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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden took a commanding early lead on Super Tuesday, nearly sweeping the South as numerous outlets named him the victor in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Texas remains in play, with early results showing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the favorite.
What are the details?
As of this writing, RealClearPolitics showed Biden winning with 53% in Virginia with 100% of precincts reporting, 39% in North Carolina with 61% reporting, 41% in Tennessee with 32% reporting, 62% in Alabama with 47% reporting, 35% in Arkansas with 41% reporting, and 38% in Oklahoma with 93% reporting.
In each of those states, Sen. Sanders came in second place, leaving questions over how much longer the campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will last in the race.
In Texas, the race was too close to call as of 10:30 p.m. EST, with Sanders in the lead with 28% to Biden’s 24.6% at 25% of precincts reporting.
Biden’s delegate count at the time was 312 to Sanders’s 210. That leaves Texas as a major state to watch, with 228 delegates at play.
Biden was also the projected winner in Minnesota on Tuesday night, one of the states (along with Oklahoma) that Sanders won in 2016 against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.