Joe Biden wins Ohio’s mail-in primary, gains Hillary Clinton endorsement
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Ohio’s presidential primary.
Tuesday’s contest was less about the Democratic nomination and more about how states can conduct elections in the era of the coronavirus. The primary was originally scheduled for March 17, but Republican Gov. Mike DeWine cited a “health emergency” and recommended that in-person balloting not be held until June 2.
Amid legal challenges, officials pushed balloting to this week while converting to a mail-in process since the state remains under a stay-at-home order.
The result was never in doubt after Biden’s last rival, Bernie Sanders, dropped out of the race earlier this month.
Hillary Clinton has also endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. Her backing on Tuesday continues Democrats’ unification efforts ahead of a fall campaign against President Donald Trump.
Clinton announced her support in a virtual town hall with Biden on Tuesday.
As the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Clinton made history by becoming the first woman to lead a major party’s ticket. Clinton and Biden both ran for the Democratic nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, who ended up tapping Biden as his vice president and Clinton as his secretary of state.