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After backing Warren, 85% of Hunterdon Dems go for Biden

Former vice president gets landslide win on second try

By David Wildstein, March 16 2020 1:37 pm

A New Jersey county Democratic organization that initially voted to endorse Elizabeth Warren for president is overwhelmingly backing Joe Biden for president.

Biden defeated Bernie Sanders in a re-vote of the Hunterdon County Democrats by an 85%-15% margin, 162 to 28.  The former vice president will now have the organization line in Hunterdon.

“Last week the Executive Committee held a conference call with all municipals chairs and vice chairs to determine how to proceed with our presidential endorsement,” said Arlene Quinones Perez, the county chair. “In the wake of the coronavirus, after a lengthy discussion, we all agreed that the best course of action would be to poll our members.

About 90% of the county committee participated in a second vote, Quinones Perez said.

Warren won the first-in-the-state February 9 Hunterdon convention by four votes against Michael Bloomberg on the third ballot.

This was a strong out-of-the-box showing for Warren, who outdistanced Bernie Sanders by a considerable margin on the first two ballots.

Biden won just 8% of the vote on the second ballot before his elimination.

He won 93% in the 15th legislative district, 83% on the 16th, and 84% in the 23rd.

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