Americans from coast-to-coast — and beyond — packed the polls for Super Tuesday, a crucial slate of primaries effectively transformed into a head-to-head duel between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
A cumulative 1,357 delegates are up for grabs: 1,338 across 14 states, another six delegates in American Samoa and 13 in the Democrats Abroad voting, which runs through March 10.
Those 1,357 represent about a third of the total delegates in the Democratic primary race, and more than half of the 1,991 a candidate needs to clinch the nomination and avoid a brokered convention.
However, neither candidate was expected to land a knockout blow on Tuesday, with Sanders and Biden trading states, according to the latest polling and factoring in the effect of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg dropping out of the race to support Biden.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg looked to reverse their campaigns’ dimming fortunes — or at least be a thorn in the side of the front-runners by picking off delegates.
Here’s how the results are shaking out:
Texas breaks for Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden edged out top rival Sen. Bernie Sanders for his biggest win of the night — Texas — in a heated, nail-biter showdown, according to NBC projections.
The frontrunning candidates were neck-in-neck as results trickled in, though recent polls had showed the Vermont lawmaker with a slight lead over the former Vice President.
The Lone Star State had 228 pledged delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday, the second-largest trove after California.
It was a shocking loss for Sanders, who was counting on the support of Latino voters — a large swath of Democrat voters in Texas — to land him a win. Sanders had believed a win in the state was so important, he campaigned there on the day of the Nevada caucuses.
He was blown out there in 2016, losing to Hillary Clinton by more than 30 points.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg also appeared to reach the delegate threshold.
Sanders carries California
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders struck gold in the Golden State, according to a projection by The Associated Press.
The Democratic-Socialist carried the cash cow of Super Tuesday, where a whopping 415 pledged delegates were at stake.
This after Hillary Clinton beat him here with 53 percent of the vote to his 46 percent in 2016.
Sanders had maintained a commanding 12-point lead over top rival Vice President Joe Biden and more than doubled up fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren — fueled in part by fierce support from young Latino voters.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg barely made a blip, despite his self-funded campaign having a clear cash advantage in the state’s expensive media markets.
Polls in California closed at 11 p.m. EST, and the results were called shortly after.
Biden upsets Warren in Massachusetts
Joe Biden beat Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her adopted home state of Massachusetts, which has 91 delegates, AP reported.
The results stunned Warren, who recently polled at 28 percent compared to 26 percent for both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
But she placed behind both, according to the results, with 48 percent of the precincts reporting.
Sanders grabs Utah for third Super Tuesday victory
Bernie Sanders has snagged a ‘W’ in Utah, home to 29 total delegates, and just his third Super Tuesday win, according to NBC News.
Sanders was expected to carry the state according to the latest polling, besting former Vice President Joe Biden by about six percentage points.
Though the victory was expected and did come to pass, it was by a much slimmer margin than Sanders’ commanding 58-point trouncing of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary.
Biden adds Arkansas to Super Tuesday wins
In Arkansas, Joe Biden continued his Super Tuesday dominance and picked up his seventh state, according to AP projections.
The former veep recently polled with a 13 percentage point lead over Bernie Sanders in the state which has 31 delegates.
Biden recently polled at 36 percent, followed by Sanders at 23 percent and billionaire ex-Big Apple Mayor Mike Bloomberg on his heels at 22 percent.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in fourth with 15 percent while Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Klobuchar had 2 percent and 1 percent.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary with 66 percent in her husband Bill Clinton’s home state.
Arkansas polls close at 8.30 p.m. Eastern Time and the race was called just before 10 p.m.
Biden secures Minnesota
Joe Biden marched to victory in Minnesota, with the AP calling the Land of 10,000 Lakes for the former veep.
Just days ago, polls projected that Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar would carry her home state, but the moderate suspended her campaign on Monday for lack of a strong base elsewhere.
Though she endorsed former Biden, Klobuchar’s exit was thought to cleared the path for Bernie Sanders to emerge as top dog in Minnesota.
Seventy-five total delegates are in play in the state, where Sanders romped to a 23-point victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary.
Minnesota has 75 delegates up for grabs.
Biden bests Bernie in Tennessee
Joe Biden scored his fifth Super Tuesday win in Tennessee — beating Bernie Sanders in a tightly contested race.
In the Southern state with 64 delegates, Biden recently polled at 28 percent while Sanders was right behind him at 27 percent.
The former veep was the clear favorite in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional district, which has a large African American voting block, but Sanders and Biden were virtually tied in the other eight districts, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Mike Bloomberg poured millions of dollars into the state and was polling third at 17 percent, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren is at 9 percent.
Drop-outs Ex-South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
Tennessee went to Hillary Clinton in 2016 — the former secretary of state beating Sanders with 66 percent of the vote.
Most Tennessee polls close at 8 p.m. Eastern Time but a handful of sites are being kept open until 11 p.m. Eastern Time after deadly tornadoes ravaged the state overnight, killing at least 22 people.
Biden corrals Oklahoma
Joe Biden has notched another Super Tuesday primary victory as the projected winner in Oklahoma.
Biden had 36 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with about half of precincts reporting. Bernie Sanders was in second place with 24 percent. Oklahoma has 37 pledged delegates.
Oklahoma polls closed at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race was called just after 9 p.m.
Sanders claims Colorado
Bernie Sanders has come out on top in the land of the Rockies.
The Associated Press called the Centennial State for the Vermont senator. Colorado holds 67 delegates.
Polls had projected a double-digit victory for Sanders in the state, though Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were all expected to clear the 15-percent threshold to earn at least some delegates.
The victory echoed Sanders’ dominance in the state primary in 2016, when he topped opponent Hillary Clinton by more than 18 percentage points.
Biden locks down Alabama win
Joe Biden has clinched victory in the southern state of Alabama, according to projections, his third win of Super Tuesday.
Recent polls showed Biden had a clear edge in the state, which has 52 delegates, thanks to his support from Alabama’s sizeable population of black Democrat voters.
His support — leading with 42 percent of the vote — was nearly double that of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who polled 20 percent.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg at 18 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 10 percent.
Drop-outs ex-South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, had 3 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton beat Sanders on Super Tuesday in a thumping victory with 77.8 percent of the vote.
Alabama polls close at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and the race was called just seconds later by CNN.
Bloomberg nabs American Samoa
Mike Bloomberg fared poorly in several early states in Super Tuesday primaries — but he picked up a win in tiny American Samoa.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, the former New York mayor won 49.9 percent of the vote, compared to 29.3 for Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 10.5 percent for Bernie Sanders and 8.8 percent for Joe Biden.
The American Samoa caucuses were an open caucus, and the territory awards 11 delegates, six of which are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the caucuses.
Bloomberg earlier lost in Vermont, North Carolina and Virginia, where Bloomberg had a large field operation and spent big on advertising but might miss the 15 percent threshold to get any delegates, according to preliminary numbers.
Biden victorious in North Carolina
Former veep Joe Biden has snagged another big win in North Carolina, multiple networks project.
The southern state is a big prize with 110 delegates — the third largest on Super Tuesday.
Biden recently polled at 36.7 percent in South Carolina, with Sen. Bernie Sanders trailing at 23.3 percent of the vote.
Media mogul Mike Bloomberg — who campaigned heavily in the state — polled at fourth at 14.3 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 10.7 percent.
Drop-outs Sen. Amy Klobuchar and ex-South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg garnered just 3.3 percent each.
Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out of the race in recent days.
Hillary Clinton carried North Carolina on Super Tuesday in 2016, with 54 percent compared to Bernie Sanders’ 40 percent.
North Carolina polls closed at 7.30 p.m. Eastern Time and the race was called just seconds later.
Sanders takes Vermont
Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Super Tuesday primary in his home state of Vermont Tuesday.
Unsurprisingly, the longtime resident of Vermont and former mayor of Burlington, had a wide margin in his home state, which has 16 delegates.
In recent polling, Sanders had a wide lead over runner-up Sen. Elizabeth Warren from neighboring Massachusetts, 48 percent to 17 percent.
Mike Bloomberg placed third with 16 percent, former vice president Joe Biden had 11 percent, ex-South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg had 5 percent and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar had 2 percent.
Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out of the race in recent days.
Polls in Vermont close at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and the results were announced moments after they closed.
Biden wins Virginia
In Virginia, with 99 delegates, former vice president Joe Biden appears to be romping to an apparent blowout victory.
Biden had been projected to take the state, according to the latest polling, but was on an early pace to shatter the rosy expectations.
With 55 percent of precincts reporting, Biden notched 54.9 percent, according to CNN.
He more than doubled-up Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 23.2 percent, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had 9.7 percent.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. in Virginia, where the northeastern suburbs are home to many federal workers and officials.
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