Joe Biden Takes Delegate Lead After Super Tuesday Rout

March 3 (UPI) — After fourth- and fifth-place finishes to start out the first season a couple of weeks ago before his win in South Caro...

March 3 (UPI) — After fourth- and fifth-place finishes to start out the first season a couple of weeks ago before his win in South Carolina last weekend, former vice chairman Joe Biden continued his comeback Tuesday night, overtaking Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders within the overall delegate count for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Biden notched wins on Super Tuesday in Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia.


Sanders won in four states — California, Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont. The race in Maine had not been called early Wednesday, but it appears the 2 candidates each won eight delegates there.


“We were told once you get to Super Tuesday, it's going to be over,” an energized Biden told supporters late Tuesday. “Well, it's going to be over for the opposite guy.”


“I want to thank our incredible supporters and volunteers across the country. Your faith in our campaign — especially when the pundits and therefore the media counted us out — means the planet to me,” he added later during a tweet. “Let’s go win this, together.”


Former ny City Mike Bloomberg secured a win within the territory of yank Somoa, which has six delegates, but finished a foreign third or fourth everywhere else. Sen. Elizabeth Warren didn’t win in any of the Super Tuesday voting states, including her home state of Massachusetts.


Biden skilled a tweet from President Donald Trump that criticized Warren and Bloomberg.

“You lost tonight,” he told the president. “Democrats round the country are fired up. We are decent, brave and resilient people. We are better than you. Come November, we are getting to beat you.”


Biden may are aided by three candidates who dropped out of the race just before the Super Tuesday vote — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday, former South Bend , Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday and billionaire Tom Steyer on Saturday. At a rally Monday in Texas, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and former candidate Beto O’Rourke all endorsed Biden.


Following the results Tuesday, Bloomberg will reassess his campaign on Wednesday, Capitol Hill reported.

States that cast ballots Tuesday were Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia, plus American Samoa , a U.S. territory and therefore the birthplace of candidate and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.


A total of 1,344 delegates were up for grabs Tuesday — nearly 70 percent of the 1,991 needed to secure the Democratic nomination on the primary ballot at the party’s national convention in Milwaukee in July.

With the most important populations and most delegates to award — a complete of 756 — California and Texas were the highest prizes Tuesday. North Carolina pledged 110 delegates.


Residents of l. a. County used new voting machines, the primary wholesale redesign of the county’s electoral system in additional than 50 years.


The l. a. Times reported that 15 other counties experienced problems connecting their voting systems to the statewide voter database. Some counties were unable to update registration records to point out that voters had already voted. to form sure voters weren’t ready to vote twice, some elections officials asked them to cast provisional ballots, which are counted the day after the first .


Los Angeles was unaffected by the issues .

“There is not any evidence of malicious activity, and every one counties have restored connectivity at this point ,” Sam Mahood, a spokesman for Secretary of State Alex Padilla, said. “This shouldn't prevent any voters from casting a ballot, as counties have contingency procedures in situ to see in voters.

Voters faced long lines in Houston, up to three hours, after technical problems with some Democratic voting machines. Machines for the Republican primary had no reported problems.


“I don’t think it’s right that somebody should need to wait that long to participate in our democratic process,” one voter, Karen Griffin, said.

Tornadoes in Tennessee overnight complicated the election process Tuesday. A polling location in Wilson County used paper ballots after it lost electricity thanks to the storm.


Lauren Breeze, a member of the county’s committee , said two shelter sites within the county weren’t offering shuttles to polling sites. Polling locations at two high schools within the county were closed thanks to damage.

SOURCE: BREIBART

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