Biden wins major upset in Massachusetts

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE scored a major Super Tuesday upset in Massachusetts, beating out home-state Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' MORE (D) as well as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.).

The Associated Press called the race for Biden shortly before 11 p.m. ET. With about 60 percent of precincts in the state reporting, the former vice president carried about 34 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders in second with about 27 percent of the vote and Warren running third in her home state with about 21 percent of the vote.

Biden’s win in the Bay State was a stunning victory for the former vice president, who until a few days ago appeared to be facing a narrowing path to the Democratic nomination.


It was also a disappointing loss for Warren. She has not won a single primary or caucus since voting began last month, and the loss in her home state is likely to increase pressure on her to drop out of the presidential race. 

Biden’s win in Massachusetts was particularly unexpected because he hasn’t led a poll in the state in months. Every public survey conducted in February showed either Warren or Sanders in the lead, with Biden typically trailing in third place or lower.

It was the latest in a run of victories for Biden on Tuesday. He has also scored wins in at least seven other states: Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Oklahoma. 

Sanders, meanwhile, has notched wins in Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont as well as in California, the single biggest delegate prize on Super Tuesday.

The Bay State has 91 pledged delegates up for grabs.

Updated at 11:05 p.m.