Fourteen states and one territory held delegate allocation events (mostly primaries) today for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
Roughly a third of delegates were up for grabs — more than 1,300 of them — with many of the early results showing former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders gaining the most delegates.
Joe Biden won North Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary, a noted swing state in the 2020 Presidential Election. The former Vice President leads with nearly 45% of the vote, while Sen. Bernie Sanders has around 25%.
Biden held a community event in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday leading up to Super Tuesday and before he officially won the South Carolina contest.
The only successful Democratic ticket to win North Carolina in recent years bore the names of Barack Obama and Joe Biden; the duo won the state in 2008.
It seems Biden owes his win in North Carolina, as well as other states, to his deep and abiding bond with the black community. Exit polls “suggested Biden was bolstered by heavy support from African American voters.”
Biden’s campaign spent nearly $300,000 in North Carolina leading up to today. Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and a candidate who entered the race late in the game, has spent almost $13 million.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump held a rally last night, prior to Super Tuesday, in North Carolina. Trump is, of course, on the ballot in all of the states holding primaries. Often, his name is the only name on the ballot.
A candidate must win 1,991 delegates to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. If Biden keeps performing as well as he is tonight, he may be able to become the presumptive nominee long before the 2020 DNC in Milwaukee.
Stay tuned as NPI continues to cover Super Tuesday 2020 results.