Sen. Bernie Sanders wins Alaska, Washington Democratic caucuses
Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential caucuses in Washington state. It’s the Vermont senator’s second victory over front-runner Hillary Clinton in the three states holding party caucuses Saturday.
Sanders earlier won the Alaska caucuses. Hawaii is the third state holding a Democratic contest Saturday.
Sanders hopes the weekend votes will give him a boost in his efforts to make a comeback against front-runner Clinton.
Sanders has consistently drawn his strongest support from liberal voters and young people. Most of his victories have been in states with largely white populations and in states with caucus contests, which tend to attract the most active liberal Democrats.
Going into Saturday’s three Democratic election contests, Clinton was leading Sanders 1,223 to 920 in delegates won in primaries and caucuses, according to AP’s count.
When the party officials known as superdelegates are added to the mix, her lead over Sanders is 1,691 to 949. It takes 2,383 delegates overall to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
That means Sanders must win 58 percent of the remaining delegates from primaries and caucuses to have a majority of those delegates by the end of June.
The hurdle is higher when superdelegates are considered. Then he must win 67.5 percent of the remaining delegates from primaries and caucuses as well as uncommitted superdelegates to secure the nomination.