Biden beats Sanders in state primaries

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Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden has beaten Vermont senator Bernie Sanders in Washington state’s Democratic presidential primary that took place on March 10, according to unofficial results from the Washington secretary of state.

As of March 16 at 6:49 p.m., Biden had received 575,291 votes (37.8%) statewide compared to 553,930 votes (36.4%) for Sanders.

In Whatcom County the picture was different, with Sanders leading Biden by a significant margin. According to the Whatcom County auditor’s office, Sanders had received 26,698 votes (45.9%) in the county, compared to 18,436 votes (31.7%) for Biden, as of March 13 at 4 p.m.

A total of 81,629 ballots had been counted in Whatcom County so far, with an estimated 50 ballots left to count. The next ballot count was scheduled for March 19 by 5 p.m. With 149,114 registered voters in the county, local voter turnout stood at 54.7 percent. Statewide, voter turnout stood at 48.8 percent, lower than the turnout in Whatcom County.

On the Republican side, President Trump received 668,128 votes (98.4%) at the state level and 22,984 votes (98.4%) in the county, with write-in candidates receiving the remaining Republican votes.

Election results are certified by each county on March 20, and the secretary of state certifies final results by March 27.

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