Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Oklahoma’s Democratic presidential primary over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg.
Biden, 77, cleared 38% of the vote after more than half of the state’s 1,948 precincts had reported in to the State Election Board. He’s now the front-runner in the once-crowded field of Democrats, which grew smaller after Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer dropped out over the weekend.
Sanders, 78, who won the state’s last Democratic presidential primary, was running second with 24%, followed by Bloomberg at 14.5%.
Perhaps one surprising note was that Elizabeth Warren—an Oklahoma native—only got 13% of the vote from her own home state. Oklahoma was the reddest state in the union in the 2016 election, with every single county voting in favor of Donald Trump.
Klobuchar and Buttigieg had withdrawn from the race, but still respectively drew about 2.5% and 2% of the votes, beating out still-running Tulsi Gabbard, who finished at 1.8%.
Trump coasted to a win for the Republican ticket in every state he was listed in. Oklahoma had listed him as the winner less than halfway through the reporting after he received 93% of the vote.
According to The Tulsa World, Oklahoma does not have a winner-takes-all Democratic primary. Oklahoma Democrats expect to have 37 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates are awarded proportionally based on the votes each candidate receives.
Creek County Sunday Liquor Proposition
Creek County passed the Sunday Liquor Law, a longstanding “Blue Law” from the prohibition era. The resolution to allow liquor stores to be open Sunday first got traction in December 2019 and was heavily supported by both Sapulpa and Bristow liquor stores. Creek County passed the proposition by a measure of nearly 60% to 40%.