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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has steamrolled rival Bernie Sanders in main elections in Florida and Illinois.

Accelerating his momentum within the race, the previous US vice-president beat Mr Sanders in each states by large margins.

Arizona was additionally voting on Tuesday, although its polls haven’t but closed.

Mr Biden is the favorite to turn out to be the Democratic candidate who will face President Donald Trump in November.

Will Joe Biden’s report come again to hang-out him?

What are the outcomes to this point?

With most Florida precincts reporting, Mr Biden led Mr Sanders by almost 62% to about 23%, in keeping with the Related Press information company.

In Illinois, with most precincts reporting, Mr Biden led Mr Sanders by 59% to 36%.

Florida was the most important prize of the evening, awarding 219 of the 1,991 delegates wanted to safe the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Bernie Sanders didn’t drop any hints about the way forward for his marketing campaign on Tuesday

Mr Trump gained the standard battleground state by 1.2 share factors within the 2016 presidential election.

The previous US vice-president is hoping to construct an unassailable lead within the race for the Democratic management after scoring victories in 16 of the final 21 state contests.

His victory final month in South Carolina – his first ever main win in three campaigns for president – revived his faltering marketing campaign.

What points mattered to voters on Tuesday?

In accordance with opinion polling, most Florida voters mentioned electability was a precedence for them.

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About three in 4 mentioned Mr Biden would have a greater probability of beating Mr Trump, a Republican. Only one in 5 mentioned the identical of Mr Sanders.

Older voters have been extra prone to say they supported Mr Biden.

Practically half of Florida’s voters mentioned Mr Sanders’ stances have been too liberal.

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How did the 2 candidates react?

Talking from his residence in Wilmington, Delaware, to adjust to US anti-coronavirus recommendation towards gatherings, Mr Biden mentioned: “Our marketing campaign has had an excellent evening.”

However he centered largely on the outbreak sweeping the US, putting a unifying tone as he mentioned: “The coronavirus would not care in case you’re a Democrat or a Republican… we’re all on this collectively.”

Mr Sanders hosted a web based handle from Washington DC, however he didn’t check with the primaries, nor did he drop any hints about the way forward for his marketing campaign.

He as an alternative talked in regards to the coronavirus disaster, outlining proposals to deal with the pandemic, which he mentioned would value some $2tn.

One in all his marketing campaign officers mentioned the candidate was not anticipated to talk publicly once more on Tuesday evening.

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Recreation over for Bernie Sanders?

Democrats in three states might have simply cemented the presidential nomination for Joe Biden.

Bernie Sanders is trailing in Illinois and dropping Florida in a rout, the place in a single county he completed third behind Michael Bloomberg, who dropped out weeks in the past.

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He’ll fall even additional behind within the nationwide conference delegate depend, as the first season seems to be heading in the direction of suspended animation, with a number of states delaying their contests till June.

Mr Sanders ought to have an extended take into consideration how lengthy he desires to remain on this battle, even when he does have greater than sufficient monetary assets to hold on.

He’s going to face rising calls from Democrats to gracefully bow out – one thing he didn’t do till the eve of the conference 4 years in the past, a lot to the consternation of many Hillary Clinton supporters.

The underside line for Mr Sanders could also be evaluating what’s finest for the motion he created.

Will staying within the race give him a unbroken platform to speak about his points and purchase him time for a possible comeback?

Or will hanging round solely enhance the possibilities that he’s relegated to an electoral afterthought?

What about President Trump?

Additionally on Tuesday evening, the US president formally clinched the Republican celebration nomination with a win within the Illinois main.

His victory had been a foregone conclusion in a contest the place he confronted solely nominal opposition from a former Massachusetts Governor, Invoice Weld.

Illinois’ delegates drove Mr Trump over the 1,276-delegate threshold required to turn out to be the celebration’s standard-bearer.

Republican Nationwide Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel congratulated the president on Twitter for “formally changing into the presumptive Republican nominee”.

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How else is the coronavirus affecting election season?

Ohio was additionally because of maintain a main on Tuesday, however it cancelled the vote hours earlier than polls have been because of open, placing it off until June.

Voters within the three states that did head to polling stations on Tuesday encountered hand sanitiser dispensers and staff in surgical gloves.

A number of different states have postponed their Democratic presidential primaries, together with Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Kentucky.

The Democratic Nationwide Committee blasted Ohio for sowing “chaos and confusion” and urged remaining main states to not comply with go well with.

However Puerto Rico, which is scheduled to carry the subsequent Democratic main, on 29 March, can be planning to reschedule.

Occasion grandees are encouraging states and territories to increase postal and early voting to scale back public publicity to the respiratory sickness, relatively than postpone voting.

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Who’s getting Secret Service safety?

On Tuesday, the US Secret Service mentioned it might this week start offering full safety for Mr Biden. His codename might be Celtic, the identical as when he was vice-president.

Mr Biden requested the guard after being repeatedly accosted by protesters on the marketing campaign path.

Two protesters rushed a stage in Los Angeles earlier this month and got here inside a stride of the candidate as he gave a victory speech.

Mr Sanders has not made a request for Secret Service safety.

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