Sanders Wins Oregon, Clinton Claims Victory In Kentucky (too close to call)

Sanders Wins Oregon Primary, Deadlocked With Clinton in Kentucky

Published May 18, 2016 –

Sen. Bernie Sanders won Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night, while front-runner Hillary Clinton appeared to have scraped a narrow victory in Kentucky, a split decision that will likely keep their contest going into July’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

With 67 percent of precincts reporting in Oregon, Sanders led Clinton 53 percent to 47 percent, a difference of just over 26,000 votes.

“We just won Oregon, and we’re going to win California,” the Vermont senator told supporters in Carson, Calif., where he vowed to “fight” in the Golden State’s June 7 primary and through to the party’s July nominating convention.

“I am getting to like the West Coast,” Sanders added, referencing his victory in the Washington state caucus in late March. The self-described socialist’s victory in Oregon was his 21st of the election cycle and his 11th in the past 14 contests. The win also broke Sanders’ string of eight straight losses in so-called “closed primaries”.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting in Kentucky, Clinton led Sanders by just over 1,900 votes out of more than 423,000 that were cast. Though the race remained too close for the Associated Press to call, the Clinton campaign claimed victory in the commonwealth late Tuesday.