight. Buttigieg and Biden spoke late Sunday night, but it was unclear if Buttigieg planned to endorse the former vice president.
Other rivals appeared undeterred and vowed to press on, potentially toward a contested convention. Biden, meanwhile, pressed his case during a ro