Biden wins statewide Democratic vote in Washington state

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the statewide vote in Washington’s vote-by-mail Democratic presidential primary, maintaining the narrow lead he’s held over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders since last week as additional results were counted Monday.

Biden led by more than 21,000 votes after more than 2.2 million votes were counted, and was winning in 25 of the state’s 39 counties. Of the state’s 89 pledged delegates, only 31 are allocated based on the statewide result. The remaining 58 are determined based on the results of the state’s 10 congressional districts.

Democrats are using the vote-by-mail presidential primary for the first time to allocate delegates instead of the smaller caucuses used in previous years.

Biden’s victory means he won five of the six states that voted last Tuesday – Washington, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, and Mississippi, while Sanders won North Dakota’s caucuses. (AP)

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