- The Democratic presidential primary in Virginia has been called for Joe Biden.
- The Old Dominion’s polls just closed at 7 p.m. Eastern.
- We’ll have up-to-the-minute live vote counts and results happening in real time updating automatically.
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Virginia has been called for Joe Biden.
Insider and DBHQ are calling the Old Dominion for Biden. Polls closed in Virginia, but voters in line at the cutoff time of 7 p.m. will still be permitted to cast their ballots. We will have live vote counts and results happening in real time.
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UVA Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato tweeted that Bloomberg is tanking in Virginia.
—Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) March 4, 2020
Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Bykowicz tweeted that the former mayor of New York City poured $18 million into ads run in Virginia.
—Julie Bykowicz (@bykowicz) March 4, 2020
Everything you need to know about Super Tuesday on March 3, the biggest day in the Democratic primaries
What’s at stake in the primary?
The Commonwealth of Virginia has an open primary, with 124 total allocated delegates. Of those delegates, 99 are pledged delegates, elected at the local level. Those 99 delegates will be up for grabs on Super Tuesday, based on the primary’s popular vote. The 25 remaining delegates are super delegates, meaning that they are free to support any candidate during the Democratic National Convention in July.
Who does the polling say is ahead?
According to FiveThirtyEight’s election forecast, Biden went into Super Tuesday with a 56% chance of winning the most votes in the race.
A February poll from Monmouth University found that Virginia voters “who are likely to participate in the Democratic primary” are equally split between Sanders and Bloomberg, with each candidate racking up 22% of support.
Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray described the Virginia primary as a “jump ball” for the candidates. The February 18 poll found that only a quarter of Virginia Democratic primary voters felt “firmly set on their candidate choice.”
A poll from Christopher Newport University published on February 28 found that 82% of Democratic primary voters plan to throw their support behind whoever the Democrats nominate to challenge Trump. Of the remaining 18%, two-thirds said they “fear the nominee will be ‘too liberal.'”