Biden wins Maine primary, adding to Super Tuesday victories

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE has won the Maine Democratic presidential primary, scoring another victory over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump was right about 'trying to end endless wars' Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico Bernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' MORE (I-Vt.) after a stellar showing on Super Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race for Biden on Wednesday at 1:57 p.m. ET. Sanders was favored in forecasts in Maine heading into Super Tuesday, but Biden claimed victory in the Pine Tree State amid a surge in momentum heading into this week's contests.

Biden led the Vermont senator with 34.1 percent of the vote to Sanders’s 33 percent as of Wednesday afternoon. Sanders won the state with 64 percent in 2016.


The results mean that Biden has won 10 of the 14 states in which voters cast ballots on Super Tuesday, including major victories in Texas and Virginia. 

Sanders won four states, including California, the top prize for delegates on Tuesday, though the exact delegate allocation from the state is not yet known.

Maine will award 24 pledged delegates in the Democratic nominating race.

Like many of the states Biden won Tuesday, the former vice president made little to no investment in ads or campaign infrastructure in Maine. He polled at just 12 percent in a February Colby College survey, behind former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE, who dropped out before Tuesday evening, and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ The truth behind companies' 'net zero' climate commitments The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE, who withdrew Wednesday morning.

Maine, like Minnesota, another state where Biden pulled out an unexpected victory Tuesday, switched from caucuses to primaries between 2016 and 2020.

Sanders’s state director, Benjamin Collings, told the Bangor Daily News that despite the senator's loss, the increased popularity of policy proposals such as a $15 minimum wage indicate he has “completely changed the Democratic party.”

Zack Budryk contributed.

This report was updated at 2:21 p.m.