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Sanders wins top prize, California; Biden surges nationwide

California is the crown jewel of Super Tuesday and was not expected to report final results until early Wednesday.

CALIFORNIA, USA — Bernie Sanders has won Super Tuesday's biggest prize. The U.S. Senator from Vermont won California's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday. 

California is one of 14 states that voted Tuesday but its 415 delegates were the most at stake.


It remained unclear how many delegates Sanders will ultimately claim from the nation's most populous state as of Wednesday night. 

Meanwhile, California continued a disappointing night for billionaire Bloomberg, who skipped the early primary states to focus his fortune on Super Tuesday. His ads dominated the airwaves in the state's expensive media markets, but it wasn't enough to surpass Sanders.  

Bloomberg announced that he was ending his presidential campaign on Wednesday morning and that he would endorse Joe Biden.

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A resurgent Joe Biden scored sweeping victories from Texas to Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, revitalizing a presidential bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier. 

Suddenly, the Democratic Party's presidential field, once featuring more than two dozen candidates, transformed into a two-man contest. 

Biden and Sanders were battling for delegates as 14 states and one U.S. territory held a series of high-stakes elections that marked the most significant day of voting in the party’s 2020 presidential nomination fight.