Biden wins Illinois primary

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response MORE won the Illinois primary Tuesday night, notching his latest victory over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators MORE (I-Vt.) in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Associated Press called the race for Biden shortly before 8:30 p.m. EDT, adding to his delegate advantage after winning the Florida primary as well.

Illinois has 155 delegates to award, the second-largest prize of the three states voting Tuesday. With about 4 percent of precincts reporting, Biden had about 60 percent of the votes, compared with roughly 32 percent for Sanders.


Biden's win in the Prairie State and his thumping of Sanders in Florida — which has 219 delegates up for grabs — will greatly boost a delegate lead that is becoming increasingly insurmountable. The former vice president entered Tuesday with a lead of 154 pledged delegates.

Polling had shown Biden with strong leads in Illinois heading into the primary. Sanders came within 2 points of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world MORE in the state in the 2016 primary.

Arizona is the third state voting Tuesday, with polls set to close at 10 p.m. EDT. Biden is favored to win that state as well.