Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battled in two more primaries on May 17, and the results were shocking! While Hillary Clinton maintained her role as front-runner in Kentucky, Bernie Sanders finished stronger in Oregon. See all the results, here!
Hillary Clinton, 69, and Bernie Sanders, 74, are closer than ever to the end of presidential primary season. The two Democratic candidates duked it out in both Kentucky and Oregon on May 17, and the wait for the results was dramatic as always. But who’s inching closer to the White House? Both of them! Bernie took Oregon while Hillary won big in Kentucky. Here’s the scoop!
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Here you have it! Hillary wins the Kentucky Democratic caucus, while Bernie wins the Oregon Democratic primary! The big night gave them yet both another boost toward nabbing the party nomination in July, and brought them one step closer to facing off against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, 69.
Both elections on May 17 were painfully close, with the ballot counting for KY lasting four hours with neck-and-neck results. In the end, Hillary got 46.8% of the vote while Bernie had 46.3%. Bernie won by a slightly larger margin in Oregon with 53% to 47%.
Hillary put in tons of work to gain votes in Kentucky, a state that her campaign thought she might have trouble winning. There were plenty of advantages on her side, though. Kentucky holds a closed caucus, meaning the independents who generally go for Bernie were shut out. Kentucky also has a large moderate democrat population, which gravitates toward Hillary’s politics. Kentucky governor Steve Beshear also endorsed her!
However, Bernie wasn’t expected to completely falter! He had his usual thousands turn out for rallies across the state. Many were also turning away from Hillary’s March gaffe, when she declared that her policies would put coal miners “out of business;” it’s considered why she lost coal-heavy West Virginia.
As for Oregon, one of the most liberal states in the country was primed to go to Bernie. But there were hesitations, as much like Kentucky, this was a closed primary. No independents allowed! Polling in Oregon going into the primary showed Hillary leading by double digits.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by the results of the Kentucky & Oregon Democratic primaries? Tell us in the comments!