Biden handily wins Democratic Nevada primary

US President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in North Las Vegas, Nev., February 4, 2024. (Stephanie Scarbrough/AP)
US President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in North Las Vegas, Nev., February 4, 2024. (Stephanie Scarbrough/AP)

US President Joe Biden has easily won Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Nevada, his second lopsided victory in four days over a mostly unknown field of challengers.

The Associated Press declared Biden the winner at 11:39 p.m. ET based on initial vote results in Washoe County, the second largest in the state, that showed him eclipsing the rest of the field. At the time the race was called, Biden led with about 89% of the vote, with “None of these candidates” a very distant second at about 6%. Self-help author Marianne Williamson was at about 3%. US Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota opted to skip the contest in Nevada and did not appear on the ballot.

On Saturday, Biden scored another big win in South Carolina, where he received about 96% of the vote in the party’s first official contest of the presidential primary campaign. In January, he skipped the unauthorized New Hampshire primary because it violated national party rules. He won the event anyway with about 64% of the vote after supporters mounted a write-in campaign on his behalf.

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