Hillary Clinton poked a hole in Bernie Sanders’ supposed momentum on Tuesday night by carrying Kentucky in an astonishingly close race against the Vermont senator, NBC News projected.
The victory will help Clinton maintain her nearly insurmountable pledged delegate lead, and the former Secretary of State is hoping her win in the Bluegrass State will quiet critics who say she is limping toward a likely general election match-up with Donald Trump.
Kentucky, of course, has long been friendly territory for the Clintons.
Former President Bill Clinton carried the statein each of his presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996. During the 2008 Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State won Kentucky in a landslide, carrying 118 of the state’s 120 counties and getting over 65 percent of the vote.
Tonight’s win for Clinton, as close as it was, is just the latest in a long line of Clinton triumphs in the Bluegrass State.
Both Clinton and Sanders traded the lead with one another throughout the night, but late returns from Louisville, Kentucky propelled the former Secretary of State to a down-to-the-wire victory.
Oregon is also holding its primary for the Democrats tonight, where Clinton does not expect to perform well in what many see as a state Sanders should win. In March, the Vermont senator wonthe Democratic caucus in the neighboring state of Washington by 45 points.
One thing is for certain, regardless of the final numbers from each state: Hillary Clinton will continue to lead Bernie Sanders by a sizeable margin when it comes to delegate count and is still on track to be the Democratic nominee. It is becoming increasingly unclear why Sanders remains in the race instead of acknowledging the math and working to unite the party against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The next big contests will come on June 7 when six more states, including delegate-rich California and New Jersey, will hold primary elections. FiveThirtyEight.comgives Clinton a better than 90 percent chance of winning each of those two states.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.
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