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Oregon/Kentucky — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was declared the winner in Oregon Tuesday, May 17, by 10:41 p.m. CT, and by that time in Kentucky it was still up in the air with 1 percent of the vote still out.
Sanders was declared the winner in Oregon with 60 per cent of the vote reported. Sanders led Hillary Clinton with 53.0 per cent of the vote to her 47.0 percent of the vote. He was carrying 219,459 votes to her 194,359 votes. Sanders at that time was awarded 28 delegates to Clinton’s 24. The state awards 61 delegates.
According to the Portland Oregonian, Sanders fended off a late charge by Clinton.
“This is the beginning of the final push to win California,” Sanders told a rally of 11,168 supporters at California State University, Dominguez Hills. “We are in this until the last ballot is counted … and then we’re going to take that fight to Philadelphia,” he added.
To read the full news release on Sanders’s comments Tuesday night, click sanders-wins-oregon-kentucky-close-call.
Update: At 4:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, with 75 percent of the vote recorded, Sanders received 54.5 percent, 264,151 votes, and Clinton received 45.5 percent, 220,943 votes. The delegate count remained 28 for Sanders and 24 for Clinton.
Update: By 2:45 p.m. Wednesday 96 percent had reported. Sanders received 56.0 percent, 320,746 votes, and Clinton received 44.0 percent, 251,739 — a difference of 12 percent and 69,007 votes. The delegate allocation was changed to 34 for Sanders and 25 for Clinton. No further updates have since been announced.
Kentucky was the cliffhanger, with the election going back and forth all night long. With 93 percent of the Kentucky vote reporting Sanders was ahead 46.6 to Clinton’s 46.5. Sanders was still ahead with 95 percent of the vote reporting with Sanders pulling 46.6 to to Clinton’s 46.3. The vote total was Sanders 197,182 to Clinton’s 196,170.
The Kentucky election flipped to put Clinton ahead with 99 percent of the votes reporting. She ended up with 46.9 percent to Sanders 46.3, and with 1 percent of the vote still out the election has not been called by Associated Press. They each have been allocated 27 delegates with 55 delegates available.
Update: The counts remained the same for most of the night. At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday 100 percent had reported. Clinton received 46.8 percent, 212,549 votes, and Sanders received 46.3 percent, 210, 626 — a difference of half a percent and only 1,923 votes. Clinton was not yet officially declared the winner. The delegate allocation remained 27 for each.
The Sanders campaign said it would decide on Wednesday whether to seek a recount, if Clinton were declared the winner.
Update: The Sanders campaign subsequently requested a recanvass, but no a recount. The Sanders campaign would have been required to pay for a recount, but the state pays for a recanvass. Kentucky Tuesday, May 24, approved the request for a recanvass, which will be conducted Thursday, May 26. The Sanders campaign wants a review of voting tallies on electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from each of the state’s 120 counties.
Even though the Republicans’ presumptive candidate for president Donald Trump is now unopposed, he did not make a splash in Kentucky. With 100 percent of the votes reported for the GOP primary on March 5, Trump only won by 35.9 percent or 83, 493 votes. Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race after the Indiana primary, drew 31.6 percent or 72,503 votes. Marco Rubio, who is also no longer a candidate, drew 16.4 percent or 37,579 votes, and John Kasich, who is reportedly considering running as a third party candidate, drew 14.4 percent or 33,134 votes. Trump won 17 delegates, Cruz won 15, and Rubio and Kasich each took 7 delegates.
Oregon declared Trump the winner with 61 percent of the vote reported. Trump won with 66.8 percent or 177,179 votes and took 17 delegates. Kasich drew 16.9 percent or 45, 364 votes, and Cruz took 16.3 percent or 43,669 votes. Kasich and Cruz each took 3 delegates.
Update: With 93 percent reporting, Trump was shown receiving 66.6 percent, 240,804 votes. Cruz got 17.0 percent, 61,590 votes, and Kasich got 16.3 percent, 59,096 votes. Trump was allocated 18 delegates, and Cruz and Kasich each got 4.
Washington state has a Republican primary May 24.
Update: With 72 percent reporting in the Washington primary Trump was shown receiving 75.8 percent, 403,303 votes. Cruz got 10.5 percent, 55,719 votes, and Kasich got 9.8 percent, 52,129 votes. Ben Carson got 4 percent, 18,553 votes. Trump initially has been allocated 40 of 44 delegates. None of the others were given any delegates.
Democrats “incredibly” have allowed a right-wing Republican to capture a majority of the votes of the working-class Americans, Sanders said Tuesday night. “I’ll be damned,” he added. “if we will allow the Republican Party, whose job is to represent the rich and the powerful, to win the votes of working-class Americans.”
Scheduled on June 7 are contests in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The season closes with a Democratic primary in Washington, D.C., June 14.
The Republican convention begins July 18 in Cleveland. The Democratic convention begins July 25 in Philadelphia.
— C.L. and H.E.