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Joe Biden wins Hawaii Democratic presidential primary

Former US Vice President Joe Biden has won Hawaii’s Democratic presidential primary, the state Democratic Party announced Saturday.

Biden won 63.2% of the final vote on the ranked-choice ballot, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ended his presidential campaign last month, earned 36.8%.

Sanders formally endorsed Biden on April 13, but will continue to stay on the ballot in upcoming primaries to earn delegates for his representatives to have a seat on important Democratic National Convention committees.

Biden got 16 of Hawaii’s delegates and Sanders will earn eight. Currently, Biden has a total of 1,566 delegates to the party’s national convention, but needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination.

Hawaii’s primary was originally scheduled for April 4, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic Party of Hawaii canceled in-person voting and instead transitioned to an entirely vote-by-mail system.

Over 79,000 ballots were sent to the state party and nearly 35,000 were returned by mail by Friday which was the deadline, according to the announcement.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site same-day voting on April 4th has been cancelled. Instead the Party will send a third mailing of ballots out. …The mail-ballot return deadline is May 22, 2020. Results will be tabulated and released on May 23, 2020,” the Democratic Party of Hawaii said in a statement from late March.

Biden’s win in Hawaii comes after another victory in Oregon’s presidential primary that was also held entirely vote-by-mail earlier this week.

 

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