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Biden wins Kansas Democratic primary

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Joe Biden has notched his latest victory in the increasingly elongated and vote-by-mail-dependent 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest, winning the Kansas primary.

The latest results from Saturday’s primary, which were released Sunday morning, show Biden taking 77 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Bernie Sanders, who exited the race last month but was still in when ballots were mailed out, took 23 percent. Biden won 29 delegates, while Sanders took 10.

Kansas was the latest state to conduct balloting completely by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. It also was the latest to conduct its primary using ranked-choice voting, after replacing its caucus system.

Ranked choice meant supporters of other candidates who remained on the ballot but failed to clear 15 percent of the vote would get to vote for one of the candidates who did clear the threshold. Because of this, Biden’s support rose from 70 percent to 77 percent, while Sanders’s rose from 18 percent to 23 percent.

Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee with every other major candidate out of the race, has 1,435 of the 1,991 delegates needed to officially win the nomination. He needs 556 of the remaining 1,389 available delegates.

Read more via The Washington Post

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