Welcome to the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders! The race was closer than ever in West Virginia on May 10, and after a neck-and-neck battle, Bernie took the win in the Democratic primary in the Mountain State!
While the GOP primary elections happened in both Nebraska and West Virginia on May 10, West Virginia is the only place we saw Hillary Clinton, 69, and Bernie Sanders, 74, duel for delegates. The stakes were higher than ever for the two candidates, and Bernie was thrilled to leave victorious! Here’s the scoop.
And the winner of the West Virginia democratic primary is…Bernie! Are you surprised? The Vermont senator was neck-and-neck with the front runner for two hours after the polls closed, but finally he pulled ahead and finished the night with 49% of the vote to Hillary’s 39%. Hillary seems completely unphased by Bernie at this point in the race, saying repeatedly that she’s “looking forward to debating Donald Trump,” as though Bernie poses absolutely no threat. Though it will be very tough for him to catch up to her. tonight definitely helps hie case.
Bernie was widely favored to win West Virginia going into the election for a number of reasons, one large one being that unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in the West Virginia primaries. Bernie is extremely popular with independents, and that detail could put him over the top. Hillary faced another problem in the state after saying in a March town hall that her policies would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Hillary apologized for the comments, but the damage was done; both Bernie and Donald Trump, have campaigned in the state on bashing her policies.
But that didn’t automatically discount her. Hillary won West Virginia in 2008 over now-president Barack Obama, and she has the support of the state’s democratic senator, Joe Manchin. Those are good signs!
Bernie won the previous primary, on May 3 in Indiana, squeaking by Hillary with 53% of the vote to her 47%. While many people have already assumed that Hillary is going to be the democratic nominee, it’s important to recognize that Bernie’s far from out of this race yet! Bernie says he’ll continue to fight for the nomination until the all-important California primary on June 17, tonight’s results are only further proof of that!
HollywoodLifers, did your candidate win tonight? Tell us in the comments!