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It’s Super Tuesday, and registered voters in 14 states are heading to the polls. There’s a lot at stake in today’s primaries, including a total of 1,357 delegates. Follow along here for more coverage throughout the day.

Joe Biden Takes Maine in Final Super Tuesday Call

More than 12 hours after polls closed, former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner in Maine’s Democratic presidential primary. The Associated Press made the call shortly before 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday.

With 98% of precincts reporting, Biden leads Sanders 34.1% to 32.9%, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is in a distant third.

Published March 4, 2:52 PM EST

Joe Biden Victorious in Texas

In what is perhaps his most surprising and important victory of the day, former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primary in Texas. The Associated Press called the race for Biden at 12:57 a.m. CST.

Biden’s victory means he will receive a plurality of Texas’ 228 pledged delegates. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will finish in second place, while former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on track to finish third, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts rounding out the top four.

Published March 4, 2:08 AM EST

Biden Leads in Texas and Maine, but Races Remain Too Close to Call

Winners have been declared in 12 of the 14 states holding Democratic presidential primaries on Super Tuesday, but the races in Texas and Maine remain too close to call.

Nearly 70 percent of the vote has been counted in Texas and former Vice President Joe Biden leads Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 32% to 29.4%. Biden also holds a narrow lead over Sanders in Maine, where he leads Sanders 33.9% to 33.1% (about 1,300 votes) with 81% of ballots counted.

Published March 4, 1:41 AM EST

Bernie Sanders Wins California

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the largest prize of all: California. While the distribution of California’s 415 delegates will take several days to sort out due to the state’s substantial vote-by-mail population, Sanders’ win in the Golden State is likely to provide a huge boost after his losses in the South on Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race for Sanders immediately after polls closed at 8 p.m. PST.

Published March 3, 11:05 PM EST

Joe Biden Wins Massachusetts

In a blow to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Vice President Joe Biden has won the state’s Democratic presidential primary.

The Associated Press called the race for Biden a little after 10:30 p.m. EST.

Recent polls indicated a tight three-way match-up between Sanders, Warren, and Biden, and Biden ultimately won out, while Sanders finished in second and Warren finished in a disappointing third.

Published March 3, 10:53 PM EST

Senator Bernie Sanders wins Utah

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won Utah’s primary, giving him his third victory of the day. Sanders, who also won Utah’s 2016 primary, led recent polls and was projected to win 10 of the state’s 29 primaries, according to FiveThirtyEight.

The Associated Press called the race for Sanders at 8:27 p.m. MST.

Published March 3, 10:32 PM EST

Biden Wins Minnesota After Receiving Endorsement From Klobuchar

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won yet another Super Tuesday state, earning a surprise victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Minnesota primary, according to a projection from the Associated Press.

Biden’s victory comes one day after he earned the endorsement of home-state Senator Amy Klobuchar following her exit from the race on Monday.

Published March 3, 9:53 PM EST

Joe Biden Completes Southern Sweep, Wins Arkansas

It’s official. Joe Biden has won Arkansas, completing his sweep of southern states on Super Tuesday. After a decisive victory in South Carolina on Saturday, Biden cleaned up on Tuesday, winning primaries in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. 

The Associated Press called the race for Biden at 8:49 p.m. EST.

Published March 3, 9:53 PM EST

Joe Biden wins Tennessee

Put another win on the board for Joe Biden. The former vice president has won the Tennessee primary, adding to an impressive haul in the south on Tuesday. 

The Associated Press called the race for Biden at 9:30 p.m. E.T. 

Biden’s victory comes after his campaign, alongside the campaigns for Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Michael Bloomberg, filed a suit in a Nashville court on Tuesday to extend poll times to accommodate voters affected by tornados that ripped through the city and surrounding areas in Davidson County, leaving at least 25 people dead. 

A Nashville judge sided with the campaigns and issued an eleventh-hour ruling Tuesday afternoon, ordering all Davidson County polling sites to stay open until at least 8 p.m. CT, so that voters affected by the storm have a chance to vote. 

It’s still unclear whether turnout in the state was affected by the devastating tornadoes, but Biden is currently winning roughly 36% of the vote in the state.

Published March 3, 9:34 PM EST

Joe Biden Wins Oklahoma

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No, we’re not singing Oklahoma! from OKLAHOMA! the musical, but someone from Joe Biden’s campaign probably is after his victory in the state’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday. The Associated Press called the race for Biden shortly after 9 p.m. ET. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is projected to finish second.

Published March 3, 9:11 PM EST

Bernie Sanders takes Colorado

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won Colorado’s Democratic presidential primary, according to the Associated Press. In winning the state, Sanders notched a key victory to counter the growing momentum of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Sanders’ victory in the state follows his earlier win in Vermont.

Published March 3, 9:03 PM EST

Joe Biden Wins Alabama

Joe Biden looks to be on his way to a sweep of the South after he was projected to win Alabama’s Democratic primary immediately after polls closed on Tuesday. Biden’s victory comes after he and most other Democratic candidates traveled to Selma, Ala. on Sunday, where they commemorated the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the day in 1965 when white police attacked black marchers.

Biden, who led by more than 40 points in recent polls of Alabama voters, is on track to win a majority of the state’s pledged delegates.

Published March 3, 8:02 PM EST

Joe Biden Wins North Carolina

Joe Biden’s southern success continues, as the former vice president added to his Super Tuesday haul by winning North Carolina, the most populous southern state to hold a primary on Tuesday. 

The Associated Press called the race shortly after polls closed at 7:45 PM EST.

Biden’s victory in North Carolina follows his impressive win in neighboring South Carolina on Saturday, a win that revived his once-lagging campaign and turned him into one of the two front-runners for the nomination, alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Published March 3, 7:48 PM EST

Senator Bernie Sanders Wins His Home State Of Vermont

Senator Bernie Sanders has won his first primary of Super Tuesday in his home state of Vermont. The Associated Press projected Sanders as the winner shortly after voting ended at 7 p.m. ET. Sanders led polls in the state by an average of nearly 40 points.

Published March 3, 7:19 PM EST

Biden Gets Another Endorsement

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger of Virginia has endorsed Joe Biden for President, mere minutes after he won the state’s Democratic presidential primary.

Published March 3, 7:15 PM EST

Former Vice President Joe Biden Wins Virginia Primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s resurgence is no fluke. Biden followed up his impressive victory in South Carolina on Saturday with a victory in Virginia on Super Tuesday. Biden’s victory was called by the Associated Press immediately after the polls closed at 7 p.m. 

Biden’s candidacy, which looked dead in the water a week ago, has largely been revived by black voters, who view him as the most electable candidate left in the field. That trend appears to have continued in Virginia. Biden also received a boost by the exits of Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg from the primary field. Both Klobuchar and Buttigieg also endorsed Biden on Monday, as did former candidate Beto O’Rourke.

Published March 3, 7:05 PM EST

We Followed One Undecided Virginia Voter on Super Tuesday. Here’s What Happened.

Like many Virginia voters, Erica Sweets of Alexandria has moved back and forth over which candidate she supports, and was still making up her mind as she headed to the polls on Tuesday morning.

Read the full story here.

Published March 3, 3:30 PM

California Is Going to Play A Key Role in Deciding the Nominee. Here’s What L.A. Voters Told Us About Why They Went to the Polls.

A third of the 1,357 delegates that are up for grabs are coming from California. Since the Golden State is certain to play a key role in deciding the Democratic nominee, COURIER went to the polls this morning to speak to voters in Los Angeles to see what was on their mind as they cast their ballots. 

Most of the voters we spoke to were laser-focused on one thing: beating Donald Trump. Mitchel Karp, for example, said it was his “deciding factor” and what ultimately drove him to vote for former vice president Joe Biden. 

“I looked at Michael Bloomberg, I looked at Bernie Sanders, and I looked at Joe Biden. For me, Joe Biden is the guy. Bernie Sanders, I just feel that he’s too off the wall. I’m a conservative Democrat,” Karp said. 

Garry Lamberson also voted for Biden and was driven by a desire “to get rid of Donald Trump.”

Biden, he said, “has the capability in my opinion of bringing in people that are on the fence who otherwise would not vote for Bernie Sanders in the general election against Donald Trump.” 

George Mariella, a registered member of the Peace and Freedom Party, also voted for the former vice president because of his perceived electability. “Joe Biden was not my first choice, but with other candidates falling out … I thought Biden might be the best bet,” Mariella said. He initially planned to vote for Pete Buttigieg.

Not everyone we spoke to, however, went for Biden. 

“I feel that the current temperature of the political climate needs to be changed, maybe swung a little bit to the left,” said Raul, a Los Angeles voter who cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders. Healthcare was Raul’s top issue and he said he made up his mind yesterday, after Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota dropped out and the “establishment” consolidated behind Biden. 

A.J. Cataline, a Massachusetts native who now lives in Los Angeles, said he was supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also of Massachusetts. “Workers rights, unions, supporting the environment, and getting rid of corruption and money in politics,” were Cataline’s most important issues. “I think she’s the strongest choice out there and she can get it done.”

Published March 3, 3:23 PM.

Advocates Pitch A Primary Voting Extension in Tennessee Because of Tornado Damage

Civil and voting rights advocates are calling on Tennessee state officials to extend the state’s voting period after tornadoes devastated Nashville and parts of central Tennessee overnight, killing at least 22 people. 

The damage caused by the tornadoes has forced many polling places to close and voters to be directed to other locations. The affected polling places are in Davidson County, Putnam County, and Wilson County. Voting also started an hour late in Nashville.

Citing the tornadoes and the damage they’ve caused, the Election Protection coalition wrote a letter to Tennessee’s governor, secretary of state, and coordinator of elections asking that they extend voting through the end of the week.

“Given the devastation and loss of life, we urge you to immediately extend voting in the primaries through at least the end of the week to provide voters a fair opportunity to access the polls,” the letter states. 

The letter, signed by Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, cites the destruction of homes, the loss of power and water, and school delays and closings as some of the barriers facing voters on Tuesday. 

Julia Bruck, a spokeswoman for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, did not respond to a request for comment, but Hargett himself took to Twitter to inform voters of changes and encourage voters to call his office if they had any questions. 

The Election Protection coalition believes an extension is critical, writing: “Such an extension would not only allow people to exercise their right to vote, but would also prevent interference with ongoing rescue and remedial activities.”

When reached for comment Tuesday afternoon, Clarke told COURIER she had gotten “no response [to her letter] from state officials yet.”

Published March 3, 2:55 PM

We Asked 4 North Carolinians Why They’re Voting on Super Tuesday. This Is What They Told Us.

We asked a handful of North Carolina voters on Tuesday what political and social issues they were thinking about as they cast their ballots. Here’s one mom’s response.

“In the past year, our family has been hit by insane medical bills, and we have private insurance,” said Erin Tracy-Blackwood of Belmont. “We also became business owners, and we tried to provide affordable insurance for our employees and it’s almost impossible. Healthcare reform is a major issue for us. College affordability, climate change, and criminal justice reform are also major issues we often discuss at our dinner table.”

Read the full story here.

Published March 3, 2:30 PM

Super Tuesday Is Here: Here’s What’s Really At Stake

It’s Super Tuesday, and registered voters in 14 states are heading to the polls. Thinh Bonding, a North Carolina resident, was one of them. He joined a steady stream of voters at the Chavis Community Center Polling Place in Raleigh. 

When asked what was motivating him to cast his ballot today, he told COURIER: “It’s … important to the world and the country.”

North Carolina joins Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and American Samoa in holding presidential primaries today. 

It’s called Super Tuesday for a reason: When it’s all said and done, a total of 1,357 of the delegates will be awarded on Super Tuesday, accounting for 34% of all 3,979 pledged delegates in this year’s Democratic nomination contest. More than twice as many delegates will be awarded on Super Tuesday than on any other single day this primary season.

The latest polls show that the Democratic race will probably come down to former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The final FiveThirtyEight Super Tuesday forecast finds Sanders and Biden each likely to win seven states a piece today, though, of course, there’s still a lot of uncertainty. 

Super Tuesday is also the first downballot primary night of 2020. While residents in Iowa, South Carolina, and other states have made their voices heard about who they want to see in the White House, voters in Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, and Texas will have the opportunity today to select who they want running for various county, state, and federal offices based on the issues they find most important.

In short, there’s a lot at stake in today’s primaries. Follow along here for more coverage throughout the day.

Published March 3, 12:35 PM