Bernie Sanders wins Colorado primary, Biden wins Super Tuesday

Austin Fleskes, Ravyn Cullor, Laura Studley, and Serena Bettis

This article is accurate to results as of Wednesday night. It will be updated as complete primary results are finalized. Latest update as of 11:00 p.m. 

After the first major primaries night across the nation, Super Tuesday saw Bernie Sanders winning Colorado while Joe Biden took a majority of the other states up for primaries as of 11 p.m. on Wednesday. 

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Sanders won Colorado with over 30% of the vote, coming in over 10 points higher than his closest competitors, Biden and Mike Bloomberg. Sanders also saw commanding leads in Utah and his home state of Vermont. 

US Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to the audience during the Bernie Sanders rally in the Lory Student Center Ballroom on Oct. 24, 2018. (The Collegian file photo) 

The Associated Press called the Colorado primary in favor of Sanders mere minutes after the polls closed. 

“I’m feeling good about (Bernie winning Colorado),” said Kaori Keyser, campus corps leader for Rams for Bernie. “Obviously this is just one of the first steps, but I think it means that people are going to have a chance to have more of a say in decisions that are made at a national level and for things more local.”

However, while Sanders did find victory in Colorado, he came up short in most of the other Super Tuesday races. Biden took early control of eight of the 14 states, winning by more than 10 points in all of the Southern states excluding Texas, including a 30 point lead in Virginia. 

Final results showed Sanders winning California, Colorado, Utah and Vermont while Biden took all other Super Tuesday states. 

Super Tuesday projected winners by state, according to The Guardian:

 

  • Alabama: Joe Biden 
  • Arkansas: Joe Biden
  • California: Bernie Sanders 
  • Colorado: Bernie Sanders
  • Maine: Joe Biden 
  • Massachusetts: Joe Biden 
  • Minnesota: Joe Biden 
  • North Carolina: Joe Biden 
  • Oklahoma: Joe Biden
  • Tennessee: Joe Biden 
  • Texas: Joe Biden 
  • Utah: Bernie Sanders 
  • Vermont: Bernie Sanders 
  • Virginia: Joe Biden

 

Biden, who won his first primary in South Carolina on Saturday, saw recent endorsements from other moderate candidates who dropped out earlier this week, including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. 

On the Republican stage, President Donald Trump saw a landslide victory in Colorado with over 90% of the vote.

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd at his Feb. 20, 2020 campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Matt Tackett | The Collegian)

Blake Alfred, a representative for Students for Trump, is confident that the president will be able to beat either leading Democrat. 

“Trump will beat (Sanders or Biden) hands down based on his track record with the economy, lowest unemployment across every demographic, opportunity zones, fighting the opioid crisis, increasing funding to historically Black and African institutions, increasing paid family leave and pay for military families and a plethora of other accomplishments,” Alfred said.  

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The next set of primaries will be March 10, with races in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington. The candidates for both parties will be chosen at the Democratic Convention on July 13-16 and the Republican Convention on Aug. 24-27.

Austin Fleskes, Ravyn Cullor, Laura Studley and Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @CSUCollegian.