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Biden defeats Sanders in Florida Democratic Primary

Vice president wins by large margin in Miami-Dade, Broward counties

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Former Vice President Joe Biden handily defeated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Florida Democratic presidential primary Tuesday.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Biden had 61 percent of Florida votes to Sanders’ 22 percent. The rest of the percentage points went to candidates who had already left the race but were still counted from mail-in voting before they had dropped out.

In Broward County, Biden led over Sanders with a margin of 47.57 with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, while in Miami-Dade County, Biden had a 38.82 margin over Sanders with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

Polls closed in Florida at 7 p.m.

Voters had to navigate worries about the new coronavirus but no major disruptions occurred. State health officials worked with local elections supervisors to make sure polling locations are safe and clean, and some precincts at nursing homes and senior centers were moved.

In Palm Beach County, elections officials say many workers failed to show up in at least five locations. Still, in most locations voting went ahead as normal. Many people voted by mail or took advantage of early voting dates rather than waiting until Election Day itself.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.