Trump, Sanders Win Oregon, Clinton Battles on in Kentucky
Last weekend saw supporters of Sanders in Nevada allegedly tossing chairs and making death threats.
Democrat, Bernie Sanders has won Oregon’s presidential primary and battled Hillary Clinton to a razor-thin margin in Kentucky, as he has vowed to remain in the race until the end as Clinton aimed to blunt his momentum and prepare for a fall campaign against Republican Donald Trump.
Tuesday’s elections follow a weekend which saw supporters of Sanders in a convention in Nevada allegedly tossing chairs and making death threats against the Nevada party chairwoman at the event in Las Vegas. Supporters argued that party leadership had rigged the results of the convention in favour of Clinton.
In Kentucky, the primary saw Clinton leading Sanders by a close margin of less than one-half of 1 percent. Clinton who is closing in on the Democratic nomination, declared victory in Kentucky reaching out to her supporters on Twitter by saying, “We’re always stronger united.”
Clinton ended the night with a commanding lead of 279 pledged delegates over Sanders and a dominant advantage among party officials and elected leaders known as superdelegates.
The outcomes in Kentucky and Oregon did not dramatically change the delegate count and the former Secretary of State remains on track to clinch the nomination on 7 June in the New Jersey primary.
Meanwhile, Trump won the Republican party’s Oregon primary, the only Republican contest on Tuesday. He congratulated his supporters for the success of the “Movement” and his campaign also announced that it had signed a joint fundraising agreement with the Republican National Committee that will allow it to raise cash for both his campaign and other Republican efforts.
(With agency inputs.)
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