Sanders Snatches Oregon, Clinton Clings to Kentucky

Sanders Snatches Oregon, Clinton Clings to KentuckySanders Snatches Oregon, Clinton Clings to Kentucky

US Senator Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary in Oregon, boosting his argument for keeping his underdog campaign alive through the conclusion of the primary process.

Several US television networks on Tuesday called the Pacific northwest state for the liberal Sanders, who was leading the former secretary of state 53% to 47%, Al Jazeera reported.

“Oregon, together we are taking on virtually all of the Democratic establishment. Thank you for the strong victory!” Sanders tweeted after winning the northwest state, known for its diverse landscape of farms, forests, mountains and beaches.

But earlier in the night, Clinton claimed victory in an extraordinarily tight race in the state of Kentucky.

Clinton made the claim ahead of official results. Incomplete results showed her with a narrow lead over Sanders.

“We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united,” Clinton’s campaign wrote on Twitter.

The state board of elections showed Clinton with 46.7% of the vote to Sanders’ 46.3% with 99.2% of ballots counted, a margin of less than 2,000 votes.

No US broadcasters have declared a winner in the race, but the Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes said on CNN that Clinton looked likely to win the state.

Clinton has a commanding lead in the all-important national delegate count and is marching toward vying for the presidency in the November 8 general election, despite a string of recent primary losses.

Sanders had counted on a Kentucky victory to build on his win last week in neighboring West Virginia, as he battled to keep his long-shot nomination bid alive.