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Texas went for Joe Biden in Super Tuesday's presidential primary

Texas went for Joe Biden in Super Tuesday's presidential primary

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Joe Biden at Whataburger with Amy Sanders and Beto O'Rourke. Photo courtesy of Jonas Park

Presidential candidate Joe Biden squeaked past Bernie Sanders to win the state of Texas in the primary election on March 3, winning by 3 percentage points.

Biden won 10 of the 14 states voting on Super Tuesday; Sanders won four including Colorado, Utah, his home state Vermont, and California, the largest of all.

In Texas, the contest got down to Biden versus Bernie. Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren earned half as many votes and only 1 delegate each in the electoral college.

Bloomberg announced on March 4 that he would withdraw from the race, and is endorsing Biden.

The numbers in Texas were as follows:

  • Biden: 704,943 votes or 34 percent
  • Sanders: 625,195 votes or 30 percent
  • Bloomberg: 312,340 votes or 15 percent
  • Warren: 236,648 votes or 11 percent

Biden's success was helped by last-minute endorsements from Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O'Rourke, who all consolidated their support by showing up at a rally in Dallas on election eve.

According to FiveThirtyEight, last-minute voters made a difference. Voters who made their decision in the last few days favored Biden, particularly among white and Hispanic voters.

In Texas, Hispanic voters make up about one-third of the electorate, and 34 percent of the last-minute deciders went for Biden, versus 23 percent of the earlier deciders.

Sanders drew college students and 20-somethings at his rallies, but fewer young voters turned out on Super Tuesday including Texas, where 15 percent of voters in 2020 were between 17 and 29, compared to 20 percent in 2016.

Voters in Texas experienced difficulties at the polls, some enduring long lines. At Texas Southern University, the last person in line voted at 1:30 am after waiting nearly seven hours to vote.

Texas has also shut down hundreds of polling sites. According to an analysis published by The Guardian on March 2, Texas has closed more polling places than any other state since 2012, with most of the closures in black and Latino areas.

In other Texas races, Wendy Davis won the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 21 covering Austin and San Antonio. Incumbent U.S. Representative Kay Granger, a Republican from Fort Worth, prevailed despite an ugly campaign waged by challenger Chris Putnam. Incumbent Henry Cuellar, a conservative Democrat from Laredo, prevailed over more progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros.


Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.