Biden projected to win Mississippi, Missouri primaries

2020-03-11 04:14:10 GMT2020-03-11 12:14:10(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win Tuesday's Democratic primaries in the states of Mississippi and Missouri, local media reported.

Multiple media outlets called the victory for Biden over veteran Senator Bernie Sanders as soon as polls closed.

Black voters were thought to have delivered decisive victory for Biden in Mississippi, since exit polls found that about two-thirds of Democratic voters in the deep south state are black, the highest rate of any state that has voted so far.

About 75 percent of voters in Mississippi said Biden best understands the concerns of people of color, according to TheHill news report.

An NBC News exit poll also showed broad support underpins Biden's Missouri victory, with especially strong backing from black voters and voters 45 or older.

Biden was also the clear favorite of voters looking for someone who can unite the country and voters whose top priority is beating President Donald Trump, local analysts say.

Six U.S. states held primaries on Tuesday for voters to select their prefered presidential candidate this year. The other four states are Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota and Washington.

Trump is expected to win the Republican primaries as he faces no major challenges in the party. On the Democratic side, Biden and Sanders are locked in a one-on-one battle for the party's presidential nomination.

The two candidates are paying much attention to Michigan, a battleground state that awards 125 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention (DNC), scheduled for July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tuesday's contests come a week after Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries, in which Biden won 10 of the 14 states voting that day, while Sanders won the other four. Biden led Sanders in pledged delegates with 670 to 574 as of Tuesday morning.

U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is still in the Democratic primary race but is trailing well behind Biden and Sanders.