Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had a very strong showing on Saturday, sweeping all three Democratic races in Alaska, Washington State and Hawaii, giving him some much needed momentum, The New York Times reported. This sweep comes days after beating Dem frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Idaho.
Sanders won 73 percent of the vote in Washington, 83 percent in Alaska and 71 in Hawaii, according to The Associated Press. As the math is still being done to distribute the delegates, if all holds, Sanders could take home 60 plus delegates, cutting Clinton’s lead down to 20 percent, NPR points out.
Most of the voters in these Pacific West states were white, a very different demographic from states like South Carolina, Illinois and Mississippi who have higher Black and Latino voters, who have catapulted Clinton to victory in previous primaries, the Times notes.
In a recent rally in Wisconsin, Sanders told the crowd that he knew it would be an uphill battle, but that good things are coming.
“We knew from day one that politically we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South,” Mr. Sanders said. “But we knew things were going to improve when we headed west.”
But Sanders does some catching up to do.
Clinton leads Sanders 1,243 to 975 in the pledged-delegate count and 1,712 to 1,004 overall when superdelegates are factored in, says NPR. In order to clinch the nomination you need 2,382 delegates and Sanders still needs to win more than 57 percent of the remaining delegates from primaries and caucuses to have a majority of those delegates by June’s end, Al Jazeera writes.
But Sanders, even with this hard road ahead of him, told NBC’s Meet The Press that he and his camp believe that he can still win the nomination. “Our calculations are that, in fact, we can win the pledged delegates.”
Time will only tell how this political battle will play out as Sanders and Clinton will face off in some pretty big battle states down the road, including Wisconsin and New York, where Clinton served as Senator from 2001-2009. But Clinton is very confident that she has what it takes to win a general election.
Earlier this week in Washington she said, “I totally respect the passion of my opponent’s supporters, absolutely respect it. And here’s what I want you to know. I have, as of now, gotten more votes than anybody else, including Donald Trump. I have gotten 2.6 million more votes than Bernie Sanders,” and “have a bigger lead in pledged delegates, the ones you win from people voting, than Barack Obama had at this time in 2008.”
Clearly, she is in it to win it.
Meanwhile, there were no Republican primary races this past weekend. Their next primary is on April 5 in Wisconsin.