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Hillary Clinton received 310,602 votes, or 49.6 per cent, to 309,071 votes or 49.4 per cent for Sanders. Under Missouri law, candidates can request a recount if they lose by less than one-half of a percentage point. Sanders campaign staff Wednesday acknowledged that such a request was being considered but said no decision has been reached. The staff was “assessing right now how the process works.”
Sanders in effect today conceded the vote to Hillary.
While Sanders was campaigning in Arizona today, Thursday, March 17, his campaign staff told the Associated Press that he decided a recount would not significantly affect the delegate allocation and that Sanders “would prefer to save the taxpayers some money.”
According to one report, the Missouri delegate count stands at 34 each, including the two extra delegates Hillary gets for winning the primary. Three delegates are still to be allocated depending on the final vote count in two congressional districts. (This does not include Missouri’s 13 “super delegates.”)
The final Missouri vote count awaits the return of all veterans’ and absentee ballots, due in by noon Friday, as well as any provisional ballots ruled as legitimate, with those results due two weeks after the election. None of those are expected to be enough to change who won.
Republican opponents Donald Trump and Ted Cruz also battled it out neck and neck in Missouri, and Trump won with 381,720 or 40.8 percent to 380,084 or 40.7 percent for Cruz. News services are still calling that race “too close to call,” and Cruz has not decided whether or not to seek a recount. With Missouri being a “Winner Take All” state for Republicans, Trump gets 52 delegates, so the stakes are higher than in Missouri’s Democratic race. Cruz has until one week after the state returns are certified (which could be another three weeks) to decide.
A spokesman for Sanders said he is now focusing on the second half of delegate selection. He at this time is looking at the March 22 primary in Arizona with 85 delegates to be selected and March 22 caucuses in Idaho with 27 delegates and Utah with 37 delegates. He was seeking to raise $5 million in individual contributions by midnight tonight to pay for advertising and campaign visit expenses in those states.
Sanders was also looking particularly at the possibilities in such important states as Wisconsin – 96 delegates on April 5, New York – 291 delegates on April 29, and California – 546 delegates on June 7.
Sanders has insisted he would remain a candidate in every contest until the Democratic convention, starting July 25 in Philadelphia.
Washington state, with 118 Democratic delegates, along with Alaska and Hawaii will caucus March 26.
Pennsylvania, with 210 Democratic delegates, has a primary April 26.
Besides California, six other state will have primaries June 7. The final Democratic primary, the District of Columbia with 46 delegates, will be June 14.
Some Republican contests are “Winner Take All.” Delegates for all Democratic races are awarded proportionally, with the exact formula varying in some cases.