Joe Biden has 1,912 delegates, very close to the 1,991 delegates required to earn the Democratic Party nomination. With the results still coming from the June 2 primary election, Biden could get the nomination soon.
Biden won the primaries Tuesday in Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota, according to projections from the AP, CBS News and other media.
More than 400 delegates were up for grabs in seven states and Washington DC on Tuesday, making it one of the biggest nights in the U.S. election since Super Tuesday.
On June 9, West Virginia and Georgia will celebrate their primaries, after postponing them due to the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia has 105 committed delegates and West Virginia has 28.
The June 2 contests were at least partially the result of changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic . Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maryland were supposed to hold their primaries earlier, but they were postponed until Tuesday.
New Jersey and Connecticut were scheduled to celebrate their primaries on Tuesday, but New Jersey has postponed its primary until July 7, and Connecticut has rescheduled its primary for August 11.
To protect the safety of their voters, most states allow voting by mail, a method President Trump has condemned as “substantially fraudulent,” though he has never offered any evidence of this.
However, voting by mail will mean that counting the votes will take longer, as not all ballots will be received on Election Day.