WASHINGTON: Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders won the West Virginia state primary on Tuesday night against front-runner Hillary Clinton.
win comes one week after the Vermont senator prevailed in Indiana's
Democratic primary and two weeks after Clinton dominated a series of
contests in the northeastern US, NBC News reported.
also voted on Tuesday in a presidential "beauty contest" in Nebraska,
although the delegates from that state were all previously assigned
during a March 5 caucus. In that contest, Sanders won 15 pledged
delegates, compared to 10 for Clinton.
"With this outcome, we now
have won primaries and caucuses in 19 states," Sanders said in a
statement. "We are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination and
we're going to stay in the race until the last vote is cast."
presumptive nominee Donald Trump, whose last remaining competitors
exited the race after Trump's victory in Indiana last week, also won in
West Virginia on Tuesday, easily.
Trump also rolled to victory in Nebraska, where 36 delegates were at stake.
to analysts, Sanders, long viewed as the front runner to win in the
Mountain State, benefited from Clinton's mis-steps when speaking about
the coal industry in mining-heavy West Virginia.
had proposed programmes to help coal workers laid off due to a changing
energy industry, she was haunted by her statement during a CNN town hall
in March that "we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal
companies out of business".
So far, Sanders has clinched a total of 1,467 votes while Clinton is still leading the Democrat race with 2,238.