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Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton claims Kentucky


US Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has narrowly won Kentucky’s Democratic primary while her rival Bernie Sanders clinched a victory in Oregon.

Clinton’s victory on Tuesday thwarted the Vermont senator’s recent momentum after West Virginia and Indiana both went to him last week.

With 99 percent of the votes counted Tuesday night in Kentucky, Clinton led Sanders, 46.7 percent to 46.3 percent, CNN reported.

However, the victory is not promising as Clinton was looking for a strong win in Kentucky. The state was not considered favorable terrain for the former secretary of state.

“We just won Kentucky. Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united,” Clinton wrote on her Twitter feed.

While Sanders won by large margins in the Eastern Kentucky coal fields, Clinton outperformed him in urban areas.

Neither candidate is expected to win a big delegate advantage in Kentucky since delegates are awarded in proportion to the vote they get in each congressional district.

Clinton needed to gain the support of 140 delegates to be able to clinch the nomination,which requires 2,383, according to NBC.

“I do believe … that based on what we are seeing coming in, that Kentucky will remain in a win column for the Clintons,” said Alison Lundergan, Kentucky’s secretary of state.

Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally in Salem, Oregon, May 10, 2016. (AFP photo)

In Oregon, Sanders was ahead of Clinton 53-47 percent with 60 percent of the vote reporting.

The Vermont senator dismissed the argument that he should suspend his campaign.

“There are a lot of people out there, many of the pundits and politicians, they say, ‘Bernie Sanders should drop out. The people of California should not have the right to determine who the next president will be,’” Sanders said on Tuesday night at a rally in Carson, Calif.

“Well, let me be as clear as I can be,” he continued, “We are in till the last ballot is cast.”

Sanders has so far won 1,473 delegates and 40 superdelegates while Clinton has 2,240 delegates and 524 superdelegates. At least 2,383 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination.

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