Super Tuesday 2020: Biden Claims 10 Victories As Sanders Wins Prized California Primary

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March 04, 2020 - 12:45 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Super Tuesday seemed to turn into a two-man battle between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders early in the night, despite five candidates vying for delegates from 14 states and one U.S. territory.

About one-third (1,344) of all delegates were up for grabs and it takes 1,991 pledged delegates to win the nomination.

Fueled by his victory in South Carolina and a slew of late endorsements from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Biden dominated Super Tuesday, sweeping the south and winning a total of 10 of the 14 states.

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Biden scored victories in Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, the battleground states of North Carolina and Virginia, Tennessee, Minnesota, Arkansas and Massachusetts, upsetting Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her home state. On Wednesday afternoon, he was declared the winner of Maine.

Meanwhile, Sanders claimed the biggest Super Tuesday prize winning California, which has 415 delegates up for grabs. Sanders also pulled off an expected home-state win in Vermont and took another victory in Colorado, which has 67 delegates at stake, as well as Utah.

As votes were still being called early Wednesday, the Associated Press allocated 362 delegates to Biden, 285 to Sanders, 30 to Bloomberg, 20 to Warren and one for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, appeared on the ballots for the first time on Super Tuesday, but saw a poor performance overall.

While he took at least five delegates from American Samoa, he decided Wednesday to drop his bid and instead endorse Biden.

Hawaii Sen. Tulsi Gabbard remains in the race but has not reached double-digits – nor has any other candidate that has since dropped out.

Despite struggling in the polls, Warren vowed to remain in the race. Early results showed her polling in third in her home state, and that could be a bad look for her campaign.

"Symbolically it's bad. It hurts her narrative. The question then is if you can't win in your home state where can you win?" CBS News reporter Zak Hudak told WCBS 880. "It's embarrassing for her if that happens. Does it threaten her Senate seat in the future? I don't know, maybe? At the very least it's really embarrassing and it kind of creates this mentality of her own people, her own constituents, don't want her to be president."

Democratic and Republican candidates earn delegates to win their party's nomination. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Associated Press had allocated 1,215 delegates to the Democratic candidates.

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