Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Run Neck and Neck in Kentucky Primary



With 99 percent of the votes counted in the Kentucky Democratic primary on May 17, 2016, Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the race has been extremely close since the polls closed. Bernie Sanders and Clinton have not had more than a one- to two-tenths percent difference between them in this primary.

However, the race was called with Clinton securing 46.8 percent, or 212,549, votes. Sanders garnered 46.3 percent, or 210,626, votes. Each candidate will add 25 delegates to their tally.

The candidates also vied for votes in Oregon. The polls closed at 8:00 p.m. PDT. The AP reports that Sanders has been declared the winner. With 60 percent of the votes counted, Sanders has bested Clinton 53 to 47 percent. Sanders will take away 28 delegates with a vote tally of 219,459. Clinton secured 194, 443 votes and will add 24 delegates to her total.

Sanders now has 1,486 pledged delegates, and Clinton’s total grew to 1,765. The next primary for the Democrats will take place on June 4 in the Virgin Islands, followed by the Puerto Rico caucus on Sunday, June 5. Then, on June 7, there are primary races to be won in California, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota. On the same day, North Dakota will hold its Democratic caucus.

The presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, was declared the winner of Oregon at 8:00 p.m. “The Oregonian” announced his votes “mirrored earlier polling.”

Republicans will vote in Kentucky next Tuesday, May 24. However, the likely result will be the same, since Trump is unlikely to have a surprise rival make an appearance.

Written by Cathy Milne


Associated Press: 2106 Kentucky Primary
The Oregonian: Oregon, Kentucky primary live updates, results: Sanders and Trump win

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