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Democratic primary voters saw Biden as best shot at Trump

Oklahoma voters in the Democratic primary on Tuesday overwhelmingly considered former Vice President Joe Biden the best option for beating President Donald Trump in November, according to exit polling.

And for a majority of those voters, beating Trump was more important than whether a particular candidate agreed with them on issues.

Biden won Oklahoma and nine other states on Super Tuesday and is now in a two-person race for the nomination with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Oklahoma in 2016 but finished second to Biden this year.

Health care was the top issue for 50% of the Oklahoma Democratic primary voters, with income inequality and climate change the next two priorities. Just over half want a Medicare-for-All plan and Sanders was the most popular candidate for those voters, according to exit polling. Biden got the largest share of voters opposed to such a plan.

Biden also got the largest share of the male and female vote and of people with and without college degrees.

Not all of those primary voters were committed to vote for the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 3 general election, though that could reflect the views of independents, who were allowed to vote in the Democratic primary.

Most of those Democratic primary voters are dissatisfied or even angry about the Trump administration (see more on page A5), but Oklahoma has voted for the Republican for president every time since 1968, and that is not expected to change this November.

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden knowledges the crowd during a campaign rally Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden knowledges the crowd during a campaign rally Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›

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