WASHINGTON: Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the Kentucky
state primary on Tuesday night while rival Bernie Sanders bagged Oregon.
took a last-minute campaign blitz and a significant financial
investment for Clinton to win the Kentucky Democratic primary by half a
percentage point over Sanders - in a state she won by 35 percentage
points over then senator Barack Obama in their 2008 primary clash, CNN
Sanders easily won the Oregon primary, and declared at a
raucous rally in California that despite pressure from the Clinton
campaign to abandon his quest for the nomination, he would stay in the
race "until the last ballot is cast".
Clinton did not appear in
public on Tuesday night, but her campaign tweeted thanks to the people
of Kentucky and said "we're always stronger united".
maintains an overall lead of 280 pledged delegates with only one
significant night remaining in the contest - the California primary on
Clinton now stands at 2,294 votes (pledged: 1,773;
superdelegates: 521), Sanders has 1,523 votes (pledged: 1,482;
Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver told
CNN that the close race in Kentucky was a sign that a lot of Democrats
"are having second thoughts" about Clinton.
"The media is ready to call this race over, but I think voters in the various states want to see this race go on," Weaver said.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party's presidential nominee
won the contest in Oregon which was moot since his remaining rivals have
already dropped out of the race.
Still, the primary brought the
billionaire to within fewer than 70 delegates of the 1,237 delegates he
needs to formally claim the nomination.