Super Tuesday Election 2020 Results As It Happened: Democrats Face Off in California, Texas and 12 Other States

Today is Super Tuesday, the most important day of the Democratic 2020 primary. If history has anything to say, the winner who comes out with the most delegates at the end of the night will likely go on to become the party's nominee. Only one Democratic candidate since 1984 has won Super Tuesday, but went on to lose the nomination—just one.

With former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar's recent withdrawal from the race, today's battle is shaping up to be between one progressive and one moderate: Senator Bernie Sanders vs. former Vice President Joe Biden. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg are still in the race, but due to poor polling figures and results in early voting states, their chances at securing a high number of delegates remain low.

Bloomberg is just beginning his run here after having skipped the first four contests. Will his more than $660 million dollar self-funded advertising push pay off? Warren is vying to accumulate delegates and secure a win in her home state of Massachusetts. Without a good showing tonight, her campaign will continue to fade.

With Klobuchar, Buttigieg and Beto O'Rourke's endorsement, Biden is experiencing his biggest burst of Joe-mentum to date. The three younger former candidates have been appealing to their supporters to go out to vote for the former vice president, who's emerged as the figure that most moderates will coalesce around.

Sanders is fighting back to keep control of his frontrunner status. While most candidates thus far have refrained from going after Biden's long and patchy record, the Vermont senator is now pointing to his previous support for the Iraq invasion and various unpopular trade deals.

Just over one-third—1,357 delegates—are on the line over 14 states from Maine to California. The first polls close at 7 p.m. ET in Vermont and Virginia. From there, we'll see North Carolina close at 7:30 p.m.

Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Texas are next, with polls closing at 8 p.m. Followed by Arkansas half an hour later, before Colorado and Minnesota at 9 p.m. Utah and Tennessee will follow at 10 p.m. (results from Tennessee may be delayed due to tornadoes), until finally, polls in California, the state with a massive 415 delegates will end at 11 p.m. ET.

We're in for a very long evening guys.

Check back to keep up to date on today's developments. We will update this story with results, key moments, photos and other news throughout the day.

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A woman marks down her vote on a ballot for the Democratic presidential primary election at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Herndon, Virginia. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. Samuel Corum/Getty

Live Updates

02:12 a.m.: Biden wins Texas

The Associated Press and ABC News are now projecting that Biden has won Texas, the state with the second-largest number of delegates on offer (228 to be awarded), in a closely-fought contest with Sanders, who finishes up second. Vox has also called Texas for Biden. It marks Biden's ninth win on Super Tuesday.

11:05 p.m.: Sanders wins California

As soon as the polls closed in California, the Associated Press called the race for Sanders. California is the state with the most potential delegates—415—though Sanders was the expected winner of the state. As very few of the results have been released, however, it remains to be seen what proportion of the vote he'll get, and how many delegates he'll pick up from the state.

11:00 p.m.: Biden wins Massachusetts

In what must be seen as a heartbreaking moment for Warren, Biden leads her home state by 7 points—but she's not even in second place. Instead, with 49 percent reporting, Biden leads with 33.5 percent, followed by Sanders with 26.4 percent and Warren with 21.1 percent. If there is a silver lining for Warren, at least she's still viable in her home state. Unfortunately for Warren, her birth state of Oklahoma also rejected her candidacy, putting her in fourth after Bloomberg.

10:45 p.m.: Sanders wins Utah

The Associated Press and the New York Times have both called Utah for Sanders, with only 9 precincts reporting. Bloomberg and Warren appear to be the only potentially viable candidates in the state, with Bloomberg coming in second with 19 percent of the vote, compared to Sanders' 32 percent. Biden has taken the lead over Buttigieg, but only by 98 votes as of this writing—putting him at 13.5 percent, still not enough to be viable in the state.

10:40 p.m.: Sanders campaign files for emergency injunction to keep Los Angeles County polls open

In response to reports of massive lines and problems with voting machines in Los Angeles County, the Sanders has filed for an emergency injunction to keep the polls open to 10 p.m. local time, two hours after the polls were scheduled to close.

10:35 p.m.: Joe Biden shares victory speech in Los Angeles

Speaking in Los Angeles, Biden thanked Amy Klobuchar for her endorsement, which he credited with winning him the state of Minnesota. During his speech, two protesters rushed on the stage, waving placards that read "Let dairy die."

Sanders has also been targeted by the "Let dairy die" protesters, part of the animal-rights group Direct Action Everywhere, who have sent topless protesters to Sanders rallies.

"Bernie, I'm your biggest supporter, and I'm here to ask you to stop pumping up the dairy industry and to stop pumping up animal agriculture," one protester said at a Sanders rally last month.

10:30 p.m.: Sanders leads in Utah

It was expected that Utah would go for Sanders, and so far, with only nine precincts reporting, that looks to be the case. Sanders is leading the state with just shy of 33 percent, followed by Bloomberg with 18.6 percent and Warren with 15.8 percent. Biden came in behind Buttigieg, despite the latter pulling out of the race. Biden earned 11.9 percent in Utah, two full points behind Buttigieg.

Reports are coming in from other states that long lines have meant some voters haven't had a chance to cast their ballots yet. In Texas, University of Texas students tell CBS they've been waiting two hours. Even though polls closed nearly two hours ago, everyone who stays in line will get to vote. Similar lines have been reported in California too, however polls have yet to close in that state.

10:00 p.m.: Biden picks up Minnesota, Arkansas

It wasn't initially clear who was going to win Minnesota. While Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorsed Biden when she dropped out of the race this week, Sanders won the 2016 primary by 20 points—and Rep. Ilhan Omar endorsed Sanders.

The wait is over: Biden is the winner of the state, according to the Associated Press. With 22 percent of precincts reporting, Biden leads Sanders 36 percent to 32 percent. At this juncture, though, it looks like Warren is still viable in the state with 17.5 percent.

The race was less close in Arkansas, which the AP also called for Biden. In that state, Biden had 9 points ahead of Sanders, 30 percent to 21 percent. Bloomberg came in third with 20.5 percent, meaning he could still get delegates from the state.

So far, out of the 14 states voting, Biden has won six states, and Sanders two—however, Sanders is expected to pick up Utah as well as California, the state with the most delegates. Sanders also leads in Texas, the state with the second-most delegates.

9:30 p.m.: Bloomberg campaign manager says that "only one-third of delegates" are pledged tonight

In a statement released on Twitter this evening, Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg 2020 campaign manager, suggests that Bloomberg will not be out after his Super Tuesday performance.

"Tonight, only one-third of delegates will be allotted. As Mike said tonight, 'No matter how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something no one else thought was possible. In just three months, we've gone from just 1% in the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination.'" Sheekey wrote.

So far, Bloomberg has only won American Samoa, however, once all the votes come in, Bloomberg may be viable in some states, meaning he could pick up some extra delegates.

9:15 p.m.: Biden wins Oklahoma, Tennessee

Though initial polls had Oklahoma as a wild-card state, the Associated Press has just called the state for Biden, with 8 percent of precincts reporting. Biden leads Sanders 30 percent to 21 percent, though Bloomberg also broke the 15 percent threshold, so he may pick up a delegate—but it's too early to tell for sure. Sanders supporters will likely see this as an upset—Sanders won the state by 10 points in 2016.

Another southern state, Tennessee, has just been called for Biden too. The New York Times reports a 10 point lead over Sanders, 34 percent to 24 percent. Bloomberg is in third in Tennessee, with 19 percent of the vote, meaning Bloomberg could be viable in this state as well as Oklahoma.

NBC News is also reporting that between 2016 and 2020, voter turnout in Virginia has nearly doubled.

9:00 p.m.: Warren is unlikely to win her home state, while Sanders wins Colorado

As the votes come in in Massachusetts, with just over 100,000 votes counted, Warren is poised to lose her home state. The numbers are relatively close, however; as of this writing, Biden leads with 30.5 percent, followed by Sanders with 27.9 percent and Warren at 25.1 percent.

The Associated Press has called Colorado for Sanders. The state was seen as a stronghold for Sanders, so his victory there is not surprising.

8:46 p.m.: Biden winning over Sanders among African American voters

Early exit polls show Biden winning over Sanders by a considerable margin among black voters, as well as older voters. The former vice president secured 72 percent of the black vote in Alabama. He's roughly securing nearly two-thirds of African American voters in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, according to The New York Times.

8:45 p.m.: Oklahoma exit polls and a tight race

Exit polls from NBC News show that Oklahoma voters would prefer a candidate who can beat Trump versus one who agrees with voters on the issues, 57 percent to 39 percent. As far as which candidates have the best chance to defeat Trump, 46 percent of Oklahomans say that's Biden, followed by Sanders at 25 percent, Bloomberg at 16 percent and Warren at 5 percent.

As for the real voting counts in Oklahoma, it's still very tight, with Biden leading Sanders and Bloomberg by four percentage points, 24 percent to 20 percent each for the two runners up.

Of course, the real question is the delegate counts. According to the New York Times' estimates, Biden and Sanders could be neck-and-neck, with Biden expected to nab 586 delegates to Sanders' expected 578.

In Virginia, it's a Biden landslide, with 55 percent of the vote. However, it looks like Sanders will be the only other candidate to get any delegates from the state; neither Warren nor Bloomberg have met the 15 percent threshold, with 85 percent of precincts reporting.

8:30 p.m.: Bernie Sanders leads in Texas among early voters

While it's too early to tell in Texas, early votes show Sanders leading Bloomberg 36 percent to 23 percent, followed by Biden with just over 15 percent.

With 1 percent of the vote counted in Maine, Biden leads Sanders by eight points, followed by Bloomberg at 15 percent and Warren at 11 percent.

In Vermont, Biden's lead increases, outperforming polls. With 62 percent of the vote counted, Biden leads Sanders 55 percent to 24 percent, followed by Warren with 11 percent and Bloomberg with 9 percent.

8:15 p.m.: Joe Biden wins Alabama Democratic primary

Biden is projected to win Alabama, the third southern state he's won so far Tuesday evening. Though very few votes are counted, Biden is expected to lead with about 40 percent of the vote, followed by Bloomberg and Warren with 16 percent each, and then Sanders with 12 percent.

Oklahoma is shaping up to be a tight race, with Biden in a very narrow lead over Bloomberg in the initial counts. Another tight race is Tennessee with initial counts showing Sanders in a slight lead over Bloomberg and Biden. In both of these states, there are still many more votes to be counted, so these results may change as the night goes on.

The Associated Press has just called the North Carolina race for Joe Biden.

8:00 p.m.: Long lines in Texas

Voters in Dallas and Tarrant counties in Texas have spent over an hour in line due to a lack of voting machines, according to KDFW. Election officials in Tarrant put 600 more voting machines in the Republican race, due to historical voting data. In Dallas County, the issue was a number of new voting centers which would allow citizens to vote at any poll in the county, rather than the one they were registered to.

7:48 p.m.: Biden projected to win North Carolina

According to an NBC projection, Biden is expected to win North Carolina, a state with 110 delegates. The network's exit poll shows that 50 percent of voters over 45 in the state have indicated backing for Biden, 14 percent for Bloomberg and 13 percent for Sanders. Among black voters, 63 percent has indicated a vote for Biden, compared to just 16 percent for Sanders. The former vice president could take the state by a considerable margin. It is currently unclear whether Sanders will clear the 15 percent cutoff.

7:45 p.m.: American Samoa goes for Bloomberg

In the American protectorate, Bloomberg has won with 50 percent of the vote, earning the former New York Mayor 4 delegates. In second is Gabbard with 29 percent, who will pick up a delegate for her trouble. Sanders was third with 10.5 percent, meaning he won't earn any Samoan delegates.

Sanders claimed victory in Vermont, thanking the state for its support in a tweet.

"Thank you Vermont! It is an honor to be your senator. Let's go forward and transform the country together," Sanders said.

7:30 p.m.: Virginia holds for Biden, Vermont Sanders supporters will vote for the Dem in the general

Approximately 82 percent of Sanders voters in Vermont will vote for the Democratic nominee in November, regardless of if Sanders gets the nomination, according to a new poll.

With 10 percent counted in Virginia, things are looking to match the Times' predictions. Biden currently has 57 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders at 23 percent and Warren at 9 percent.

7:05 p.m.: Early calls in Vermont and Virginia for Sanders and Biden, respectively

Though no votes have been counted, the New York Times and NBC News have both called Virginia for Joe Biden, expecting the former vice president to receive 48 delegates and about 41 percent of the vote. According to the paper's estimates, Sanders will come in second with 30 delegates and 25 percent of the vote, followed by Bloomberg with 14 delegates and 17 percent, and Warren with seven delegates and 13 percent of the vote.

Likewise, early reports from NBC and the Times have Sanders winning his home state of Vermont—mirroring expectations.

7:00 p.m.: Vermont and Maine exit polls

Though we're still waiting for results to come in, exit polls are already giving insight on voters' most important issues. A new NBC News poll shows that voters in Vermont and Maine are most interested in health care, at 40 percent and 47 percent respectively. Following that is Climate Change, at 28 percent in both states, income equality at 21 percent in Vermont and 17 percent in Maine, and finally, race relations, at 3 and 4 percent in Vermont and Maine respectively.

In Virginia, the Washington Post reports that about half of Democratic primary voters say Biden has the best chance of beating Trump in November; about 20 percent suggest Sanders would most likely defeat the president in the general election.