Biden beats Sanders in Minnesota primary
Former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Minnesota Democratic presidential primary, notching another unexpected victory on Super Tuesday.
The Associated Press called the race for Biden at 9:47 p.m. ET. Polls closed at 9 p.m. ET.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is projected to come in second, according to the AP.
Biden’s surprising victory came after polling showed Sanders ahead in the state, home to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). She endorsed Biden on Monday after dropping out of the race.
Klobuchar congratulated Biden on the win.
“Congrats to @JoeBiden on a great night, including his victory in Minnesota!,” she tweeted. “As I said last night, Joe will bring our party together and build a strong coalition to unite this country. And he will win big in November!”
Congrats to @JoeBiden on a great night, including his victory in Minnesota!
As I said last night, Joe will bring our party together and build a strong coalition to unite this country. And he will win big in November!
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 4, 2020
Heading into Super Tuesday, Biden was a distant fourth, at 8 percent support, behind Klobuchar, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in a Minnesota Public Radio-Star Tribune poll released a couple of weeks before the primary.
Sanders won the state’s 2016 primary against eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Biden’s victory followed wins in Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia. Sanders won Colorado and his home state of Vermont.
But two of the biggest states have yet to report results. Polls in California close at 11 p.m. ET, and the race in Texas was too close to call at 10:25 p.m. ET.
Updated at 10:24 p.m.
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