Sanders wins West Virginia; general election polls tighten for Clinton

UPDATE – 11:21 a.m. EST: A new Reuters/Ipsos poll was released Wednesday, showing a likely but still hypothetical general election match-up between Clinton and Trump in a statistical tie, 41 to 40 percent in favor of the former Secretary.

The national survey among 1,289 “likely voters” was conducted between May 6 and 10, with a 3 percent margin of error.

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the West Virginia Democratic primary going away on Tuesday evening, taking over 50 percent of the vote and 18 pledged delegates.

Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who in recent months has had made some questionable remarks about the government’s role vis-à-vis the coal industry, only secured 36 percent of the vote in a state primary where approximately 60 percent of voters said the economy was their top concern.

Despite the lopsided victory, both candidates will apparently come away from the Mountain State with the same amount of delegates at the Democratic convention in July.

In delegates based strictly on the popular vote, Sanders won 18 to Clinton’s 11, but superdelegates went in the former Secretary’s favor by a count of six to one.

With Sanders victory, the Vermont senator has narrowed Clinton’s pledged delegate lead to 286, but still trails by just under 500 in the superdelegate count, although that is subject to change.

Clinton leads Sanders in total delegates, 2,239 to 1,469 with 2,383 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.

On the Republican side, presumptive nominee Donald Trump won easily in both the West Virginia and Nebraska primaries, with 77 and 61 of the popular vote, respectively.

The next presidential primary contests will be on Tuesday, May 17, when Kentucky Democrats and both Democrats and Republicans in Oregon will head to the polls.

With a Trump vs. Clinton general election looking very likely, polls show that Clinton holds a solid single-digit lead over the New York real-estate developer nationally. Trump’s support seems to hover around the 40 percent mark, while Clinton polls mostly in the mid to high-40’s.

According to the RealClear Politics average, in a head-to-head matchup, Clinton beats Trump by 6.4 points. However, polls between the two frontrunners are tightening in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — all states that President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012.

 

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