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Biden dominates with nine Super Tuesday wins, including upset in Texas

Biden dominates with nine Super Tuesday wins, including upset in Texas

Former Vice President Joe Biden won nine of 14 Super Tuesday primaries and is leading in one of two that have yet to be called.

His biggest win was in Texas, where he was trailing in the polls heading into the biggest day of the primary season.

Biden also won in Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, dominating the South after he also won South Carolina on Saturday. He also won Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Minnesota. As of 7:30 a.m. eastern Wednesday, he held a slight lead in Maine.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won his home state of Vermont, as well as Colorado and Utah. Sanders also held a significant lead in California, where the most delegates were on the line.

"We are very much alive," Biden told supporters at a campaign rally late Tuesday in Los Angeles. "And make no mistake about it, this campaign will send Donald Trump packing."

About one-third of all pledged delegates were at stake Tuesday.

Each states' delegates will be split among the candidates based on the final confirmed outcome. Candidates must earn at least 15 percent of the vote in a given state to win any delegates.

American Samoa's caucuses also concluded Tuesday, where billionaire Mike Bloomberg won his first delegates of the primary season. American Samoa will award six delegates. Bloomberg didn't win anywhere else.

Sanders had a substantial lead in polling in the two largest Super Tuesday states – California and Texas – where more than 600 delegates are up for grabs. California awards 415 delegates, and Texas 228.

Biden pulled the surprise of the night in Texas. With 97 percent of precincts reporting as of 7:30 a.m. eastern, Biden led Sanders 33 percent to 30 percent and was the projected winner. Bloomberg was a distant third with 15 percent.

In California, Sanders held a healthy lead 33 to 24 percent lead over Biden with 82 percent of precincts reporting.

Speaking to supporters before Texas and California results were in, Sanders said he is going to “win the Democratic nomination” and defeat Trump in November. “We are not only taking on the corporate establishment, we are taking on the political establishment.”

Heading into Super Tuesday, Sanders was in the lead with 60 pledged delegates from previous primaries held in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Biden had the second-most pledged delegates with 53. Biden also secured the endorsements of two former challengers this week – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

With a few states still counting votes, Biden overtook Sanders, 387 delegates to 327, as of 7:30 a.m. eastern.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a sobering night, not winning anywhere including her home state of Massachusetts, where she finished third. She has won 36 delegate so far and might be the next candidate to exit the race.

Bloomberg, who was not on the ballot in the four early voting states, spent hundreds of millions of his own dollars on advertising in the Super Tuesday states without garnering a win outside of American Samoa.

He told supporters Tuesday evening he was staying in the race no matter Super Tuesday's results.

“In just three months, we’ve gone from 1 percent in the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination for president," Bloomberg said. “Here’s what is clear: no matter how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something no one else thought was possible.”

When all Super Tuesday votes are counted, 1,344 of the 3,979 pledged delegates will be awarded, or roughly one-third. Counting superdelegates, 1,617 total delegates could be awarded.

The eventual nominee will need to secure 1,991 delegates at the Democratic convention in July in Milwaukee.

– The Center Square

* This article was originally published here


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