Biden says he's 'alive' after win in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi

There are 352 delegates up for grabs across the six states.

March 11, 2020, 7:31 AM

Primary voters in the key battleground state of Michigan as well as Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington state headed to the polls in a closely watched contest that could help determine the next phase of the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.

There are 352 delegates up for grabs across the six states.

Here's how the night unfolded.

6: 33 a.am. In Washington State, the counting continues

With 69% of the expected vote reporting in Washington, it's a tie between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders 33%-33%. Washington is a completely vote-by-mail system, and Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg are currently scooping up a significant amount of the vote: Warren has 12% and Bloomberg has 11%.

Once a ballot is submitted, voters cannot change or "spoil" their ballots and vote for someone else, like voters in Michigan could have if the candidate they voted for dropped out.

However, there's a good chance two candidates who ended their bids, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's percent share of the vote will decrease as the state processes more ballots received on Election Day, and received in the mail today.

The secretary of state's office told ABC News Tuesday night, "We typically see about half of the ballots we will receive for the whole primary on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of election week, with about the same number of ballots received Wednesday that we’ll receive today."

Popular vote so far as of Tuesday night

Biden: 1,838,614 (50%)

Sanders: 1,229,836 (34%)

Gabbard: 24,770 (1%)

ABC News' Quinn Scanlan reporting.

1: 58 a.m. ABC pledged delegate totals from Tuesday's voting: Biden 169, Sanders 105

Democrats:

· 274 Pledged Delegates have been allocated today.

· 91 remain outstanding

Tuesday's pledged delegate totals stand at:

· 169 Biden

· 105 Sanders

Biden has 806 pledged delegates overall while Sanders has 662.

1,991 delegates are needed to nominate.

1:35 a.m. ABC News projects Biden wins Idaho

Based on an analysis of the vote, ABC News projects that former vice president Joe Biden will win the Idaho primary.

12: 39 a.m. Two "Squad" members backing Sanders stress need to fight for progressives values

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent Sanders surrogate and member of the "Squad", took to Instagram Live to react to tonight’s primary results, which saw the Vermont senator take heavy defeats in multiple states, including delegate-rich Michigan. She acknowledged how difficult the evening was for Sanders and for the revolutionary movement he is running on.

"You know, there’s no sugar coating it – tonight’s a tough night," she said. "Tonight’s a tough night for the movement overall."

Ocasio-Cortez stressed the importance of recognizing this generational gap as the “movement” goes forward.

"I congratulate Vice President Biden on the states that he won this evening. But if you want to look in and say, “What does this mean for the movement?” One of the things we’re seeing is that there’s a very strong generational divide […] across many different issues. There’s a generational divide in the Democratic Party on health care, on climate change, on foreign policy, on pretty much every policy imaginable. And as a younger person in this movement, I take a lot of that information for how we navigate the next decade," she said. "What is surprising is how stark it actually is. We’re not talking about a generational bump or a little bit of an edge. It is decisively different. And that is something that we need to read into, it’s something that we need to be paying attention to."

Earlier in the evening, another member of the "Squad" and a fellow Sanders backer, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, also weighed in on his run.

"Yes we are a family, united in restoring our democracy and committed to defeating Trump, but that doesn’t mean we should stop fighting for the candidate that best represents our policy priorities in this Primary. Be kind to one another and let’s have each other’s back in Nov!"

Yes we are a family, united in restoring our democracy and committed to defeating Trump, but that doesn’t mean we should stop fighting for the candidate that best represents our policy priorities in this Primary.

Be kind to one another and let’s have each other’s back in Nov!

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 11, 2020
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