Burlington County Democrats voted overwhelmingly to back Joe Biden for president on Thursday evening.
Biden defeated Bernie Sanders with 74% of the vote, 98 to 34. One delegate voted not to endorse anyone.
The vote was non-binding, since party bylaws allow Democratic county chairman Joe Andl to award the organization line in a presidential race at his own discretion.
Biden appeared to be the top choice of South Jersey Democrats immediately following Cory Booker’s withdrawal in January.
In a straw poll at Wednesday’s Mercer County Democratic convention, Biden easily outdistanced Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who was still in the race at the time.
In a ranked-choice vote, Biden defeated Warren, 946 to 577, with 441 for Sanders.
Lawrence councilwoman Cathy Lewis spoke on behalf of Biden at the convention.
Lewis asked delegates to vote for Biden, “not just because of his long record of service but because he is what this party, and this country needs to move beyond the politics of self-promotion.”
“I am supporting Joe Biden because as a young Rush Holt staffer I would sometimes have the privilege to share an Amtrak with him,” Lewis said. “In those exchanges what stood out to me was his profound goodness and his genuine sense of duty and service.”
The Democratic county chair, East Windsor mayor Janice Mironov, has the final say on which candidate goes on the organization line, if any at all.
Warren won a Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) straw poll last month, beating out Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg in a vote that utilizing ranked choices to pick a winner.
Warren finished first with 634 points, followed by Klobuchar (602), Bloomberg (530), Pete Buttigieg (501), Bernie Sanders (453), Joe Biden (372), Tom Steyer (227) and Tulsi Gabbard (116).