Washington – Former Vice President Joseph Biden won tonight in North Carolina, Virginia and Alabama, comfortably, taking the lead in the supermartens of Democratic presidential primaries.
Senator Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, triumphed in his Vermont state.
The chains, meanwhile, projected a victory of Michael Bloomberg in American Samoa.RELATED
Biden’s initial victories, predicted by the most recent polls and projected tonight by television networks, accentuate the likelihood that the Democratic presidential race has become a duel between the former US vice president and the Vermont senator.
North Carolina will distribute 110 delegates tonight, Virginia 99, Alabama 52, Vermont 16 and American Samoa 6.
Delegates at the state level and by district are distributed proportionally among presidential candidates who obtain 15% or more of the votes.
With his initial victories tonight, Biden assumed the lead in counting ce delegates, which is what matters in these primaries.
He had secured 115 delegates, compared with 69 from Sanders, 8 from Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and 4 from Bloomberg.
But, tonight’s election day includes 14 states, the territory of American Samoa and the beginning of the vote of Democrats abroad.
And the big prizes of the night are California, with 415 delegates, and Texas, with 228. Sanders is a favorite in California and must fight first with Biden in Texas, according to polls.
In total, 1,357 of the 3,991 delegates who would arrive at the presidential convention committed to a presidential candidate are at stake tonight.
In Virignia, Biden obtained 53.7% of the votes, compared to 23.5% of Sanders, 10.6% of Warren and 9.3% of Bloomberg. In North Carolina, Biden reached 29.5% of the votes, Sanders followed him closely with 24.7% and Bloomberg obtained 16.3%.
In his state of Vermont, Sanders obtained 51.8% of the votes. Biden was second with 24.4% and Bloomberg was away with 10.4%.
Bloomberg, Biden and Sanders were engaged tonight in a close fight in Tennessee, which will distribute 64 delegates.