Trump, Biden notch wins in RI presidential primary

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have won their respective primary elections in Rhode Island on Tuesday.

The results came as a surprise to no one as Trump was considered a shoo-in on the GOP side and all of Biden’s competitors on the ballot already dropped out of the race.

Still, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders managed to pull in almost 30% of the Democratic vote against Biden’s 62%, as of 11:30 p.m.

Trump, meanwhile, secured more than 94% of the vote in the GOP race.

However, the state is still working to count the mail-in ballots, so it may be a couple more days before those tallies are finalized.

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If anything, the primary served as a logistical test for how the general election may go in November, with voters being urged to cast their ballots by mail instead of packing polling places due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With tens of thousands of mail ballots being requested, some voters didn’t receive theirs with enough time to mail it back, or at all. As a result, the R.I. Board of Elections voted last week to place designated boxes at every city and town hall so voters could drop them off.

To be counted, the ballots had to be received by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Those who didn’t receive a mail ballot could still vote in person, though only a select number of polling places were available.

Biden also picked up delegates in six other states that held primaries on Tuesday, bringing him close to securing the 1,991 needed to lock up the Democratic nomination.

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