Joe Biden Wins Hawaii’s Democratic Primary


Biden won 63.2% of the time in the election of candidates in the party-led primary. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won 36.8% and is the only other candidate to win delegates to the national convention.

Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, is the only candidate left in the race after Sanders’ resignation last month.

The former vice president needs about 440 additional delegates to secure the appointment, CNN delegates estimate.

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The Hawaii primary was originally scheduled for April 4, but the party canceled in-person voting for that day, instead of switching to a mail-in voting system this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ballots were sent to all Democrats registered in the state who were also registered with the Democratic Party of Hawaii, according to the party’s website.

Friday marked the deadline for returning ballots to the state party. More than 79,000 ballots have been cast and about 35,000 have been returned by mail, according to the announcement on Saturday.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site voting on April 4 was canceled. Instead, the Party will send out a third ballot. … The deadline for returning ballots is May 22, 2020. The results will be tabulated and released on May 23, 2020, “said the Democratic Party of Hawaii in a statement released in late March.

Biden’s win in Hawaii comes after he also won the Oregon presidential primary held earlier this week.

The Oregon main competition was also fully voted by mail. The state has been voting by election for more than 20 years, so the main competition went according to plan during the pandemic.


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