Super Tuesday in Virginia: Biden claims victory as turnout surpasses 2008 record

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The latest on Super Tuesday — the most important day on the Democratic primary calendar in the race for 1,991 delegates.

While Virginia’s Democratic primary was called for former Vice President Joe Biden, the resurgent Biden scored victories from Texas to Massachusetts, revitalizing a presidential bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier. 


After claiming South Carolina primary, Biden wins big in Virginia

With 99% of precincts reporting in Virginia, former Vice President Joe Biden has 53% of the vote and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has 23%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has nearly 11% of the vote.

Voter turnout in Virginia nearly doubled from 2016, when Hillary Clinton received more than 500,000 votes. On Tuesday, turnout was over 23% with Biden getting more than 700,000 votes.

A survey from The Associated Press revealed that Democratic voters in Virginia listed health care as the most important issue facing the country and roughly 8 in 10 voters said it was very important for a nominee to be able to defeat President Donald Trump in a general election.

7 p.m.

The Virginia primary has been called for former Vice President Joe Biden. How many of Virginia’s 99 pledged delegates Biden will eventually come away with is unknown at this time.

Virginia’s polls have officially closed but millions of voters across the country are still making their decisions on Super Tuesday. The polls in Vermont, where Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to win, also closed at 7 p.m.

6 p.m.

As millions of voters across the country make their decisions on Super Tuesday, several Virginia cities and counties are sharing voter turnout data.

Petersburg is reporting a 22.6% average turnout as of 6 p.m., which surpasses the numbers from 2016 when 4,803 voters cast their ballots in the Democratic primary. During Tuesday’s contests, 4,949 Petersburg residents, including the Central Absentee Precinct, have already voted, according to Dawn Williams, the city’s general registrar.

Early voting in Virginia has surpassed 2016, when more than 26,000 absentee ballots were cast during the Democratic primary, according to VPAP. Unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections shows that 54,653 votes were returned for Tuesday’s primary.

4:30 p.m.

The City of Richmond General Registrar Kirk Showalter told 8News that as of 4 p.m. the city’s voter turnout average is at 25%.

Henrico County’s Director of Elections and General Registrar Mark Coakley said that the average turnout in the county is 20%, with 27% reporting at the precinct with the highest turnout and 12% at the lowest.

3 p.m.

The City of Richmond reported 16% voter turnout as of noon, according to General Registrar Kirk Showalter.

“Strong and steady,” Showalter said of the turnout. “No significant issues.”

Voter turnout in Henrico County is around 14%, with some precincts getting 20% turnout and others at about 10%, according to Mark J. Coakley, the county’s director of elections and registrar.

“Poll workers have experienced a steady stream with minimum lines forming,” Coakley told 8News.

While Hanover County does not receive turnout results until after the polls close, the county’s general registrar said the polling locations opened on time and no issues have been reported as of 2 p.m.

8:30 a.m.

Mayor Levar Stoney has voted. The Richmond mayor announced his endorsement for Joe Biden on the heels of his South Carolina primary victory Saturday.

8:15 a.m.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia First Lady Pam Northam cast their Super Tuesday note at the Main Library.

8:00 a.m.

Over 100 people have voted at the Main Library in RVA. Voters need to bring a photo ID to te polls. Also, if you’re in line by 7 p.m. you will be able to cast your vote.

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7:00 a.m.

It is Primary Day across the Commonwealth and we are looking at showers today, but it will be mild. If you are heading out to the polls make sure you grab an umbrella as you leave the house.

6:00 a.m.

It’s Super Tuesday! The polls are now open. Voters should note that 14 candidates will appear on the ballot but only five are still in the presidential race.

Here’s who is left:

  • Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

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