Biden Scores Upset in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Biden captured Minnesota's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, just a day after Amy Klobuchar ended her campaign and threw her support to the former vice president.
Biden - 38%
Sanders - 30%
Warren - 16%
Bloomberg - 8%
Klobuchar - 5%
Biden had done little in Minnesota before Super Tuesday but clearly benefited from Klobuchar's backing and that of fellow moderate Pete Buttegieg, who ended his campaign Sunday.
The effort by moderates to unify behind Biden denied front-runner Bernie Sanders a victory in Minnesota, where he won caucuses four years ago and enjoyed strong support from progressives again this cycle. Sanders had endorsements and campaign help from Rep. Ilhan Omar and state Attorney General Keith Ellison.
In Sherburne County:
Biden got 46 percent of the vote and Sanders got 27 percent. Bloomberg and Warren each had 10 percent.
In Stearns County:
Biden got 39 percent of the vote and Sanders got 30 percent. Warren had 12 percent and Bloomberg received 9 percent.
In Benton County:
Biden got 39 percent of the vote and Sanders got 31 percent. Warren had 11 percent and Bloomberg had 10 percent.
President Donald Trump had the Minnesota GOP primary ballot all to himself after party leaders decided not to list any Republican challengers.
It was Minnesota's first presidential primary since 1992 after decades of relying on precinct caucuses to indicate presidential preference.