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Clinton wins Ky.; Sanders, Trump take Oregon

Май 18, 2016    
Clinton wins Ky.; Sanders, Trump take Oregon

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 Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in the Kentucky presidential primary Tuesday night, the state Democratic party said. In Oregon, Sanders was declared the victor with about 60% of the vote counted.

With 99.89% of the precincts reporting in Kentucky, Clinton had 46.75% to Sanders' 46.33%, a difference of about 1,800 votes, according to the Associated Press. The candidates traded the lead throughout the vote count, which at one point narrowed to just 126 ballots.

News organizations waited hours for the Bluegrass State race to be officially called, but Clinton took to Twitter to declare victory tweeting, "We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We're always stronger united."

Clinton was trying to recapture not only her momentum across the nation but also the Clinton family magic that made Bill Clinton the last Democrat to win Kentucky in a presidential race and gave Hillary Clinton a huge victory over Barack Obama in 2008.

Meanwhile, Sanders was trying to continue chipping away at Clinton’s 767 delegate lead in the Democratic presidential race. After Tuesday, only six Democratic primary elections remain. Oregon voters also voted Tuesday. With more than half of the vote counted, AP called the contest for Sanders.

Sanders told cheering supporters in Carson, Calif., Tuesday night, "We are in until the last ballot is cast."

Kentucky Republicans chose Donald Trump as their nominee in a March 5 caucus. Oregon voters also went with Trump, the last candidate actively in the race.

In Kentucky 55 Democratic delegates were up for grabs. Each Clinton and Sanders will get 27. In addition, the state’s Democrats have five superdelegates, two of which have already pledged their support to Clinton. Two others have not said who they would vote for, and a fifth superdelegate has not been named.

The race between Clinton, a former first lady, secretary of State and senator, and Sanders, an Independent U.S. senator from Vermont, was the first truly contested Democratic primary in Kentucky since the Bluegrass State took part in the 1988 Super Tuesday. Obama barely visited the state in 2008 and had essentially locked up the nomination before Kentucky's primary.

Sanders dominated in Eastern and Western Kentucky, particularly around the coal fields, while Clinton won the state's urban areas and a swath of counties through the central part of the state. In all, Clinton won 38 of Kentucky's 120 counties, piling up a huge 18,932 vote advantage in Jefferson. Clinton has performed best in places with sizable African-American populations throughout the country.

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