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Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Joe Biden triumphs in Idaho, taking another state that was in Sanders’ 2016 win column

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden appears well on his way to the 2020 Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion tonight. After a stel­lar Super Tues­day, Biden is hav­ing a superb Mini Tues­day — or Super Tues­day 2 — this week. He’s won Mis­sis­sip­pi, Mis­souri, Michi­gan, and now, Ida­ho, the Gem State, home to 1.72 mil­lion peo­ple.

Ida­ho was square­ly in Bernie Sanders’ col­umn in 2016. The Unit­ed States Sen­a­tor from Ver­mont won the Ida­ho Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus­es that year con­vinc­ing­ly. He received 78.04% — almost four fifths — of the vote in the cau­cus­es.

But, like Michi­gan, Maine, Min­neso­ta, and Okla­homa, Ida­ho Democ­rats are now giv­ing a plu­ral­i­ty of their sup­port to Biden for the 2020 Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion.

Ida­ho thus becomes the fifth state to have jumped from Sanders to Biden this year. (And Wash­ing­ton could become the sixth, if Biden ekes out a win here.)

As of press time, Biden had 48.29% of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic vote, while Sanders had 42.68%. Eliz­a­beth War­ren was far behind in third place at 2.82%, and Michael Bloomberg was in fourth place with 2.53%.

Idaho 2020 Democratic presidential primary results

AS OF 10:30 PM PACIFIC | MARCH 10TH, 2020

Can­di­date NameTotal VotesPer­cent­age
Joseph R. Biden46,42648.29%
Bernie Sanders41,03742.68%
Eliz­a­beth War­ren2,7102.82%
Michael R. Bloomberg2,4282.53%
Pete Buttigieg1,3421.40%
Tul­si Gab­bard7680.80%
Amy Klobuchar7270.76%
Andrew Yang2660.28%
Tom Stey­er1030.11%
Michael Ben­net890.09%
John K. Delaney500.05%
Cory Book­er470.05%
Mar­i­anne Williamson460.05%
Julian Cas­tro430.04%
Steve Burke300.03%
Roque De La Fuente200.02%
Deval Patrick120.01%

Ida­ho is a very Repub­li­can state, unlike Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon, so its pri­ma­ry par­tic­i­pa­tion is not lop­sided towards the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty like Wash­ing­ton’s is.

Notably, sev­er­al Repub­li­cans appeared on the Repub­li­can bal­lot along­side Don­ald Trump, includ­ing Bill Weld. Trump is still win­ning the Ida­ho Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry with ease, but these results are proof that there are at least some Repub­li­can vot­ers out there who would pre­fer a dif­fer­ent nom­i­nee. Trump’s rivals col­lec­tive­ly gar­nered over over 5,000 votes out of around 100,000 total votes cast.

The Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty craft­ed rules explic­it­ly intend­ed to pre­vent any­one oth­er than Don­ald Trump from appear­ing on the 2020 pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry bal­lot. (There remained a write-in option, of course.)

Ida­ho will have twen­ty-five del­e­gates to the 2020 Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Mil­wau­kee. Biden and Sanders will split those, as it appears no one else will reach via­bil­i­ty statewide or in Ida­ho’s two con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts.

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