The Battle Rages On: Bernie Sanders Defeats Hillary Clinton to Win the West Virginia Democratic Primary
Going into Tuesday's contest, Clinton had secured 2,228 delegates of the 2,382 required to secure the nomination, while Sanders had 1,454 delegates
Bernie Sanders isn’t ready to back down just yet: He emerged victorious from the West Virginia primary on Tuesday.
“Thank you to the people of West Virginia for the tremendous victory they gave us today,” Sanders said on Twitter after the West Virginia results were in.
With 37 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, the Vermont senator won 49.8 percent of the vote, while Hillary Clinton was a close second with 39.6 percent, according to CNN. A total of 29 pledged delegates were at stake in Tuesday evening’s contest.
Although Nebraska also hosted a Democratic primary on Tuesday, the votes there were non-binding. Sanders won the state’s Democratic caucus in early March, leading Clinton by almost 15 points and securing 15 pledged delegates.
Going into Tuesday’s primaries, Clinton had secured 2,228 delegates (including superdelegates), while Sanders had earned 1,454 total delegates, according to RealClearPolitics. 2,382 delegates are required to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite Clinton’s sizable lead, Sanders has vowed to continue his campaign for the nomination for as long as he possibly can.
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Both West Virginia and Nebraska hosted Republican primaries on Tuesday as well, but with https://www.people.com/people/news/category/0,,personsTax:DonaldTrump,00.html the only remaining Republican candidate in the race, sweeping victories in both states were all but guaranteed. And in fact, Trump won both states by considerable margins, according to CNN.
“It is a great honor to have won both West Virginia and Nebraska, especially by such massive margins,” Trump said in a statement Tuesday night. “My time spent in both states was a wonderful and enlightening experience for me. I learned a lot, and that knowledge will be put to good use towards the creation of businesses, jobs, and the strengthening and revival of their economies.”
Even before Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race earlier this month, Trump had pulled far enough ahead in the polls to become the presumptive Republican nominee. He has since begun the search for his most compatible running mate.
Despite the battle still raging on the Democratic side, many pundits are already looking ahead to the general election. Results from the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Tuesday revealed that Clinton and Trump are locked in a virtual tie among white male voters in several key swing states.
“Republicans’ weakness among minority voters is well known. But the reason this race is so close overall is Clinton’s historic weakness among white men,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the independent poll. “In Florida, she is getting just 25 percent from white men.”