Washington DC / Former United States vice-president Joe Biden has added Michigan to his Democratic primary wins in Missouri and Mississippi on Tuesday against progressive candidate Bernie Sanders, according to US media projections.
These are three of six states called to the polls Tuesday as Biden and Sanders compete for the Democratic Party nomination to fight Donald Trump for the White House in November.
With 60 percent of the Michigan votes tallied, Biden was leading 53 percent to Sanders’ 38.9 percent, with Biden’s win projected early on.
With 125 delegates at stake, Michigan was the largest of the six states voting Tuesday and considered the most important. It will be key in the November presidential elections as for more than 20 years it had voted Democrat, until in 2016 it chose Republican Trump.
The defeat in Michigan is a disappointment for Sanders, who in the 2016 primaries won the state against Hillary Clinton. He had focused his campaign efforts there in recent days, canceling his events in other states.
Sanders will not address his supporters and has traveled back to his home state of Vermont, US media reported, citing his campaign team.
Biden’s victory in Mississippi was expected as the former deputy of Barack Obama (2009-2017) has been popular in the conservative southern states which have large percentages of the African-American electorate.
The results in Missouri were somewhat less expected given that in the 2016 primaries there, Sanders and Hillary Clinton were tied until the former secretary of state eventually won by just under 2,000 votes.
In addition to Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi, also at stake Tuesday were Washington State, Idaho and North Dakota, which make up a total of 349 delegates. Sanders looked to be leading in North Dakota early on in the counting.
Before Tuesday, Biden started with an advantage of 670 delegates compared to Sanders’ 574, with 100 from last week’s Super Tuesday still to be distributed.
The party’s nomination will be formally selected at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in mid-July by delegates allocated in the primaries.
Both Biden and Sanders canceled their rallies scheduled for Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio, because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak,” Sanders’ communications director said in a statement.
The Democratic Party also announced that the next presidential debate to take place on Sunday in Arizona will go ahead without an audience. (March 10, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)
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