Former Vice President Joe Biden will claim his second first-place prize in the Super Tuesday contests with another big win in North Carolina.
CNN projects Biden will take North Carolina in addition to a first-place finish in Virginia. The former vice president’s early victories indicate a big night for Biden, who spent considerably less time and money in each state than his fellow rivals Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg in particular invested heavily in North Carolina and Virginia, spending $18 million on television and radio ads in Virginia, while Biden spent approximately $360,000. In North Carolina, Bloomberg dropped $17.3 million where Biden spent only $321,000.
Biden’s big wins in the south, called almost immediately after polls closed, are needed victories for the former vice president, whose 28-point blowout win in South Carolina may breathe new life into his sinking campaign. Now Biden is slated to land a plurality of North Carolina’s 100 delegates.
Candidates must receive 15 percent of the statewide vote to earn at-large delegates or 15 percent in state congressional districts to capture district delegates.
Biden’s early Super Tuesday victories come on the heels of a series of last-minute endorsements from high-profile Democrats and former presidential rivals. On Monday, Biden landed endorsements from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Biden also scored support from former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
To secure the nomination without a contested convention in Milwaukee, the winning candidate must have garnered at least 1,991 of the 3,979 delegates in the Democratic contest. More than a third of the delegates in the entire race will be decided in Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses.