Sanders wins Oregon primary; Clinton claims victory in Kentucky

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Oregon after finishing neck-and-neck with front-runner Hillary Clinton in Kentucky.

The win for Sanders adds to his run of successes in the end stage of the Democratic primaries, but it won't do much to slow Clinton's march toward the nomination.

Even after Tuesday's results, Clinton remains on pace to wrap up the nomination in early June.

Among Sanders' supporters in Oregon was Mary Brewster, a 62-year-old Portland resident.

She says she cast her ballot for Sanders because, she says, "I think we need huge change."

She says that doesn't mean she thinks Sanders would be able to enact all his plans if elected. But she says she wanted to "vote for the things I believed in, and then vote for Hillary in the general election."

Sanders said at a California rally that it appears he will end up with about "half of the delegates" in Kentucky's presidential primary.

Sanders says in Carson, Calif., that he managed to do well in Kentucky even though the state does not allow independents to vote in the Democratic primary. He also notes that Hillary Clinton defeated then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Kentucky by a large margin in 2008.

Sanders said many people have suggested that he drop out of the presidential race. But he says he's in the race until the last ballot.

He tells supporters Clinton "might get nervous," but he thinks his campaign is "going to win here in California." The nation's largest state holds its primary on June 7.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary in Oregon, adding another state to the presumptive GOP nominee's tally of victories.

The billionaire businessman started the day by picking up nine delegates in Guam, and was fewer than 100 delegates shy of clinching the Republican nomination for president headed into the Oregon vote.

There were 28 delegates at stake in Oregon's Republican primary.

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