Updated Mar 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Joe Biden projected to win Virginia Democratic primary

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Virginia Democratic primary with 99 delegates at stake, according to multiple media projections.

Why it matters: Polling throughout February showed a close race between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, but Biden saw a late surge after moderates Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed him on Monday.

By the numbers:

With nearly 100% of precincts from today's vote reporting, per NYT:

  1. Biden: 53.3%
  2. Sanders: 23.1%
  3. Warren: 10.8%
  4. Bloomberg: 9.7%
  5. Gabbard: 0.9%
  • Biden also received endorsements from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
  • Roughly 4 in 10 Virginia voters decided at the last minute who to support, according to early exit polls from AP.

The big picture: Virginia is also a key swing state for Democrats in the 2020 general election. It showed progressive promise in 2017 after electing Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and in 2018 after flipping its state assembly blue.

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Joe Biden projected to win Arkansas Democratic primary

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Joe Biden is projected to win the Arkansas Democratic primary with 31 delegates at stake, according to the AP.

The big picture: It's Biden's 6th victory of the night in a southern state, with only Texas remaining. Biden received a boost the day before voting opened on Tuesday after Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg relinquished their White House bids and endorsed the former vice president. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who had dropped out of the race in November, also endorsed Biden Monday night.

Sanders projected to win Utah Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets supporters after a campaign rally in Salt Lake City. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Utah Democratic primary with 29 delegates at stake, according to AP.

Why it matters: It's Sanders' third victory on a night that has been largely dominated by Joe Biden.

Joe Biden projected to win Alabama Democratic primary

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Alabama Democratic primary with 52 delegates at stake, according to multiple media projections.

The big picture: Biden was favored to win the state, receiving a boost from black voters who make up a key bloc of the state's Democratic electorate. The former VP also received a lift Monday night after receiving endorsements from his previous 2020 competition, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

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