Mar 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Joe Biden projected to win Arizona primary

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the Arizona Democratic primary, according to the New York Times and NBC News.

Why it matters: It's Biden's third and final victory of the night, after sweeping wins in Florida and Illinois. With a Latino population of 30%, the highest percentage out of the three states voting today, Arizona was considered Sen. Bernie Sanders' best shot for a victory.

  • Latino voters have been a core part of Sanders' base, helping propel him to victories in Nevada, Colorado and California. But he evidently came up short in Arizona, likely putting the Democratic nomination fully out of reach.
  • Arizona has 67 delegates up for grabs, the least of the three states voting today.

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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Joe Biden projected to win Florida primary

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the Democratic primary in Florida, according to AP.

Why it matters: The Florida primary offers the most delegates of the three states voting on Tuesday, with 219 out of 441 delegates up for grabs. Illinois and Arizona are also voting today.

Joe Biden projected to win Illinois primary

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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.

Biden sweeps first primaries since coronavirus declared national emergency

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Joe Biden has won the Florida, Arizona and Illinois Democratic primaries, giving him what is increasingly becoming an insurmountable delegate lead over Bernie Sanders.

Why it matters: The contests on Tuesday marked the first round of state primaries since President Trump declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. Sanders and Biden have canceled rallies and traditional outreach efforts in order to stop the spread of the virus.

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