Candidates fight to draw in Kentucky, Oregon Democratic primaries

Two more Democratic presidential primaries were held Tuesday evening in Oregon and Kentucky, resulting in a split decision between frontrunner Hillary Clinton and fiery long-shot Bernie Sanders.

In the Bluegrass State, Sanders and Clinton fought to a near-draw, with the former Secretary pulling out an unofficial victory by less than 2,000 votes with nearly all precincts fully reporting results.

Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, told CNN late in the evening Tuesday that Clinton was the Commonwealth’s unofficial winner, although the results won’t be officially certified until the end of the month.

In Oregon, Sen. Sanders cruised to an easy victory, with media outlets declaring the winner less than an hour after polls closed in the Pacific Northwest.

At the end of the night after 100 percent of the votes were counted in the Beaver State, Sanders ended up beating Clinton by approximately 9.5 points, securing 32 to Clinton’s 23 delegates.

In Kentucky, Clinton edged Sanders in total pledged delegates, 28 to 27.

While the votes in Oregon were being counted, Sanders held a large rally in Carson, California, where the state’s Democrats will head to the polls on June 7.

“Before we will have the opportunity to defeat Donald Trump, we’re going to have to defeat Secretary Clinton,” Sanders announced Tuesday night, referring to his superior standing over the former First Lady in hypothetical general election polls against the presumptive Republican nominee.

Oregon also held a Republican presidential primary Tuesday, where Trump won easily as expected and gained 17 more delegates.

With only nine Democratic nominating contests remaining, including in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., Clinton now leads Sanders by less than 300 pledged delegates — 1,767 to 1,488, according to AP, with 2,383 need to clinch the nomination.

 

[AP] [Roll Call] [The Green Papers]