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US Super Tuesday elections: All the latest updates

Voting is underway in 14 states and one territory on Tuesday in the largest day of voting in the United States primary season.  More than two-thirds of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination – 1,357 out of the 1,991 needed – at the party’s convention in July are up for grabs. California and…

US Super Tuesday elections: All the latest updates

Voting is underway in 14 states and one territory on Tuesday in the largest day of voting in the United States primary season. 
More than two-thirds of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination – 1,357 out of the 1,991 needed – at the party’s convention in July are up for grabs. California and Texas are the day’s biggest prizes, with 415 and 228 delegates, respectively. 
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Super Tuesday comes amid a number of fast-moving developments for the Democratic Party: Former Vice President Joe Biden received endorsements from former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race just ahead of the big election day. 
Despite Senator Bernie Sanders’s loss to Biden in South Carolina, he remains a frontrunner. His fellow progressive candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, is looking to make up for lost ground. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy will be tested for the first time as he participates in his first voting contest. The fifth Democrat still standing, Tulsi Gabbard, is polling just over 1 percent in national polls.
I’m Jihan and I’m taking over for Joseph for the next few hours. Here are all the latest updates:
20:50 GMT – Sanders votes in Vemont
Sanders and his wife Jane voted in their home state of Vermont, and told a crowd of reporters outside a polling place in Burlington that his campaign was about defeating Trump, who is the “the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country.”
“We are putting together a multi-generational, multi-racial movement of people who are standing up for justice and to beat Donald Trump, we are going to need to have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country,” he said. 
Sanders is planning on holding an election night rally in Vermont.
20:45 GMT – Trump will be watching
Speaking on the White House lawn as he was heading to a roundtable on coronavirus Trump said he would be watching the results of Super Tuesday.
“I think it’s going to be a very interesting evening of television and I will be watching,” he told reporters.

Trump on Super Tuesday: ” I think it’s going to be a very interesting evening of television and I will be watching.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 3, 2020

Trump added that he does not have a favourite to run against in November, saying “I’ll take anybody I have to.”
20:00 GMT – Sanders team surprised by speed of Biden rise: Report
Bernie Sanders’s campaign was not expecting the speedy surge of moderate support for rival Joe Biden following his win in South Carolina, his campaign manager told the New York Times. 
“We always anticipated that there would be consolidation of an establishment side,” Faiz Shakir told the newspaper. “It’s one thing to know it’s going to happen, and it’s another thing to watch it happen so very quickly.”
“Because of the swiftness with which it moved, it’s becoming clear that in order for us to win this nomination, that road clearly flows through Joe Biden,” he said. 
19:30 GMT – Biden campaign launches Klobuchar ad
Less than a day after endorsing Joe Biden, Senator and former Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar has appeared in ad supporting her former rival. 
The ad is airing in the Minneapolis area in Klobuchar’s home state of Minnesota, one of fourteen states with primaries on Tuesday, Politico reported, citing Biden’s campaign. 
“It is time to turn back the division and the hate,” Klobuchar says in the ad, which uses footage from her endorsement announcement on Monday. “Vote for decency. Vote for dignity. Vote for a heart for our country.”

19:20 GMT – Former FBI Director James Comey supports Biden
Former FBI Director James Comey has thrown his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Comey tweeted Tuesday that he had voted in his first Democratic primary and that he believes the country needs a candidate “who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office”.

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Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020
— James Comey (@Comey) March 3, 2020

Comey had served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He was fired as FBI director by Trump in May 2017.
The Biden campaign, however, didn’t seem terribly appreciative of the nod. Comey, a Republican, was fired by Trump in 2017 and remains a polarizing figure even in Democratic circles.

Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge? https://t.co/NK4VrYGzT1
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) March 3, 2020

Bates is the Biden campaign rapid response director.
19:00 GMT – Democratic operative tells RNC chair to ‘go to hell’
Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile, appearing on Fox News Channel, clashed with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, telling her to “go to hell” after the Republican party chief said the Democratic primaries will be “rigged” against Bernie Sanders.
“Stay the hell out of our race,” Brazile said, referring to Republicans in general. “For people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans is stupid. So Ronna, go to hell!”

Donna Brazile just told Ronna McDaniel to go to hell on FOX NEWSpic.twitter.com/Cd2LY9v5vW
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) March 3, 2020

18:45 GMT – No noticeable uptick in cyber attacks: Gov’t official
The national agency that oversees election security has not detected any notable uptick in either misinformation by foreign nations or targeted attacks on voting equipment during the first hours of voting during Super Tuesday.
Misinformation campaigns by Russian operatives and others are ongoing but there hasn’t been “any appreciable increase in activity,” as voters go to the polls for Super Tuesday, senior officials with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told reporters, according to Reuters news agency. 

Louise Wilcox checks her ballots after coming out of a booth while voting in the primary election in Maine [Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press]

18:20 GMT – Election Protection coalition calls for extension of Tennessee primary
Election Protection, a national coalition that works to ensure election integrity, has called on Tennessee officials to extend the state’s primary after severe storms and tornadoes caused widespread destruction. 
In a letter to the Tennessee’s governor and secretary of state, the group said that “the storm has made it difficult, if not impossible, for many people to vote in today’s primary election”. 
The group also noted that the severe weather, which has killed at 22 people, has forced at least 24 polling stations to relocate. 

BREAKING: We’re calling on #Tennessee officials to extend the primary election period for voters impacted by the destruction and devastation caused by the tornado. Voters must be given a full and fair opportunity to vote. For those in the affected area, that can’t happen today. pic.twitter.com/edI7f4ZoH2
— Kristen Clarke 866-OUR-VOTE (@KristenClarkeJD) March 3, 2020

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18:00 GMT – Coronavirus fears loom over Super Tuesday
Super Tuesday has begun amid a backdrop of an escalating political and economic crisis over the global outbreak of the coronavirus, which has infected some 90,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,000, mostly in China.
In Travis County, Texas, voting got off to a slow start because many election workers did not show up, with some citing coronavirus fears, Reuters news agency reported, citing the county clerk’s office. The election office said it began implementing emergency procedures, with elections staff and others employees filling in as poll workers.

Wearing a mask as a precaution against passing or receiving germs, Joseph Dorocak casts his ballot on the eve of Super Tuesday at a voting center in Sacramento [Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press]

One California county sought to address concerns over the coronavirus by sending bottles of hand sanitizer to polling places and asking poll workers to post fliers from the public health department on how to avoid spreading the virus, according to Reuters. 
Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released guidance for polling stations instructing workers to frequently wash their hands and disinfect the machine and told those with symptoms to stay home.
17:45 GMT – Immigrant and Refugee rights group releases candidate score card
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) has released an immigration policy score card for each of the candidates.
The Texas-based non-profit judged each candidate based on 36 policy points falling under three categories “equality and inclusion for all people”, “build bridges not walls”, and “we were here because you were there”, which looks at foreign policy. 
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders scored the highest with “B-“, while Joe Biden was given a “C+” while Mike Bloomberg and Donald Trump were each given an “F”.

BREAKING: This #SuperTuesday and before voters go out to polls to decide who to vote for in this Democratic primary, RAICES Action releases a candidate scorecard to educate voters on who their best option is when it comes to immigration. #DontLookAway pic.twitter.com/8MsquuWm2i
— RAICES Action (@RAICESACTION) March 3, 2020

17:30 GMT – Report highlights difficulty of voting for transgender Americans
About 378,000 of an estimated 965,350 transgender adults who will be eligible to vote in the US 2020 general election could face barriers because they do not have an ID that correctly reflects their name or gender, according to a report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law published in February. 
Of those, nearly 81 transgender adults live in the eight states with the strictest forms of voter ID laws and risk disenfranchisement: Super Tuesday states Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.
The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted about the potential problem on Tuesday, and urged any voters facing issues to call the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline. 

If you face any trouble voting or have questions about your rights, call the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. #SuperTuesday
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 3, 2020

17:00 GMT – Analysis: Virginia the state to watch on Super Tuesday
Jonathan Last, a conservative US pundit and prominent never-Trumper, has some good analysis over at the Bulwark about what state is worth watching particularly close today – Virginia.
Why? “…because it has a mix of lots of different types of Democratic voters: African-Americans, college-educated suburbanites, union workers, and rural voters. There are no dense urban cores and not a lot of heavy industry, but it might be a pretty good bellwether,” Last writes. 
He continues: “I suspect we are on the way to a protracted battle for the soul of the Democratic party that pits two very different coalitions against one another: African-Americans, union workers, and college-educated suburbanites versus progressives, young Hispanics, and populist outsiders.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently projected to win an average of 52 out of the state’s 99 pledged delegates. 
16:45 GMT – Bloomberg acknowledges only path to victory is convention fight
Mike Bloomberg is acknowledging that his only path to the nomination is through a convention fight, while suggesting he may not win any states on Super Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at a field office in Miami, the business mogul and former mayor of New York City said, “I don’t know whether you’re gonna win any” when he was asked which of the 14 states voting Tuesday he believed he could win, according to the Associated Press news agency. 

A vote for me is a vote to defeat Donald Trump. https://t.co/xtjZRuLObW#SuperTuesday pic.twitter.com/smdBTo7qfE
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) March 3, 2020

Bloomberg added, “You don’t have to win states, you have to win delegates.” He suggested that no one will get a majority of delegates and “then you go to a convention, and we’ll see what happens.”
Bloomberg was then asked if he wanted a contested convention and he said, “I don’t think that I can win any other way.”
16:30 GMT – Tennessee not the only state facing severe Super Tuesday weather
In rural central Alabama, the National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for at least five counties as polls began to open. 
In Bibb County, southwest of Birmingham, as seven poll workers were getting ready to open up the Lawley Senior Activity Center, cellphone alerts began going off with a tornado warning about 6:45 AM, volunteer Gwen Thompson told the Associated Press news agency. 

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If you were affected by the tornado in Middle Tennessee today please check the Davidson County election commission website: https://t.co/213Ex0V7th. If you are experiencing any other voting issues call our campaign at 844-456-6453
— TN for Mike – Text MIKE to 80510 (@TNforMike) March 3, 2020

The storm knocked out electricity, she said, but the precinct’s two electronic voting machines had battery backups and a few people had cast ballots less than an hour later.
“We’re voting by flashlight,” Thompson said.
In Tennessee, tornadoes had killed 19 people early Tuesday, and forced many polling stations to relocate. 

A man walks through storm debris following a deadly tornado in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday [Mark Humphrey/The Associated Press]

16:15 GMT – Time for Warren’s political obituary? 
The New York Times already appears to be writing Elizabeth Warren’s political obituary this morning:
“Now, as voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday, Ms. Warren’s campaign has all but admitted her pathway to winning the Democratic nomination outright has vanished. She enters March seeking to accumulate delegates for a potential contested convention and is most realistically hunting for them in more educated enclaves, like Seattle and Denver, where she recently held rallies and is investing heavily in advertising.”

[email protected] greets her supporters after voting here in Cambridge, MA. pic.twitter.com/92KQ6mrWZB
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) March 3, 2020

“In many ways, the arc of the Warren candidacy is the story of her cornering an upscale demographic early, only to become confined to it, and then lose her grip on it,” the newspaper says.
The Times calls that upscale demographic the “wine track” of Democratic politics: white, affluent and college-educated voters, especially women.
Warren voted in her home state of Massachusetts in the last hour and didn’t sound like someone who is giving up just yet. But polls there have her trailing Sanders by 4 points. If she can’t win her own state, odds are that she’s not going to do terribly well nationally.
16:00 GMT – Bernie Sanders casts vote in Vermont 
Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner heading into Super Tuesday, has cast his vote in his home city of Burlington, Vermont. 
“To beat Donald Trump, we are going to need to have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country. We need energy. We need excitement. I think our campaign is that campaign,” he said. 
Polls indicate an all-but-sure majority for Sanders in the state, where he is forecasted to take an average of 12 of the 16 pledged delegates. 

Bernie Sanders drove himself to his polling place in Burlington, VT this morning. pic.twitter.com/sSvAoTEHxo
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) March 3, 2020

15:45 GMT – Elizabeth Warren casts vote in Massachusetts
Elizabeth Warren has cast her ballot in her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
In a video posted to her Instagram page, Warren speaks to a group of children before casting her ballot. As she leaves, a crowd of supports chants “welcome home”. 
Warren has eight delegates heading into Super Tuesday, far behind Bernie Sanders 60 and Joe Biden’s 54. She has vowed to stay in the race until the party’s national convention in July.

15:30 GMT – Sanders maintains demographic edge in key states: Report
Bernie Sanders may have the establishment apparatus of the Democratic Party lined up against him, but an analysis of voter preferences by congressional district concluded that he maintains a demographic edge over Joe Biden in key states like California and Texas with huge delegate counts.
The analysis of census data by the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, provided to CNN, concludes that because Sanders performs well among Hispanic voters and white voters without college degrees, he has a strong chance of earning delegates in congressional districts where those voters compose at least a quarter of the eligible electorate. 
Meanwhile, there are fewer Super Tuesday districts where Black voters and white voters with college degrees, who have been more resistant to Sanders, are prevalent, according to the analysis.

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