Biden claims 46 delegates from Washington’s primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won 46 pledged delegates following the official certification of Washington state’s 2020 Presidential Primary.

Biden pulled in the most votes and received 37.94 percent of the vote in a crowded field of Democratic Party candidates.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders finished second among 13 candidates, with 36.57 percent of the vote.

The official vote count was 591,403 votes for Biden, and 570,039 ballots cast for Sanders.

Officials with the Washington State Democratic Party said Sanders will receive 43 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July.

A total of 1,558,776 ballots were cast for Democratic Party candidates.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren placed third, with 142,652 votes and 9.15 percent.

Former New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg came in fourth, with 122,530 votes and 7.86 percent of the Democratic Party vote.

According to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, more voters participated in Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary than in any presidential primary before. Results were certified by the state March 20.

Turnout statewide was pegged at 49.56 percent.

The second-greatest Presidential Primary turnout was in 2000, with 42.6 percent, when 1.3 million votes were cast. During the 2020 Presidential Primary, a total of 2,256,488 million ballots were counted.

Turnout in Kitsap County was 50.5 percent.

Biden was the top choice for Democrats in Kitsap, with 38.96 percent (23,998 votes). Sanders was second with 32.52 percent (20,029 votes), and Warren was third with 9.28 percent (5,713).

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