Biden has strong Super Tuesday showing

A resurgent Joe Biden rode a wave of momentum to win at least eight states on Super Tuesday and Bernie Sanders was leading in the biggest race in California, setting up a one-on-one battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In a surprisingly strong showing, Biden rolled to victories across the South, Midwest and New England on the biggest day of voting in the Democratic campaign. Americans in 14 states cast ballots for a challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.

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Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, speaks during a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
ABC NEWS - 3.3.20 - ABC News provides special coverage of the 2020 presidential election on Super Tuesday. "Super Tuesday: Your Voice Your Vote 2020" prime-time coverage will air on ABC from 8Äì11 p.m. ET/PT on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)LINSEY DAVIS, DAVID MUIR, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, MARY BRUCE, JONATHAN KARL, CHRIS CHRISTIE, RAHM EMANUEL, YVETTE SIMPSON, HEIDI HEITKAMP, MATTHEW DOWD
ABC NEWS - 3.3.20 - ABC News provides special coverage of the 2020 presidential election on Super Tuesday. "Super Tuesday: Your Voice Your Vote 2020" prime-time coverage will air on ABC from 811 p.m. ET/PT on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)TOM LLAMAS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Super Tuesday campaign event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make-or-break victory in the South Carolina primary has influenced Super Tuesday voters to lean toward him. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden (L) arrives with wife Jill (C) and sister Valerie (R) at a Super Tuesday campaign event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make-or-break victory in the South Carolina primary has influenced Super Tuesday voters to lean toward him. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden hold signs to show their support as they await his arrival for a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden (C) greets supporters at a Super Tuesday campaign event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make-or-break victory in the South Carolina primary has influenced Super Tuesday voters to lean toward him. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, March 3, 2020 -- Voters walk into a polling station during the Virginia primary in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, March 3, 2020. Polling stations opened on the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday morning, kicking off the so-called "Super Tuesday" primaries of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)
EL PASO, TX - MARCH 03: A cart of electronic Pod Pads at the El Paso County Court House on March 3, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cheer as they hear election results during a watch party held at Central Machine Works Brewery in Austin, Texas on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Fourteen states and American Samoa are holding presidential primary elections, with over 1400 delegates at stake. Americans vote Tuesday in primaries that play a major role in who will challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, a day after key endorsements dramatically boosted Joe Biden's hopes against surging leftist Bernie Sanders. The backing of Biden by three of his ex-rivals marked an unprecedented turn in a fractured, often bitter campaign. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cheer as they hear election results during a watch party held at Central Machine Works Brewery in Austin, Texas on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Fourteen states and American Samoa are holding presidential primary elections, with over 1400 delegates at stake. Americans vote Tuesday in primaries that play a major role in who will challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, a day after key endorsements dramatically boosted Joe Biden's hopes against surging leftist Bernie Sanders. The backing of Biden by three of his ex-rivals marked an unprecedented turn in a fractured, often bitter campaign. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)
QUEENS, NEW YORK - MARCH 3: Campaign volunteers for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders celebrate election headlines at an election watch party on Super Tuesday night in the Queens borough in New York City March 03, 2020. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic Presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren attend a rally March 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan at the Detroit Kitchen Connect on Super Tuesday. (Photo by SETH HERALD / APF / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/APF/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic Presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (L) poses with supporters during a rally March 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan at the Detroit Kitchen Connect on Super Tuesday. (Photo by SETH HERALD / APF / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/APF/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders look over the election results on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. - Fourteen states and American Samoa are holding presidential primary elections, with over 1400 delegates at stake. Americans vote Tuesday in primaries that play a major role in who will challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, a day after key endorsements dramatically boosted Joe Biden's hopes against surging leftist Bernie Sanders. The backing of Biden by three of his ex-rivals marked an unprecedented turn in a fractured, often bitter campaign. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic Presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gestures as she speaks at a rally March 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan at the Detroit Kitchen Connect on Super Tuesday. (Photo by SETH HERALD / APF / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/APF/AFP via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: A protestor (2nd R) charges the stage holding a sign that reads 'Let Dairy Die', as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Super Tuesday campaign event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. After his make-or-break victory in South Carolina, Biden has continued to do well in the Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - MARCH 3: Supporters cheer as Joe Biden takes the stage during the 2020 Presidential Primary at The Fours in Quincy, MA on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Blake Nissen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BURLINGTON, VT - MARCH 3: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives at a Super Tuesday Rally inside the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Burlington, VT on March 3, 2020. Sanders won his home state in its democratic presidential primary. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden (L) and sister Valerie Biden Owens, attend a Super Tuesday event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make-or-break victory in the South Carolina primary has influenced Super Tuesday voters to lean toward him. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: A woman charges the stage while holding a sign that reads "Let Dairy Die" as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Super Tuesday event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center on March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make-or-break victory in the South Carolina primary has influenced Super Tuesday voters to lean toward him. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters after addressing a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday night event on March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets supporters after addressing a rally with at the Champlain Valley Expo March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a rally with at the Champlain Valley Expo March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders accompagnied by his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders arrives on stage for a 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg waves to supporters as he arrives to his campaign rally at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: Joe Biden supporters hold signs ahead of Biden's Super Tuesday night event on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A supporter takes a selfie with Democratic presidential hopeful former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg after he spoke during a rally at Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) holds a Town Hall meeting on Super Tuesday Primary night on March 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Gabbard, the first Samoan American and first Hindu elected to Congress, is one of two women left in the Democratic Primary, the other being Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) hugs and greets a crying supporter as she holds a Town Hall meeting on Super Tuesday Primary night on March 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Gabbard, the first Samoan American and first Hindu elected to Congress, is one of two women left in the Democratic Primary, the other being Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Patrons of the Union Pub wait for the results of the "Super Tuesday" Democratic Party primaries on Capitol Hill next to the US Congress in Washington on March 3, 2020. - Eyes glued to the continuous news coverage, the customers of this Washington bar close to the Capitol, parliamentary assistants, consultants or lobbyists often addicted to politics, make "Super Tuesday" a mix of cocktails, fried food and election results. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
JOHNSON CITY, TX - MARCH 03: A motorist passes a Trump 2020 sign on March 3, 2020 in Johnson City, Texas. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images)
JOHNSON CITY, TX - MARCH 03: A Trump Keep America Great sign along the highway on March 3, 2020 in Johnson City, Texas. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Supporters watch as primary election results are shown on television during a Super Tuesday night rally with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Champlain Valley Expo March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donna Cocomazzi, 72, a Republican activist, gathers outside the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, before Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a campaign rally. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
John Sampson, 76, a Republican activist, gathers outside the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, before Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a campaign rally. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gestures as she speaks during a campaign rally at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on March 3, 2020. - Fourteen states and American Samoa are holding presidential primary elections, with over 1400 delegates at stake. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders at his 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Voters enter a polling station at the National Guard Military Base during the presidential primary in Camden, Alabama on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. - Fourteen states and American Samoa are holding presidential primary elections, with over 1400 delegates at stake. Americans vote Tuesday in primaries that play a major role in who will challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, a day after key endorsements dramatically boosted Joe Biden's hopes against surging leftist Bernie Sanders. The backing of Biden by three of his ex-rivals marked an unprecedented turn in a fractured, often bitter campaign. (Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP) (Photo by JOSHUA LOTT/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders at his 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Supporters cheer as primary election results are shown on television during a Super Tuesday night rally with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Champlain Valley Expo March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Campaign shirts and posters are for sale during a Super Tuesday night rally with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Champlain Valley Expo March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT - MARCH 03: Supporters cheer as primary election results are shown on television during a Super Tuesday night rally with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Champlain Valley Expo March 03, 2020 in Essex Junction, Vermont. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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"For those who have been knocked down, counted out, left behind, this is your campaign," said Biden, the former vice president who had performed poorly in the first three nominating contests but broke through with a win in South Carolina.

"We are very much alive," he told roaring supporters in Los Angeles.

Sanders, the one-time front-runner who had hoped to take a big step toward the nomination on Tuesday, won Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont, Edison Research said.

Fox News and AP projected Sanders won California, whose 415 delegates represent the largest haul in the nominating contest. But Edison Research and other networks held off declaring a winner as results trickled in.

With overwhelming support from African American, moderate and older voters, Biden swept to wins in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia.

The second biggest prize Texas and Maine were too close to call. Sanders was slightly trailing Biden in Texas, a state he had heavily invested in and had hoped to win given its sizeable Latino population.

It was a spectacular turn of events for Biden, whose campaign was on life support after poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. Until a week ago he trailed Sanders in most state and national polls.

Biden's blowout win in South Carolina on Saturday provided a burst of new momentum, fuelling a wave of endorsements from elected Democratic officials and former presidential rivals including Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota before voting began on Super Tuesday.

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