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Mar 04 2020

2020 Presidential Primaries: Super Tuesday – March 3 – The Aftermath

The vote counting went on into the wee hours of the morning due to the long lines in Texas and California but for different reasons. In Texas, it was the usual voter suppression by closing or moving hundreds of voting station in heavily Democratic white and minority neighborhoods. While in California, it was a confusing new system that involved new voting machines and not enough voting locations.

Vice President Joe Biden was the surprise winner in ten states, including Texas, and a strong showing in California which as of this writing will most likely award Senator Bernie Sanders the most delegates. From NBC News

Joe Biden’s stunning sweep of most Super Tuesday states has rocketed him to the lead in the all-important delegate count over Bernie Sanders, according to NBC News projections based on early results.

The total delegate haul is yet to be determined because many states have yet to fully report their results. That includes California, the biggest state in the contest with 415 delegates, where Sanders was leading with just over half of the vote counted.

As of noon ET Wednesday, NBC News projects that Biden gained 458 delegates on Super Tuesday, bringing his delegate total to 511. Sanders, meanwhile, so far has won 399 delegates and has earned 459. Elizabeth Warren has gained only 39 delegates so far, giving her a total of 47.

Those totals will rise as more votes are counted. [..]

Biden won more states and by wider margins than many observers had expected, easily making up for his delegate deficit coming out of the first four early contests and putting him in position to potentially win the 1,991 delegates needed to secure an outright majority and clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren had the most disappointing night, coming in third in her home state, losing to Biden and Sanders. It is reported that she is assessing her next move.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is projected to take home just 24 delegates after winning zero states and only the primary in American Samoa, has dropped out of the race and thrown his support to Biden.

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbaard garnered on delegate from American Samoa, her only delegate. Why she is still in the chase for the nomination is a good question.

The final results won’t be known for a day or two but as of this afternoon at 3 PM, these are the state by state results:

  • American Samoa Democratic caucus – Six delegates: Bloomberg – 5; Gabbard – 1
  • Alabama primaries – 52 delegates. Biden – 25; Sanders – 3
  • Arkansas primaries – 31 delegates. Biden – 12; Sanders – 5; Bloomberg – 2
  • California primaries – 415 delegates. Sanders – 135; Biden – 83; Warren – 1
  • Colorado primaries – 67 delegates, Sanders – 13; Biden – 5; Bloomberg – 5; Warren – 3
  • Massachusetts primaries – 91 delegates. Biden – 32; Sanders – 17; Warren – 17
  • Maine primaries – 24 delegates. Biden – 7; Sanders – 7
  • Minnesota primaries – 91 delegates. Biden – 36; Sanders – 24; Warren – 5
  • North Carolina primaries – 110 delegates. Biden – 35; Sanders – 15
  • Oklahoma primaries – 37 delegates. Biden – 11; Sanders – 6
  • Tennessee primaries – 64 delegates. Biden – 21; Sanders – 10
  • Texas primaries 228 delegates. Biden – 42; Sanders – 38; Bloomberg – 1; Warren – 1
  • Utah primaries – 29 delegates. Sanders – 3
  • Vermont primaries – 16 deelgates. Sanders – 1; Biden – 5
  • Virginia Democratic primary – 99 delegates. Biden – 66; Sanders – 30; Warren – 1

 

Super Tuesday
Votes Delegates Total delegates
Joseph R. Biden Jr. 4,509,495 380 433
Bernie Sanders 3,667,856 328 388
Elizabeth Warren 1,639,928 28 36
Michael R. Bloomberg 1,703,064 12 12
Tulsi Gabbard 84,129 1 1