At a glance: Democratic presidential primary results and state delegate
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[March 18, 2020]
By Ginger Gibson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Vice
President Joe Biden extended his lead in the delegate race for the
Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, sweeping the day's
contests with wins in Arizona, Florida and Illinois as the country
grappled with the coronavirus.
There were 441 delegates at stake in the three states. A string of
earlier victories had put Biden ahead of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in
the race to amass the minimum 1,991 delegates needed to secure the
nomination and challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3
Ohio had also been scheduled to vote on Tuesday, but Governor Mike
DeWine postponed his state's primary until June 2 because of the growing
Here is a quick look at Tuesday's primaries:
Delegate Count: 219
Biden wins and will secure at least 81 delegates. Sanders will win at
least 24 delegates.
With most precincts reporting, Biden was on pace to win every county in
the state. Sanders' praise of literacy programs in Cuba under the
nation's Communist former leader, Fidel Castro, prompted widespread
criticism of the senator in Florida, a state with a sizable
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A poll deputy uses her cellphone as she wears gloves as a preventive
measure against the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
during the Democratic presidential primary election in Miami,
Florida, U.S. March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
Delegate count: 155
Biden wins Illinois, picking up at least 46 delegates to Sanders'
Underscoring his commanding wins, with most of the state's votes
counted, Biden led Sanders by more than 20 percentage points. In
2016, Sanders lost the Illinois primary to Hillary Clinton, the
party's eventual nominee, by just 2 percentage points.
Delegate count: 67
Biden is projected to win Arizona, securing at least six delegates,
while Sanders had locked down three.
In previous contests, Sanders had done well in Western states,
victories his supporters attribute to large support from Latinos.
But that was not enough to give him a win in Arizona, where Biden
was on pace to best Sanders by double digits.
(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Peter
Cooney and Sonya Hepinstall)
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