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UPDATE: Andrew Yang endorsed Joe Biden on CNN on Tuesday, as Biden built on his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders with big wins in the Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi primaries.

Yang called Biden the “prohibitive nominee,” and said, “You can see that Biden is building a delegate lead that is only going to grow in the days ahead.”

Yang’s presidential bid gained a fervent following known as the “Yang Gang,” but he dropped out of the race when he trailed in the New Hampshire primary. He then signed on as a special contributor on CNN.

Yang said that he gets the “frustration” of Bernie Sanders supporters, but that defeating President Donald Trump is the first priority. Yang said that he spoke to Biden last week but was not ready to endorse in the race.

Another CNN commentator, Van Jones, cautioned that Biden has work to do on unifying the party, particularly with younger voters who gravitated to Sanders’ message of overhauling the U.S. economy to help the working class.

PREVIOUSLY: Joe Biden was the projected winner of the Michigan primary, the biggest delegate prize among six presidential contests on Tuesday, but also a blow to Bernie Sanders’ efforts to stage a resurgence in the Democratic race.

Biden’s victory is a blow to Sanders, who won an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Michigan has 125 delegates, almost half of those at stake on Tuesday, but it also has symbolic value. It was one of the three traditionally blue states that Donald Trump wrested away from the Democrats in 2016.

Biden also won primaries in Missouri and Mississippi.

On ABC News, analyst Matthew Dowd said that in contrast to 2016, when working class white voters “did not feel aligned with Hillary Clinton.” “That is something very different from what we have now, because a lot of those working class whites feel aligned with Joe Biden, or as aligned with Bernie Sanders.” Exit polls showed Biden was leading or competitive in rural areas of the state, regions that eluded Clinton in 2016.

Polls have yet to close in three other states with contests — North Dakota, Idaho and Washington.

Major cable news networks covered the results, and some of the broadcast networks went up with special reports. NBC went up with four special reports as the results came in. ABC and CBS so far have provided one report on the Biden victories.

PREVIOUSLY: Joe Biden was projected to win the Missouri primary, adding to his victory in Mississippi.

Bernie Sanders narrowly lost Missouri to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but the early call of Biden as the winner in the state’s primary suggested that he would have a wide lead.

On CNN, Dana Bash said that Sanders has yet to show that he is expanding the electorate, particularly with younger voters.

“What we are now see is a very clear pattern of not expanding but contracting,” she said.

PREVIOUSLY: Joe Biden was projected to win Mississippi’s primary on Tuesday, an early victory as a half-dozen states held primary contests that will determine if he can establish a wider delegate lead over Bernie Sanders.

The five other states holding presidential contests are Michigan, Idaho, Missouri, Washington state and North Dakota. A total of 352 delegates were at stake.

The news networks covered the primaries with an emphasis on the impact of the coronavirus on the campaigns and on turnout. Just hours before the first polls closed, Sanders and Biden canceled planned rallies in Cleveland out of concerns over the spread of the virus. Biden planned to instead address the media at an event in Philadelphia, where his campaign is based, leaving CNN and other networks to report from the empty rally venue.

Biden leads Sanders in the delegate count, 720-640, according to FiveThirtyEight, with 1,991 delegates needed for a majority.

CNN called Biden the winner of Mississippi right as polls closed at 8 p.m. ET. The screen initially flashed a photo of Sanders winning the state, but Wolf Blitzer quickly called the correct projected winner.

Biden’s projected victory in Mississippi is not a surprise, as he has also won other southern states including Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas and South Carolina.

 

 

 

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