Former Vice President Joe Biden secured another first-place win on Tuesday capturing Missouri quickly after polls closed, the Associated Press projects.
Biden will now take a majority of the state’s 68 delegates to put Biden closer to the 1,991 of the 3,979 needed to clinch the nomination in Milwaukee this summer.
Missouri is one of six states to vote in the Democratic nominating contest Tuesday night including Michigan, North Dakota, Washington, Idaho, and Mississippi, which was called for Biden as soon as polls closed putting Biden closer to a full sweep of every state in the south.
All eyes are on Michigan however, as the grand prize of the night where Sanders captured a narrow victory in a 2016 upset over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton despite being behind in the polls by 16 percent. Now, Sanders, who was down by more than 20 percent in RealClearPolitics’ aggregate of Michigan surveys as voting got underway, is hoping for a repeat of a surprise win to supply the Midwestern momentum that resurrected a sinking campaign following big losses on Super Tuesday.
Michigan offers the most delegates of any state Tuesday with 125 delegates up for grabs. It is also the first Midwestern battleground to vote in the Democratic primary offering a major test for the candidates hoping to prove they can win back rust-belt states that flipped to Trump four years earlier.
Biden’s win in Missouri and Mississippi come a week after the Super Tuesday contests where Biden captured 10 states including states that Biden didn’t even campaign following a game-changing win in South Carolina resurrecting a sinking campaign. Now Biden has reclaimed his frontrunner status leading in nationwide polls by a wide margin and leading comfortably in delegate count over Sanders.