Alexandria voters resoundingly chose former Vice President Joe Biden as their Democratic nominee for president on Super Tuesday.
Biden took Virginia with 54.22% of the 1.3 million votes cast across the state, and also won half of the city’s votes, which nearly doubled in participation since the last presidential primary in 2016. Virginia is one of 14 states that participated in Tuesday’s primary contest.
The unofficial Super Tuesday results in Alexandria:
- Joe Biden: 49.95% (20,782 votes)
- Elizabeth Warren: 18.33% (7,628 votes)
- Bernie Sanders: 18.23% (7,586 votes)
- Michael Bloomberg: 10.20% (4,243 votes)
Biden also received the most absentee votes with 667 votes, or 21.04%.
The mood for Joe Biden tonight at a campaign watch party in Alexandria, Virginia pic.twitter.com/FB3HLDgenO
— Courtney Weaver (@courtney_ft) March 4, 2020
In a packed victory party in Old Town, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) was flanked by his Democratic House colleagues. Speaking over shouts of “Let’s go, Joe,” he said that Biden’s victory in last Saturday’s South Carolina primary was pivotal to Tuesday’s win.
“Right after South Carolina they invented a new word — ‘Joementum!'” Scott exclaimed. “Joe Biden is the strongest candidate and I think all the polls show him beating Donald Trump usually by about 10 points, and he has broad support across Virginia. Even former Republican Senator John Warner endorsed Biden on Sunday, so he’s got good support from virtually the entire spectrum, from moderate Republicans all the way to liberal Democrats.”
CNN called the Virginia primary almost immediately after polls closed at 7 p.m. — an indication of a blow-out win.
“Well, that was quick,” said Janet Myhre of Mount Vernon, “I think [Biden will] fare fine in November. I think what’s critical is the right VP candidate. If he brings in a very strong ticket, that will coalesce a lot of individuals who would have voted for Trump. My favorite is Kamala Harris, and I would like to see that happen.”
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) did not mince words when describing the stakes of the general election in November.
“We are in a battle for the soul of America,” Wexton said. “And I know that Joe has the experience, he has the heart, he has the drive, he has the grit, the courage not only to bring the Democratic party together, but to bring our whole nation together.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said that Biden’s victorious path in Virginia was paved by both Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who dropped out of the race and endorsed the former vice president before Super Tuesday.
“It was really clear on Saturday that Joe had what it takes not just to win the primary, but to beat Donald Trump,” Beyer said.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said that her mother-in-law recently passed away unexpectedly, and that she returned home from the funeral to find a handwritten note from Biden in her mailbox.
“He’s out there running to save the future of our country,” Luria said. “And he took the time to sit down and write my husband and me a note of condolence. So, I can tell you that Joe Biden has the heart that we need.”
Dorothy McAuliffe, the former first lady of Virginia, has supported Biden since her husband, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, announced last year that he would not be running for president.
“I am so proud of Virginia. I am so proud of everyone in this room,” McAuliffe said. “Joe has really exceeded expectations in Virginia, which has really shown the country what he can do and what he’s all about.”
Clarence Tong, the chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee, said that the turnout demonstrates how much voters in the city want to beat Trump in November.
“We’re getting plenty of volunteers,” Tong said. “In one precinct today, the precinct captain got more than two dozen volunteers to help with his polling station, so there is a lot of enthusiasm.”