Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.
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The election took place last week, before the Vermont senator left the 2020 race and endorsed Biden. The former vice president will likely face President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election. The state faced backlash for moving forward with in-person voting as the coronavirus pandemic spread, risking voter safety. Multiple other states delayed their primaries.
The state supreme court last week blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order to postpone in-person voting until June. It said he did not have the authority to move the election date on his own.
Then, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court order to extend the deadline to file absentee ballots, in a separate case filed before Evers’ action. Even so, the court’s decision did not change one remnant of the legal tug of war: Wisconsin counties did not report results until Monday.
Biden became the apparent Democratic presidential nominee when Sanders dropped out of the race on Wednesday. Biden will win at least 50 pledged delegates from Wisconsin, while his former rival Sanders will come away with at least 20, according to NBC.
The haul brings the apparent nominee’s national total to 1,273, versus 935 for the senator.
Sanders has said he will remain on the ballot in the states where he already filed to appear, in order to rack up delegates and influence the party platform at the Democratic National Convention in August.