Bernie Sanders has been declared as the winner of the Washington state Democratic caucuses conducted on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The AP declared him the winner at approximately 7:40 p.m. (EDT). The state’s Democrats had him well ahead of Hillary Clinton in their posted results at 7:49 p.m. at about 72 percent to Clinton’s 28 percent with 71 percent of the precincts reporting.
It appears Sanders himself acknowledged winning in Washington Democratic Caucus. In urging his supporters in Wisconsin, where that state has its democratic contest on April 5, 2016, the Vermont senator said, “We knew things were going to improve as we headed West.”
According to party rules, Washington will send 118 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Out of these, 101 will be apportioned to former Secretary of State Clinton or U.S. Sen. Sanders based on March 26 caucus results. The remaining 17 are termed “superdelegates.” Secretary Clinton has a significant edge over Sanders nationwide in the superdelegates, which is what makes Sanders overall struggle to get the nomination much more difficult. These superdelegates are usually party elected officials and party bosses.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Cathy Milne
AP: The Latest: Sanders Basks in twin wins
Washington State Democrats: 2016 Washington State Democratic Caucus Results
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