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Biden wins Hawaii primary

Biden wins Hawaii primary
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE won Hawaii's Democratic presidential primary on Saturday in the latest victory on his march toward the party's 2020 nomination. 

Biden defeated Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Overnight Health Care: Medicaid enrollment reaches new high | White House gives allocation plan for 55M doses | Schumer backs dental, vision, hearing in Medicare Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare MORE (I-Vt.), who dropped out of the race last month, by a comfortable margin, earning 63 percent of the vote to Sanders's 37 percent, according to The Associated Press. Biden won 16 of the state's delegates, and Sanders earned eight. 

The 16 delegates give the former vice president a total of 1,566 to the Democratic Party's convention, according to a tally compiled by the AP. Biden is projected to reach 1,991 delegates, the threshold needed to win the nomination, by June. 

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Sanders, meanwhile, has remained on primary ballots in an effort to accrue delegates and influence the party's platform. 

Hawaii's primary was conducted on Saturday following a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus outbreak. The party-run election was held entirely by mail, with just more than 35,000 voters casting ballots. 

The win for Biden comes as his 2020 White House bid remains a virtual campaign due to the pandemic. Despite the pause in in-person campaigning, the former vice president has polled ahead of President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE in many head-to-head surveys in recent months. 

A Fox News survey released last week, for example, showed Biden with an 8-point advantage over Trump nationally and a 13-point lead among independents. A RealClearPolitics average of polling also shows the former vice president leading Trump by 5.5 percentage points.