Sanders defeats Biden in North Dakota

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.) defeated former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE in the North Dakota Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, prevailing in a state he had also won in 2016.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders received 53 percent of the vote, while Biden got just under 40 percent.

North Dakota awards 14 pledged delegates, tying Wyoming for hosting the smallest nominating race in the continental United States.


Because of this, the win isn't much more than a consolation prize for Sanders, who had an otherwise disappointing night at the polls.

Six states — Michigan, Missouri, Idaho, Washington, Mississippi and North Dakota — all cast votes Tuesday in the latest slate of Democratic primaries. Biden by and far won the night, notching victories in Michigan, Idaho, Missouri and Mississippi. The race in Washington remains too close to call, with under 70 percent of precincts reporting as of late Tuesday night.

Michigan, with its 125 pledged delegates, was the biggest prize Tuesday, and Biden won handily in the Wolverine State, getting 53 percent of the vote, while Sanders received 36 percent. Sanders had scored an upset win in the state over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE in 2016, but wasn't able to replicate those results.

Because of his successful night, Biden now leads Sanders in the total delegate count 823-663. To receive the Democratic Party's nomination at the national convention in July, a candidate needs 1,991 delegates. 

The former vice president's lead could grow even larger next Tuesday when Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio vote. Recent polls have Sanders trailing big in Arizona (67 delegates) and Florida (219 delegates).