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Published: Sun, March 27, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bernie Sanders Projected To Win Democratic Caucus In Alaska

Bernie Sanders Projected To Win Democratic Caucus In Alaska

Those results will not alter Saturday's outcome because the state Democratic Party relies exclusively on caucuses to allot its delegates.

Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential caucuses in Alaska and Washington state, according to the Associated Press, which called the contests for the Vermont senator, giving him two victories over Hillary Clinton in three western states holding caucuses on Saturday.

Speaking in Madison, Wisc., the next state to vote on the primary calendar, Sanders delivered a sharp attack on Clinton, point to his campaign's reliance on small donations from average Americans, saying he and not the Democratic front-runner, is the best candidate to run against Republicans in the general election.

Hillary Clinton entered Saturday's contests with a lead of more than 300 delegates over Sanders. Adding in the support of superdelegates - party leaders who are free to back any candidate - she has 1,690 delegates to 946 for Sanders.

And, John Ryan from member station KUOW in Seattle notes, Sanders has been beating Hillary Clinton in terms of fund-raising in all three states.

Sanders is leading Clinton about 2-to-1 in King County, which has the most delegates to the legislative district caucuses and the county conventions. Sanders had 78 percent of the vote and Clinton had 21 percent.

Clinton dispatched both her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, there on her behalf ahead of Saturday's caucuses.

Most of his victories have been in states with largely white populations and in states with caucus contests, which tend to attract the most active liberal Democrats.

The AP projected a win for Sanders in Washington at 6:30pm ET, when he had a 76-23 lead over Clinton with some 30 percent of precincts reporting. The 38-year-old, wearing a black Sanders' T-shirt to a caucus site in downtown Juneau, said she had never donated to a candidate before Sanders before, either.

"It is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum", Sanders yesterday told more than 8,100 cheering supporters who filled an arena on the University of Wisconsin campus last night after results of the primaries in Washington and Alaska were out. "We need a political revolution!" Other social media reports pegged local support for Sanders as considerably more lopsided in some places.

The hurdle is higher when superdelegates are considered. Ted Cruz as unqualified to deal with complicated global threats. Wisconsin will give Sanders a key opportunity to show that his primary win in MI earlier this month was no fluke and that he really can compete with the front-runner all the way to the convention.

A total of 142 delegates are up for grabs Saturday, with 101 of those delegates coming from the state of Washington. The two wins will help to close the wide gap between Sanders and Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination.

One clear sign that he intends to stick around: On Saturday, he opened a campaign office in Brooklyn - the same NY borough as Clinton's national headquarters - in preparation for New York's April 19 primary.

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