UPDATE 2: Bernie Sanders is the declared winner of the Hawaii caucuses, completing a sweep of “Western Saturday”. The Vermont senator will receive 18 delegates out of the Aloha State.
Winning landslide victories in all three states, Sanders secured a minimum of 88 delegates to Clinton’s 44, including at least 68 in Washington state.
UPDATE: Sanders confirmed his victories in Washington and Alaska in a speech in Wisconsin. In his address to the crowd he ripped apart Republican Governor Scott Walker for being beholden to millionaires and billionaires.
“Democracy means one person and one vote and whether Gov. Scott Walker likes it or not that is exactly what we are going to bring to every state in this country, including Wisconsin,” he said.” “And I say to Gov. Walker and all of the other cowardly Republican governors if you can not win or participate in a free and fair election where everybody votes, get out of politics and get a new job.”
“When we have nationally a situation where the Koch brothers and a handful of billionaires. Oh, I forgot. I hope I didn’t offend the governor,” he continued. “I understand that he and the Koch brothers are good pals. But when you have the Koch brothers and a handful of billionaires prepared to spend $900 billion in this election cycle, that my friends is not democracy. That is oligarchy, and we will change that.”
Watch the full speech below.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won major victories Saturday in the Alaska and Washington caucuses.
“We knew from day one we were going to have a hard time politically in the deep south – that is a conservative part of the country,” Sanders told supporters in Madison, Wisconsin. “But we knew things were going to improve as we head west.”
Sanders, who has been painted in the media throughout this campaign as a longshot to win the nomination, has found that his message is resonating with Americans.
“We are making significant inroads in Secretary Clinton’s lead,” he said. “We have a path toward victory.”
Voters in Seattle agree with Sanders evidently and feel that it is his message that they want over that of Hillary Clinton.
“He was just more aligned with my values. I am young and I never knew there could be someone like him in politics,” said Samantha Burton of Seattle, who said Sanders was the first candidate who had inspired her to make a donation.
Going into Saturday’s caucuses, Sanders was trailing Clinton by 300 delegates, but had already managed to close the gap earlier in the week in Idaho and Utah.
There are still 2092 delegates up for grabs.
Sanders also has good chances to win the third caucus on Saturday in Hawaii which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EST.
Former Vice Chairperson of the Democratic National Convention, Hawaiian Congressman Tulsi Gabbard, endorsed Sanders in her resignation from the DNC which has given Sanders quite the boost in the state.
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“As a vice chair of the D.N.C., I’m required to remain impartial in democratic primaries, however I can’t stay impartial any longer,” she added. “The stakes are simply too excessive. That’s why in the present day I’m endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders to be our subsequent president and commander in chief of the USA.”