Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primaries in New Jersey and his home state of Delaware, NBC News projects.
The pair of victories on Tuesday night allows Biden, who is already the presumed Democratic candidate, to take advantage of the delegate tour that he has already accumulated before next month’s reduced Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Biden officially became the party’s alleged nominee last month when he surpassed the 1,991 promised delegates needed to do so.
Both states are conducting their primaries almost entirely by mail, due to the coronavirus pandemic. And in New Jersey, where policy watchers were closely following several Congressional primaries, election officials warned that the results will likely not be known for several days, since ballots can be mailed until 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
In the past few weeks, all registered Democratic and Republican voters have received a ballot by mail, while unaffiliated and inactive voters have received absentee ballot requests. In addition, each municipality in the state will open at least one polling place.
Ballots were mailed to 2.3 million registered Democrats and 1.3 million registered Democrats and approximately 1,000,000 unaffiliated registered voters, an official with the secretary of state’s state office, which runs the elections, told NBC News on Tuesday.
The official added that as of Monday night, about 950,000 ballots had been returned by mail.
In the state’s Second Congressional District, one of the Garden State’s most watched races, which covers the southern part of the state, The Associated Press projected that Amy Kennedy emerged victorious as the Democrat who will compete against Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who He changed his party affiliation in 2019 because he opposed the efforts of House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump.
Kennedy, a former public school teacher who is the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy and the daughter-in-law of former Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, was endorsed by Democratic State Governor Phil Murphy, as well as a handful of progressive groups
Her opponent, political scientist Brigid Callahan Harrison, had the backing of the state’s Democratic US senators, as well as major local union and political groups.
Democratic Senator Cory Booker also faced a progressive primary challenger, and several Republicans are vying for the opportunity to challenge him this fall. But Booker was not threatened in the primaries as NBC News projected his victory.
Alex Domb contributed