Hillary Holds Slim Kentucky Lead, Loses in Oregon

Kentucky primary too close to call with 99% reporting
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2016 6:29 PM CDT
Bernie Beating Hillary So Far in Kentucky Primary
In this May 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally in Piscataway, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Hillary Clinton is clinging to a razor-thin lead over Bernie Sanders in Kentucky's Democratic primary and lost to him by a solid 6 points in the Oregon primary on Tuesday, CNN reports. In Kentucky, where Clinton is considered the favorite, she has 212,549 votes (46.8%) to Sanders' 210,626 (46.3%) with 99% of precincts reporting. "I do believe ... that based on what we are seeing coming in, that Kentucky will remain in a win column for the Clintons," says Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. "Hillary Clinton will be the unofficial winner." Over the last few days, Clinton invested time and money in the bluegrass state in an attempt to blunt Sanders' recent surge of primary victories and strengthen her position in the general election, assuming her substantial delegate-lead holds.

She took an expected loss in Oregon's primary, which was decided by a mostly white, liberal voting base that favors Sanders. With 60% reporting, Sanders is ahead there with 219,602 votes (53%) to Clinton's 94,443 (47%)—enough for the AP to call it in his favor. Oregon is also hosting a Tuesday GOP primary that Donald Trump won handily. The New York mogul is ahead by 174,793 votes (66.6%) to John Kasich's 44,666 (17%) and Ted Cruz's 42,837 (16.3%) with 60% reporting. Oregon has 28 Republican delegates and 61 Democratic delegates up for grabs. Like all Democratic primaries, Oregon and Kentucky will divvy up delegates proportionally, so Sanders won't make much of a dent in Clinton's delegate-lead, Five Thirty-Eight notes. Follow the latest results at the New York Times. (More Oregon stories.)

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