Super Tuesday 2020

By Veronica Rocha, Amanda Wills, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 4:03 p.m. ET, March 4, 2020
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3:02 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Biden wins Texas, CNN projects

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Mike Blake/Reuters

Joe Biden will defeat Bernie Sanders in Texas, CNN projects, in a dramatic and surprising Super Tuesday victory for his resurgent campaign.

This is his ninth win tonight. Texas has 228 delegates at stake.

Who won in 2016: Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Democratic primary and Ted Cruz won the Republican primary. 

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1:59 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Here's where things stand in Texas right now

Joe Biden is holding his lead over Bernie Sanders in Texas right now.

With 82% of the vote in, Biden is leading with 33.2% over Sanders, who has 29.3%.

Important note: There are 228 delegates at stake in Texas.

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2:17 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Los Angeles County polls close despite Sanders request to remain open

From CNN's Jon Passantino

Voters wait to cast their ballots at Mendez High School in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3.
Voters wait to cast their ballots at Mendez High School in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3. Stefanie Dazio/AP

Los Angeles County polling places closed Tuesday night despite an emergency motion filed by the Bernie Sanders campaign requesting to keep them open until 10 p.m. local time, L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said.

Voters already in line at the time of closing at 8 p.m. local time were allowed to cast their vote, Logan said.

1:54 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Late deciders were Biden's strength in Texas

From CNN's Tami Luhby

Late deciders helped power former Vice President Joe Biden to a leading position in the delegate-rich state’s Democratic primary.

Nearly half of voters who picked their candidate in the last few days supported Biden, who jump-started his campaign with a big win in South Carolina on Saturday.

Only 1 in 5 of the late deciders, just under a quarter of the Democratic electorate, chose Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Biden’s surge after South Carolina attracted some voters in demographic groups that were solidly in Sanders’ corner. While the senator was the top choice among Hispanic voters in general, those who decided in the last few days were likelier to go for Biden. More than a third selected the former vice president, while fewer than 3 in 10 picked Sanders.

Liberal Texans who made up their minds in the final days also went for Biden, who garnered about 1 in 5 of their voters, versus only about a quarter who supported Sanders. Among liberals in general, the figures were essentially reversed.

And among voters age 44 or younger who decided recently, Biden narrowed the gap between him and Sanders. Just under a third selected the former vice president, while just over a third picked Sanders. But among those who decided earlier, nearly two-third supported Sanders and just 1 in 10 chose Biden.

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1:18 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Is there a ceiling on the Sanders coalition?

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Matt Rourke/AP
Matt Rourke/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders has argued again and again that he can build the biggest coalition of voters — and when turnout is high, he wins. Tonight, neither of those were true.

Turnout was up — dramatically in some cases — and it favored Joe Biden. Particularly in the suburbs of Virginia, North Carolina and Texas.

Sanders has not shown that he can expand his coalition from 2016 — in many cases his votes have gone down.

Tonight one of the biggest takeaways of the night: Is there a ceiling on the Sanders’ coalition?

The Sanders campaign is pointing to California — holding out hope that gains there will overtake an overall disappointing night for Sanders — but that doesn’t change the fact that the Joe Biden coalition is growing.

A Sanders adviser concedes the campaign will have to grow, pointing to younger voters as a potential area.

Sanders’ coalition is sticky, but so far, it’s static.

1:13 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Biden has barely visited any of the states he's projected to win

From CNN's Sarah Mucha

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Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Tennessee all have in common — former Vice President Joe Biden claimed victory in those states last night.

But there's something else they have in common: Biden spent little to no time at all campaigning in any of these states ahead of the March nominating contest.

Biden never visited Arkansas, Minnesota or Oklahoma since launching his campaign in April 2019. Biden visited Tennessee one time in May for a fundraiser and visited Massachusetts only for finance events, not holding a single campaign rally in the state.

In the Super Tuesday states, which have been projected thus far, Biden only held rallies in North Carolina and Virginia.

Before the week leading up to March 3, Biden held only one rally in North Carolina in October. He joined former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for a Get Out the Vote event there, but it was not a campaign-sponsored event.

Biden held one campaign rally each in North Carolina and Virginia the weekend ahead of Super Tuesday. Granted, the enthusiasm of the crowds was unmatched to anything Biden had seen in the early states, especially Iowa or New Hampshire, and at least one thousand people came to each event. Compare that to Iowa, where Biden held over 120 public events, including four bus tours.

After his campaign shifted into a new strategy in the state in November 2019, it poured much of its resources and even more of the candidates’ time spent holding events where at times he struggled to fill a room with more than one hundred people. He ultimately came in fourth place in the Hawkeye State.

12:58 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Here's where the delegate count stands

Votes are still coming in from California and Texas. Meanwhile, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are picking up delegates along the way.

Remember: A candidate must earn 1,991 delegates to become the Democratic nominee.

Here's where the delegate count stands right now:

  • Biden: 252
  • Sanders: 215
  • Elizabeth Warren: 15
  • Michael Bloomberg: 4
  • Tulsi Gabbard: 1

One thing to note: Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, who dropped out of the race, also received delegates. Buttigieg got 26 delegates and Klobuchar received seven.

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12:36 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Top Biden aide: Tonight is "one of the greatest political comebacks"

Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden's deputy campaign manager, described tonight's success as "one of the greatest political comebacks in modern American history." 

"You saw tonight in overwhelming response to Joe Biden's message. You saw people saying we want results, we don't want revolution," she told CNN's Jake Tapper moments ago.

Bedingfield went on to say that people turned out in "droves" to vote for Biden.

"For Joe Biden, the race is about bringing people together. Uniting people. He got into the campaign on a message of uniting the country," she said.

12:26 a.m. ET, March 4, 2020

Biden takes the lead in dramatic Texas race

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Joe Biden has taken the lead in a tight race unfolding in Texas tonight.

Bernie Sanders and Biden were in a virtual tie earlier tonight, but over the past few minutes, Biden's lead has jumped.

Some context: Hillary Clinton beat Sanders in Texas by roughly 2 to 1 in 2016 — 65% to 33%.

See the latest results here.

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