Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary

Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE has won the Democratic presidential primary in Kansas, which was conducted fully through the mail.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, earned 77 percent of the vote and 29 of the state’s delegates, bringing him one step closer to clinching the nomination, The Associated Press reported on Sunday. 

The former vice president has 1,435 delegates out of the needed 1,991 to win the Democratic nomination, which he is expected to reach in June. 

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Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.), who was still in the race at the time of the state’s primary, earned 10 delegates in the race. He has retained a total of 984 delegates, according to the AP. 

The Vermont senator won the state’s caucuses in 2016 over eventual Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE. But with the mail-in voting process, more than 400,000 votes were collected compared to the about 39,000 who voted in the 2016 primary.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced states, including Kansas, to restructure their primary processes. Kansas turned to mail-in voting with ranked-choice voting, where voters can choose more than one candidate and rank their preference. The candidates who do not reach 15 percent support are eliminated, and their voters are transferred to their second choice.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardRepublicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Gabbard says she 'was not invited to participate in any way' in Democratic convention MORE (D-Hawaii) also appeared on Kansas’s ballot. 

Kansas’s primary concluded how 39 of the state’s 45 national convention delegates would vote, with the other six being party leaders like Gov. Laura Kelly (D).

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Kelly introduced a stay-at-home order for the state at the end of March, requiring people to remain in their homes except for specific circumstances, to avoid the community spread of the coronavirus. As of Saturday morning, Kansas has recorded 4,746 cases and 131 deaths, according to the Kansas Department of Health

The stay-at-home order expired Sunday.

Biden's Sunday win also follows a week where his former staffer Tara Reade's allegation of sexual assault against him has gained some traction. Reade's former neighbor said last week that she was told about the alleged assault in the 1990s. 

Biden has denied the allegation.