Joe Biden won the Democratic presidential primary in Washington state, making the former vice president the victor in five out of the six states that voted on March 10.
Biden led Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the popular vote in the state for nearly a week as the votes were counted. Sanders won more than two-thirds of the delegates from the Washington caucuses over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Under Washington states primary rules, 31 of the states 89 pledged delegates are allocated based on the statewide result. The remainder is decided based on the results of individual congressional districts. Those results might not be calculated until the election is certified by the secretary of states office, which could be as late as March 27.
Biden also won Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan, and Idaho on March 10, securing a significant delegate lead over Sanders, who won North Dakota.
Washington Democrats used the vote-by-mail presidential primary format for the first time this year. The state used to hold smaller caucuses in the May time frame in prior years.
The results from Washington arrived as Biden and Sanders were about to face off in the populous states of Arizona, Illinois, and Florida on March 17. Ohio, which was also scheduled to hold a primary today, postponed the election until June 2 over concerns about the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
Polls conducted in the four states voting on March 17 show Biden in the lead by a wide margin.
Biden is well ahead of Sanders in the pledged delegate count. The former vice president also leads Sanders by more than 20 points in the average of polls maintained by Real Clear Politics.
Illinois and Florida reported a surge in early voting ahead of the primary.
Illinois had 504,000 early votes cast and 294,000 ballots mailed in as of Monday—outpacing the numbers from the 2016 primary when the state recorded 400,000 early votes and 160,000 mail-in ballots.Read More – Source[contf] [contfnew]