Latest polls for 2016 presidential election: How Sanders stumped Clinton in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington?
Democratic primary fight is increasingly becoming tough. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who swept the caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington on Saturday has claimed that his campaign has the momentum and he is sure to win the required number of delegates in the coming weeks.
While many analysts were sure that Bernie Sanders will win Alaska, Hawaii and Washington caucuses, no one had any idea that he will dominate the fight in such manner. Hillary Clinton was nowhere in fight and was completely eclipsed by the 74-year old Vermont senator.
Despite his commanding wins in the three state primaries, Bernie Sanders remains well behind the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in delegates count. He bagged around 50 delegates and is expected to pick up more when final tally for Washington are released. Nonetheless there is a feeling that it is rather too little, too late.
Sen. Bernie Sanders won nearly three dozen delegates Saturday in sweeping the Alaska, Washington and Hawaii Democratic presidential caucuses, but the strong, comeback victories failed to cut substantially into front-runner Hillary Clinton’s big lead.
In the three states that went to polls for Democratic primary there were 162 delegates at stake including 101 in Washington, followed by Hawaii with 25 and Alaska with 16 delegates on offer.
Democratic officials suggest that the Vermont senator won 55 delegates, compared to 20 for Clinton. However, more will likely be allocated to Sanders in several weeks, when the Washington state Democratic Party releases vote shares by district.
Despite his commanding win in the three caucuses Clinton is well ahead of Sanders in delegates, winning 1,243 to Sanders’ 975 based on primary and caucuses to date. Her lead is even bigger when including super-delegates, or party officials who can back any candidate they wish. Clinton has 1,712 to Sanders’ 1,004, with 2,383 needed to win.
After winning the three states a beaming Sanders said, “Our calculations are that in fact we can win the pledge delegates…We have the momentum. We have won five out of the six last contests in landslide fashion. … And the reason is the issues that we are talking about — a corrupt campaign finance system, the disappearance of the American middle class, … kids graduating college $50,000 in debt.” The Vermont Senator was speaking to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The next Democratic and Republican primaries are April 5 in Wisconsin. Other big, upcoming primaries include Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York, Clinton’s home state.