Hilary Clinton won a close primary race on Tuesday in Kentucky after losing the last two primaries earlier this month in West Virginia and Indiana.
Clinton picked won 46.8 percent of the Kentucky votes to Sanders’ 46.3 percent, according to the latest post from the Associated Press.
Kentucky is a rural state with a large white majority. The demographics in Kentucky favored Bernie Sanders to pull off a win but Clinton managed to narrowly capture a win in the Bluegrass state after winning big last month in the northeast.
Kentucky has 55 total available delegates.
Among the 55 total delegates available, Clinton and Sanders both gained 27 delegates in Kentucky with 1 remaining delegate in the balance.
Sanders Wins in Oregon
Bernie Sanders won in Oregon and was favored to do well in this northwest state.
Oregon has 61 total available delegates.
With 69 percent reporting in, Sanders has already gained 28 delegates in Oregon to Clinton’s 24.
Currently, Sanders trails Clinton by 279 pledged delegates and by a larger margin…763 delegates… when factoring in Super delegates to the total delegate count.
Including Super delegates, Clinton has 2,291 total delegates to Sanders’ 1,528.
Stripping away Super Delegates, Clinton has 1,767 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 1,488.
Clinton is only 92 delegates away from reaching the 2,383 total delegate threshold to capture the Democratic nomination.
Next Democratic Primaries
The next primaries are the Virgin Islands on Saturday June 4th with 12 delegates followed by Puerto Rico the next day with 67 delegates up for grabs.
On June 7th 475 California delegates will be available during their mixed state primary election.
Five other U.S. states including New Jersey (126), New Mexico (34), Montana (21), South Dakota (20), and North Dakota (18) will hold Democratic nominating contests on June 7th as well.
On June 14th the District of Columbia will hold the last primary with (20) available delegates.
Currently, Bernie Sanders is not well positioned mathematically speaking to catch up to Clinton in terms of pledged delegates unless he can miraculously capture over 90 percent of the remaining delegates and then somehow hope that he can sway a huge number of establishment oriented Super delegates to switch to his anti-establishment camp.
The remaining Democratic primary races in June are not “winner take all” states with their delegate format and have a proportional structure wherein the number of delegates are awarded based on the percentage of the final votes. This factor will make it more difficult for Sanders to have a chance of catching up to Clinton.
Sanders is facing more pressure in the Democratic Party to reign in his boisterous supporters and cede more support to Hilary Clinton who is increasingly appearing more likely to become the presumptive Democratic nominee during the upcoming general election.
Although several polls show that many of Sanders’ supporters would support Clinton against Donald Trump in a general election, there are still some boisterous and even disruptive Sanders holdouts.
Over the week-end some of Sanders’ bitter supporters caused a near riot over the week-end at the Nevada Democratic Convention after they threw chairs, vandalized Democratic party buildings, issued death threats against the Nevada party chairwoman, and screamed at Senator Barbara Boxer (D- California) who was present.
Although Clinton won in Nevada’s caucuses in February, some of the Sanders’ supporters were hoping to gain some extra delegates by showing strong support for the Vermont Senator at the Nevada Convention and shouting out “recount!”
Some Sanders’ supporters became upset and hostile after they didn’t get their way. The Democratic party leaders eventually closed the event due to security concerns.
On Monday the Nevada Democratic Party issued a formal complaint with the Democratic National Committee about the hostility from Sanders’ supporters during their convention.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz voiced concern and asked Bernie Sanders to speak out against the actions of his supporters.
Sanders released a statement that addressed the incendiary actions taken by his supporters at the Democratic Convention in Nevada.
His statement explains, “It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics.”
Further down in the statement, Sanders condemned any and all forms of violence.
“Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals”
Clinton Tweets Out Her Thanks After Close Win In Kentucky
Here is one of Hilary’s recent tweets thanking her supporters on Tuesday in Kentucky.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 18, 2016
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