Biden surges on Super Tuesday, wins Minnesota; Sanders wins California

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A surprise surge from former Vice President Joe Biden, including a win in Minnesota, and a big get for Sen. Bernie Sanders in California. Those are the headlines of Super Tuesday.

There were more than 1,300 delegates up for grabs for the remaining Democratic candidates in states across the country on this Super Tuesday. Not all of those delegates were allocated, as of early Wednesday morning, as votes continued to be counted across the country.

Michael Bloomberg, who spent millions to enter the race officially on Tuesday, only won the U.S. territory of American Samoa. The Associated Press reports the Bloomberg campaign is reevaluating its future.

Meanwhile, it was a rough night for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who didn’t win any states and came in third place in her home state of Massachusetts.

While California was called by the Associated Press for Sanders, not much of the vote was in as of 11 p.m. (CT). Biden won the other big-ticket state of the night: Texas. It was close, however, so Biden and Sanders will likely split much of the delegates.

Maine was too close to call as of early Wednesday morning.

Unsurprisingly, it was a clean sweep for President Donald Trump in the Republican primaries across the country.

National Results

States won by candidates

CBS News and/or the Associated Press project

Joe Biden

  • Virginia
  • Alabama
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Minnesota
  • Arkansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Texas

Bernie Sanders

  • Vermont
  • Colorado
  • Utah
  • California

Mike Bloomberg

  • American Samoa

Too close to call

  • Maine

Minnesota Results

MINNEAPOLIS (AP/KELO) – Joe Biden has defeated Bernie Sanders in the Super Tuesday primary in Minnesota. Amy Klobuchar’s abrupt withdrawal from the presidential race a day earlier gave the former vice president a boost despite his failing to campaign in her home state.

“We won Minnesota because of Amy Klobuchar,” Biden said to supporters on Tuesday evening.

Sanders, who easily won Minnesota’s caucuses in 2016, had been hoping to capitalize on his large and motivated progressive base in the state, and he campaigned in St. Paul on Monday night. But Klobuchar’s decision forced her supporters to make a quick second choice, and Biden was the clear beneficiary.

Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg were further back.

  • James Kelsey, 24, votes at a Lutheran church on the south side of Moorhead, Minn., on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Kelsey said he voted for Bernie Sanders because he and other Sanders supporters are “tired of what’s going on.” (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)Read More »
  • A voter places his ballot in the ballot counter at the downtown library polling site in Minneapolis as part of Minnesota’s Super Tuesday presidential nomination primary March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Read More »

KELOLAND’s Kelli Volk talked to voters in southwest Minnesota.

AP VoteCast: Health care top issue in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Voters in Minnesota’s Democratic primary ranked health care as the most important issues facing the country, well above the economy, race relations, foreign policy and many other social issues. That’s according to a wide-ranging AP VoteCast survey of the Democratic primary electorate in Minnesota. VoteCast also found somewhat more voters in Minnesota’s Democratic primary said they wanted a candidate who would bring fundamental change to Washington, rather than one who would restore the political system to how it was before Trump was elected in 2016.