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Joe Biden Wins Presidential Primary In Washington

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Washington’s presidential primary, further cementing his status as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

As of Monday afternoon, Biden led with nearly 38% of the statewide vote, compared with about 36% for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — a gap of 23,000 votes. Biden’s lead had expanded since the two rivals ended election night March 10 in a virtual tie.

The delayed victory — which came amid record turnout for a Washington presidential primary — means Biden won five of the six states that voted March 10. In addition to Washington, he won Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri. Sanders won North Dakota.

The delayed victory — which came amid record turnout for a Washington presidential primary — means Biden won five of the six states that voted March 10. In addition to Washington, he won Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri. Sanders won North Dakota.

Washington has 89 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention at stake — the second most of any state that voted last week. It’s not a winner-take-all system and the delegate breakdown between Biden and Sanders will depend on results from the state’s 10 congressional districts.

Will Casey, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, said the party will know the delegate split once the election is certified next week.

The Associated Press and New York Times called the race for Biden after 5 p.m. Monday after a new round of vote counts in King County and elsewhere showed Biden’s lead holding, and the vast majority of ballots counted statewide

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