Sanders Crushes Clinton In Washington, Wins Alaska Caucuses
Senator Bernie Sanders has scored a big victory in the Washington state caucuses on Saturday. He was favored to win the state, still the margin of victory is something to consider.
The Hill reports:
The win is a huge boost for the Vermont senator as he seeks to regain momentum in the primary and tighten rival Hillary Clinton‘s delegate lead.Sanders will take the majority of Washington’s 101 pledged delegates. With 30 percent of the vote in, the AP reports that Sanders leads Clinton by about 53 percentage points.The win will help him make a dent in Clinton’s delegate lead. Entering Saturday, Clinton had 1,223 pledged delegates, with Sanders at 946 delegates.He made a strong play for the state, holding several rallies leading up to the caucuses.Clinton had earned endorsements from both of the state’s Democratic senators, Patty Murray andMaria Cantwell.Sanders has conceded that Clinton overwhelmingly defeated him in the South but said he’d perform better in West Coast contests.
The Vermont Senator also scored a win in Alaska, also by a seemingly huge margin. However, since the state only has a few delegates at stake, the victory is symbolic, at best.
The Hill reports:
He will take a majority of the state’s 16 pledged delegates. With 38 percent of the vote in, AP reports that Sanders leads with nearly 79 percent.Neither Sanders nor rival Hillary Clinton campaigned in the state before Saturday’s caucuses, although Sanders’s wife Jane visited Anchorage last week.Clinton also lost Alaska in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama took 75 percent support.The former secretary of State still has a large lead in pledged delegates, having entered the day with 1,223, compared to 920 for Sanders.