Clinton and Sanders Split Primaries Despite Hillary's Huge Delegate Lead (Video)
Bernie Sanders continues to demonstrate his resiliency against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, claiming victory in last night’s Oregon primary and running neck-in-neck with Clinton in Kentucky.
In Kentucky—a state Clinton won in 2008 by over 35 percent—the former Secretary of State barely eked out a victory, gaining 0.5 percent more votes than Sanders. Sanders attributed the loss to the state’s closed primary, meaning only Democrats can vote for the party nominee; Sanders performs better in states where unaffiliated voters can cast ballots.
In Oregon, Sanders beat Clinton by nine percent, showcasing his unwavering support among liberal progressives who view Clinton’s more pragmatic approach to governance—coupled with her ties to Wall Street—an undesirable compromise.
The close race highlights the contentious Democratic nominating process, which just last week resulted in a violent shouting match against Sanders and Clinton supporters at the Nevada Democratic Convention over accusations of voter irregularities and suppression.
“There are a lot of Democrats who are having second thoughts,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Tuesday. “I don't think the voters are ready for this race to be over.”
At a rally in Carson, California, Tuesday night, shortly after defeating Clinton in Oregon, Sanders told a crowd of 21,000 people that he was taking the fight to the Democratic National Convention in July.
Sanders said: “There are a lot of people out there, many of the pundits and politicians, they say, ‘Bernie Sanders should drop out. The people of California should not have the right to determine who the next president will be.’”
The crowd yelled, "No!"
"Well let me be as clear as I can be," Sanders continued. "I agree with you. We are in till the last ballot is cast." The crowd erupted in cheers.
Watch Sanders reassuring his supporters at the rally in Carson:
Clinton did not make an appearance Tuesday night, instead declaring victory in Kentucky with a tweet saying, in part, “we’re always stronger united.” Clinton inches closer to the nomination each week with 279 more pledged delegates than Sanders. 475 delegates are up for grabs when California votes on June 7. Most polls show Clinton leading by an average of 10 points among likely voters.
But Sanders continues to make the case that he’s the candidate who can who can win in November. “If they want the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders is that candidate,” Sanders said. At least in Oregon, it seems voters agree.