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Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

How’s Biden doing in New Jersey so far?

Former vice president

By David Wildstein, March 17 2020 10:07 pm

Bergen County became the sixth convention win for Joe Biden in New Jersey, all by landslide margins against Bernie Sanders.

Biden’s 84%-14% win in Bergen is consistent with other landslide victories at county Democratic organizations.

The former vice president won Mercer County by a 48%-29 against Elizabeth Warren, with 22% for Sanders in a ranked-choice vote.

Warren dropped out the following morning, and Burlington County went for Biden that evening by a 74-26% margin.

Biden won the Atlantic County Democratic convention with 81%.

In a re-vote this week, Biden won the Hunterdon County Democratic organization line with 85%.

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

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

In Warren County, Biden defeated Sanders with 74% of the vote.

Sanders carried Warren County in the 2016 New Jersey primary, defeating Hillary Clinton by 139 votes, 51%-49%.

Passaic County did not hold a vote, but Biden will have the organization line there after county chairman John Currie awarded it to him.

Biden has additionally secured endorsements from Democratic county chairs in Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, and Gloucester counties.

Morris and Somerset have decided to go with open primaries, although they still have until early April to make a final call.

During his 36 years as a U.S. Senator from Delaware, Biden was in New Jersey so frequently that he was often called the state’s third senator.

Despite his frequent appearances in New Jersey for Democratic candidates – he first campaigned in the state on October 4, 1973, stumping for gubernatorial candidate Brendan Byrne – Biden failed to receive any significant party support during his 1988 and 2008 White House bids.

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