Joe Biden WINS Virginia with Bernie Sanders safely taking Vermont 

Joe Biden won three states in a row on Super Tuesday, unexpectedly being declared the winner in Virginia within seconds of polls closing before scooping up North Carolina and Alabama.

The victories in the three states, which have a combined 261 delegates, was a huge psychological boost for the former vice president and was far more rapid than had been expected.

Bernie Sanders, however, took the other state where polls closed at 7pm, his home state of Vermont, which has just 16 delegates.

Mike Bloomberg, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into his campaign for president, finally saw a victory as the polls closed in the U.S. territory of American Samoa. The island, where six delegates are at stake, is projected to go for Bloomberg.

None of the margins of victory were immediately declared – but with a third of the vote accounted for in Virginia, Biden had a dominating lead of more than 55 percent. Sanders is in a distant second as he falls more than 30 percent behind the former vice president.

Although delegates are allocated by proportional representation, the rapid declarations in the two southern states points to Biden having a significant margin over Sanders.

In Los Angeles, Biden broke aside briefly from a campaign stop after he was told he had won Virginia to say: 'It feels good. We are optimistic we are going to do well in some other states.' 

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is hoping to pick up some states to resurrect her campaign. Bloomberg, who is on the ballot for the first time, and Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, are also still fighting to stay in the race. 

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Joe Biden won three states in a row on Super Tuesday, unexpectedly being declared the winner in Virginia within seconds of polls closing before scooping up North Carolina and Alabama

Joe Biden won three states in a row on Super Tuesday, unexpectedly being declared the winner in Virginia within seconds of polls closing before scooping up North Carolina and Alabama 

Bernie Sanders, (pictured with his wife Jane) however, took the other state where polls closed at 7pm, his home state of Vermont

Bernie Sanders, (pictured with his wife Jane) however, took the other state where polls closed at 7pm, his home state of Vermont 

Mike Bloomberg, who has pumped hundreds of millions of his own money into his campaign for president, finally saw a victory as the polls closed in the U.S. territory of America Samoa. The island, where six delegates are at stake, is projected to go for Bloomberg

Mike Bloomberg, who has pumped hundreds of millions of his own money into his campaign for president, finally saw a victory as the polls closed in the U.S. territory of America Samoa. The island, where six delegates are at stake, is projected to go for Bloomberg 

Elizabeth Warren greets supporters as she walks home from casting a vote for herself for president of the United States on 'Super Tuesday' in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since the last time voters went to the polls, the Democratic race has drastically changed and Warren is trying to keep her campaign alive

Elizabeth Warren greets supporters as she walks home from casting a vote for herself for president of the United States on 'Super Tuesday' in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since the last time voters went to the polls, the Democratic race has drastically changed and Warren is trying to keep her campaign alive 

WHEN DO THE SUPER TUESDAY POLLS CLOSE?  

7 p.m. EST - Vermont and Virginia 

7:30 p.m. EST - North Carolina 

8 p.m. EST -  Tennessee, Maine, Texas, Alabama, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma

8:30 p.m. EST - Arkansas 

9 p.m. EST - Colorado and Minnesota 

10 p.m. EST - Utah

11 p.m. EST - California  

Exit polls in both Virginia and North Carolina for CNN showed that Biden mopped up votes as the candidate who could defeat Donald , suggesting that his big win in South Carolina and the string of endorsements he has garnered in the past few days from centrist party figures, including three of his former rivals, had been crucial in driving momentum.

The two wins in Virginia and North Carolina suggested that the momentum Biden gained from his crushing victory in South Carolina has lasted – and also pointed to a disastrous night for Bloomberg, despite his slight win with America Samoa. 

The billionaire former New York mayor had campaigned heavily in Virginia and spent an estimated $17 million on television advertising in the state where he felt he could win over suburban voters, and his campaign had also seen North Carolina as a target.

Political commentators and pundits lauded Bloomberg's dismal early showing, claiming this was proof that someone could not buy the presidency.

According to the minimal amount of results reported so far, billionaire former New York City mayor is not even reaching the threshold needed to earn any delegates in Virginia and Vermont.

Biden's campaign had suggested that the key to Super Tuesday was to minimize Sanders' lead and a Virginia victory would appear to put them on a path to that goal.

The sign of momentum for the former vice president came as he saw a boost in last-minute opinion polls despite having trailed Sanders in recent weeks.

A wave of six Super Tuesday states will close their polls at 8:00 p.m., which will really solidify which way the country is leaning as some delegates-heavy states report results – including deep-red state of Texas, which is a behemoth with 228 delegates. 

Biden's campaign had suggested that the key to Super Tuesday was to minimize Sanders' lead and a Virginia victory would appear to put them on a path to that goal. 

In Los Angeles, Biden broke aside briefly from a campaign stop after he was told he had won Virginia to say: 'It feels good. We are optimistic we are going to do well in some other states'

In Los Angeles, Biden broke aside briefly from a campaign stop after he was told he had won Virginia to say: 'It feels good. We are optimistic we are going to do well in some other states'

Biden, according to FiveThirtyEight.com , now has a better chance than Sanders of winning seven states, including Texas where Biden campaigned Monday night and received a trio of endorsements from former presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg (pictured with Biden on Monday night in Dallas), Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke

Biden, according to FiveThirtyEight.com , now has a better chance than Sanders of winning seven states, including Texas where Biden campaigned Monday night and received a trio of endorsements from former presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg (pictured with Biden on Monday night in Dallas), Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke 

Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, remains in the race though has only campaigned sporadically. She did make a pitch to voters in American Samoa, where she was born, to vote for her Tuesday 

People wait to vote during the presidential primary in Santa Monica, California on Super Tuesday

People wait to vote during the presidential primary in Santa Monica, California on Super Tuesday

The sign of momentum for Biden came as he saw a boost in last-minute opinion polls despite having trailed Sanders in recent weeks. 

Biden, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, now has a better chance than Sanders of winning seven states, including Texas where Biden campaigned Monday night and received a trio of endorsements from former presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke. 

Super Tuesday matters because about a third of the delegates available to win the Democratic nomination - 1,357 in total - are up for grabs. 

Since the last time voters went to the polls, the Democratic race has drastically changed. 

Sanders will spend the primary night in his home state of Vermont with a rally there; Biden will be in Los Angeles, Bloomberg in Florida and Warren will be in Detroit. 

With his name on the ballot for the first time and with massive campaign spending, Bloomberg's staff said they are expecting the former mayor to perform well, and suggested he would stay in the race.

'We're expecting to have a really good Super Tuesday night,' a staffer told DailyMail.com after Bloomberg addressed the AIPAC conference Monday morning in Washington, D.C. 

His campaign did not define what 'good' looked like, as candidates need to crack a 15 per cent threshold to win delegates from state contests.  

Tulsi Gabbard, the congresswoman from Hawaii, also remains in the race, though hasn't participated in a Democratic debate since November. She's also only sporadically appeared on the campaign trail. 

She did, however, film a video encouraging voters in American Samoa, where she was born, to choose her as their candidate. 

Voters cast their ballots in the Democratic presidential primary election at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School o in Herndon, Virginia

Voters cast their ballots in the Democratic presidential primary election at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School o in Herndon, Virginia

Voters cast their ballots at Ogden's Union Station during Utah's Super Tuesday primary

Voters cast their ballots at Ogden's Union Station during Utah's Super Tuesday primary

Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders cheer for early results at his Super Tuesday night rally in Essex Junction, Vermont

Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders cheer for early results at his Super Tuesday night rally in Essex Junction, Vermont

Nervous party officials will be watching to see which candidate finishes the day with the most wins and momentum: will Biden have a good enough night to catch up with Sanders in the delegate count; will Sanders crush the competition and seal his frontrunner status with a strong win; and what exactly will Bloomberg net from the over $400 million dollars he's spent on the contest? 

Amy Klobuchar, who ended her presidential bid Monday and endorsed Biden, down played the pressure on the former vice president.

'Not exactly,' she told NBC's 'Today Show' Tuesday morning when asked if it would be a make-or-break night for Biden.

'There's going to be many more states but it's a big deal,' she conceded.

She argued Sanders currently leads in the delegate count because other contenders in the race diluted Biden's performance power.

'You have Senator Sanders ahead in a number of the states. Part of that is because there were so many other people running. This will be a good night. I think you will see victories for Joe Biden in a number of states,' she said.

Biden's win in South Carolina on Saturday changed the trajectory of his campaign and gave hope to concerned party officials that he could unit the party as its best hope to defeat President Donald in November. 

With the help of the House of Representatives' third most powerful Democrat - and most powerful black politician in Congress - Rep. James Clyburn, Biden clobbered Sanders in the Palmetto State, breathing fresh air into his campaign and giving him the aura of a winner.

From there, things escalated quickly. 

Billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out Saturday night. 

On Sunday, Pete Buttigieg, the 38-year-old openly gay former mayor of South Bend, Indiana also exited the race. 

And Klobuchar exited Monday.  She and Buttigieg were in Dallas, Texas, on Monday night endorsing Biden - who also got a bonus nod from Beto O'Rourke, who ended his own presidential run on November 1. 

Meanwhile Bernie Sanders, who was earning frontrunner status, spoke to thousands at his rallies in Super Tuesday states including one Monday night in Minneapolis. With Amy Klobuchar out, her state is up for grabs

Meanwhile Bernie Sanders, who was earning frontrunner status, spoke to thousands at his rallies in Super Tuesday states including one Monday night in Minneapolis. With Amy Klobuchar out, her state is up for grabs 

On Monday night at a really in Los Angeles Warren pitched herself as the candidate who could split the difference between Biden and Sanders. 'Voters deserve a choice of someone with unshakeable values who can also get things done and bring all kinds of Democrats along with her,' she argued

On Monday night at a really in Los Angeles Warren pitched herself as the candidate who could split the difference between Biden and Sanders. 'Voters deserve a choice of someone with unshakeable values who can also get things done and bring all kinds of Democrats along with her,' she argued

Voters from 14 states head to the polls on 'Super Tuesday,' with about a third of Democratic delegates at stake in a single day

Voters from 14 states head to the polls on 'Super Tuesday,' with about a third of Democratic delegates at stake in a single day 

A flurry of other mainstream Democrats announced their support for Biden too - including former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas, Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, former Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia, among others. 

Meanwhile, Sanders continued to draw droves of supporters, including more than 24,700 to his two rallies Sunday in San Jose and then Los Angeles, California.    

President - hoping to heighten intraparty tensions - also chimed in, tweeting that the Democrats were organizing a coup against Sanders and accusing Biden of dangling administration jobs in front of Klobuchar and Buttigieg to earn their support.  

'Probably they'll say, 'Hey, look if I win, I'll put you in the administration,'' said. 'That's called a quid pro quo, right? Quid. Pro. Quo,' the president said as he left the White House for his own campaign rally Monday.  

Sanders was having none of it, saying in an interview Monday with CNN, 'President , stay out of

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