Joe Biden cruises to victory in Missouri primary

The former VP also picked up wins in Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi

AP News Staff
March 11, 2020 - 7:24 am
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden addresses supporters in Michigan on primary day, March 11, 2020.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Biden went into Tuesday's primaries riding a wave of voter confidence about his chances of victory in November - and that propelled him to wins in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi. 

About 60 percent of Missouri Democrats chose Biden over his chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who received about 35 percent of the vote.

ANN ARBOR, MI - MARCH 08: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses supporters during a campaign rally on March 8, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
Democratic primary voters in the primary states were more likely to think the former vice president could defeat President Donald Trump in the general election, compared with Sanders. That's according to AP VoteCast surveys. About 80 percent of voters in Michigan and Missouri believe Biden could beat the incumbent president, while roughly 90 percent in Mississippi feel that way. Just about 60 percent of voters in each state think Sanders would be likely to defeat Trump.

As of early Wednesday, Biden had been declared the winner in Missouri, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi, according to the New York Times. Sanders was the presumed winner in North Dakota and Washington was too close to call.  

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