Latest vote tally puts Biden ahead of Sanders statewide

The two Democratic presidential candidates are battling for chance to face President Trump this fall

EVERETT — Former Vice President Joe Biden moved in front of Sen. Bernie Sanders Wednesday after a second day of ballot counting in Washington’s presidential primary.

Biden, fueled by the day’s returns from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, had 34.6% of the Democratic vote statewide to Sanders 33.4%. Biden led by nearly 14,000 votes after trailing Sanders by 2,000 on election night.

It’s still a bit too soon to declare a winner. Progressive voters in King County tend to cast ballots late. If it happens in this election, it could bode well for Sanders.

In Snohomish County, Biden increased his advantage on Sanders with Wednesday’s tally. Biden now leads Sanders by a margin of 36.5% to 32.9% among Democratic voters in the county. The two are separated by nearly 4,300 votes, up from 1,774 on Tuesday.

Biden entered Tuesday as the front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination and the opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump this fall. Trump was the only name on the Republican ballot in Tuesday’s vote.

Washington was one of six states which conducted primaries Tuesday. Biden won a majority of votes in four — Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri — with Sanders triumphing in the fifth, North Dakota.

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