Bernie Sanders is awarded 16 of Utah’s 29 Democratic delegates

(Patrick Semansky | AP file photo) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after the Senate passed a second coronavirus response bill.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders claimed 16 of Utah’s 29 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, the Utah Democratic Party announced Tuesday, formalizing the Vermont senator’s victory in the state’s primary election earlier this month.

Sanders was trailed in the state by former Vice President Joe Biden, with seven delegates, former New York Gov. Michael Bloomberg, with three delegates, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., also with three delegates. Bloomberg and Warren have since dropped out of the race.

Beginning with the Super Tuesday contests in which Utah was among 14 states participating, Biden has become the clear front-runner in the Democratic nomination race.

Utah has also been awarded six of the party’s so-called “superdelegates," who under Democratic Party rules represent the state but do not participate in the first round of voting for a party nominee.

“The [Utah Democratic Party] appreciates all the candidates that participated in Utah’s first-ever Super Tuesday Presidential Preference Primary,” state party Chairman Jeff Merchant said in a prepared statement.

Utah actually had a previous Super Tuesday presidential primary in 2008.