Former Vice President Joe Biden made a Super Tuesday sweep across the south, winning contests in eight states and setting up a two-way race between him and left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
77-year-old Biden was buoyed by strong support among older voters and African-Americans – two key Democratic constituencies – who carried him to wins in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee in the south, Massachusetts on the east coast and northern Minnesota.
The boost for Biden, who was on the verge of being written off in the last few weeks, is a blow for Sanders, 78, who is projected to win Vermont, Utah and Colorado during Super Tuesday when a third of all delegates in the primary race are on the table.
Sanders and Biden were virtually tied in Texas, the state with the second-largest share of delegates, in what was being seen as a jolt for the former vice president, who was predicted to come in a distant second. Biden may yet pull off a win in the state.
Left-winger Sanders had a lead in preliminary exit surveys coming out of California, the last state to see its polling stations close, in part thanks to his support among Latino communities, who make up a sizeable chunk of the electorate out west.
California is the single most important race, with 415 delegates up for grabs out of 1,357 across the country on this one day alone. Biden was leading in the overall delegate count on Super Tuesday, though both he and Sanders secured more than 200 delegates with tallying ongoing.
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