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Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary

Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom 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 SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers 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 ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' Warren: Trump is 'a danger to democracy' Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' 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.