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 Name||Total Votes||Percentage|
|Joseph R. Biden||46,426||48.29%|
|Michael R. Bloomberg||2,428||2.53%|
|John K. Delaney||50||0.05%|
|Roque De La Fuente||20||0.02%|
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.