A resurgent Joe Biden was projected to win five large states on Tuesday, while battling front-runner Bernie Sanders for the lead in other states on the biggest day of voting in the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating race.
Edison Research and the main television networks declared Biden the winner in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama based on exit polls on Super Tuesday, when Americans in 14 states voted for a Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 election.
Fox News projected Biden would also win Oklahoma.
Sanders was projected to win his home state of Vermont, an expected outcome for the self-described democratic socialist and independent senator who hopes to take a huge step toward winning the nomination on Tuesday. Fox News projected he would also win Colorado.
More than one-third of the delegates who will pick the eventual nominee at a July convention are up for grabs in primary elections on Tuesday that could provide some clarity at last in a muddled race for the White House.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders cheer as they watch voting returns at a primary night election rally in Essex Junction, Vermont, March 3, 2020.Matt Rourke/AP
Early results showed Biden and Sanders battling for the lead in Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Arkansas.
Biden, former President Barack Obama's vice president, has enjoyed a burst of momentum since a blowout win in South Carolina on Saturday, which led to endorsements from a flood of prominent party officials and former rivals.