Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy: Biden campaign says he would revoke Keystone XL permit | EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement | Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetingsThe Hill’s Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020Obama’s Trump attacks electrify Democrats, anger GOPMORE won Oregons presidential primary Tuesday, the latest notch on his belt on his march to the Democratic 2020 nomination.
The race was called by the Associated Press minutes after polls closed at 11 p.m. Eastern time. Biden won with roughly 70 percent of the vote with just over 40 percent of precincts reporting.
The former vice president will take the lions share of Oregons 61 pledged delegates after besting Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020Now’s the time for the left’s third-party runSanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back BidenMORE (I-Vt.) in the Beaver State.
Sander suspended his presidential campaign last month but is remaining on primary ballots to try to rack up more delegates and influence the Democratic Partys platform at its convention this summer.
Tuesdays contest was conducted entirely by mail. Oregon established vote-by-mail as the standard mechanism for voting in the state in 1998 after passing a citizens initiative. Other states have pushed for increased mail ballot options this year amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Bidens victory in the deep blue state comes as polling shows him leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Fox after hydroxychloroquine warning: ‘Looking for a new outlet’Trump threatens permanent freeze on WHO funding without ‘major’ reforms within 30 daysSchumer: Trump’s statements on hydroxychloroquine ‘is reckless, reckless, reckless’MORE in a head-to-head matchup in November, with the Real Clear Politics polling average showing the former vice president up 4.7 percent. Polls also show Biden leading in a handful of key swing states, including Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.