Mar 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Joe Biden projected to win Illinois primary

Joe Biden

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Joe Biden is projected to win the Illinois Democratic primary, according to AP.

Why it matters: The state — Biden's second victory of the night, after Florida — offers the second biggest prize among today's contests, with 155 out of the 441 total delegates up for grabs. Biden had a significant lead in most polls leading up to his victory.

Between the lines: It's another substantial margin of victory for Biden, who blew Sanders out of the water in Florida. At the time AP called the race, Biden was leading Sanders 64% to 29.3% with 2% of votes reporting.

  • Sanders performed well in Illinois in 2016, winning 11 of the state's 18 congressional districts and finishing with just two delegates fewer than Hillary Clinton.

Worth noting: Ohio was also scheduled to vote today, but Gov. Mike DeWine ordered polling places closed in a last-minute intervention intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. DeWine is seeking to delay in-person voting until June 2.

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