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Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a campaign rally in Detroit on March 9. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is the projected winner in the Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri presidential primaries, per AP. The news agency also projected early Wednesday that he won Idaho.

The big picture: Democratic voters in six states are choosing between Bernie Sanders' revolution or Joe Biden's so-called Return to Normal campaign, as the candidates compete for the party's presidential nomination and the chance to take on President Trump.

What Biden's saying: "It's a comeback for the soul of this nation," he said in Philadelphia, after his projected winning streak through the first three primaries on Tuesday.

  • "And I want to thank Bernie Sanders and their supporters for their tireless energy and their passion ... and together, we’ll defeat Donald Trump."

By the numbers: Biden led Sanders by 96 delegates going into Tuesday night. The states will proportion their delegates based on Tuesday's results.

  • Michigan has 125 delegates.
  • Mississippi has 36 delegates.
  • Missouri has 68 delegates.
  • Idaho has 20 delegates.
  • North Dakota has 14 delegates.
  • Washington has 89 delegates.

Of note: Following his Super Tuesday delegate haul and South Carolina victory, Biden's campaign has outspent Sanders on TV ads in Mississippi, Michigan, and Missouri, Politico reports, citing data from Advertising Analytics.

  • But, Sanders "remains the only spender" in North Dakota, Idaho and Washington state, per Politico.

Flashback: Biden, after protesters with two banners, one which read "NAFTA killed jobs," interrupted his event in Detroit on Monday:

"I'm not worried about it. It's just a reflection of what's wrong with American politics today. ... This is one of the things that Donald Trump has generated. This is not who were are. This is not who we are as a party, this is not who we are as a people."

Sanders, making one of his last pitches in St. Louis on Monday:

"Think about the insanity of a system, where today somebody wakes up and maybe they think they have the symptoms of coronavirus. Yet they cannot afford to go to a doctor ... so they're going to go to work and make a serious epidemic even worse."

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Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: The Celebrate America event, with remarks by Biden and Harris.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
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President Biden faces a deeply broken America

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.

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