Former Vice President Joe Biden captured a majority of Illinois votes in the state’s presidential primary against Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who continues to fall behind in the race for Democratic nominee for President.
Biden’s win in Illinois comes after he gained key endorsements from state officials, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. Sanders got the endorsement from the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union, U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.
Since Super Tuesday March 3, Biden’s campaign has steadily picked up steam. Before the Illinois, Florida and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, Biden held 898 delegates over the Vermont senator, who had 745.
Biden has a more moderate platform than Sanders and supports returning to Obama-era policies, such as protecting and building upon the Affordable Care Act and investing in community colleges, his campaign page shows.
Sanders is known for his platform as a democratic socialist candidate, advocating for policies including “Medicare For All,” making public colleges tuition-free and erasing student loan debt, according to his campaign site.
As a candidate in 2016, Sanders lost to Secretary Hillary Clinton by a narrow margin — 2 percent, according to the AP. Tuesday, Sanders lost to Biden by a much larger, double-digit gap.
Earlier in the night Tuesday, Biden won Florida’s primary, according to Florida’s Division of Election. Arizona’s primary hadn’t been called by publication.
Ohio ultimately postponed its primary election, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, until June 2 due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.