Posted: 11:54 pm Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With an apparent narrow victory in Kentucky on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton took another slow step towards winning her party’s nomination for President, even though the results once again showcased doubts about her candidacy among Democrats, as Bernie Sanders fell just short in Kentucky and then won easily in Oregon.
But in the numbers that really matter – the Democratic Party delegate count – Sanders again came nowhere near the gains he would need to catch Clinton by the end of the primary season on June 14.
“It appears that we’re going to end up with about half of the delegates from Kentucky,” Sanders told supporters at an evening rally in California, which votes on June 7.
According to the website thegreenpapers.com, Clinton gained a single delegate on Sanders in Kentucky, while he won eight more than Clinton in Oregon.
In other words – Sanders didn’t gain much at all in the Democratic delegate race, as Clinton leads by around 280 delegates.
“Thanks for having our back, Kentucky,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.
Get that KY Dem delegate split doesn’t change margin, but one less opportunity for Sanders to cut into Clinton lead.
— Josh Putnam (@FHQ) May 18, 2016
As expected in Kentucky, Sanders did well in the eastern part of the state – coal country – while Clinton survived by running up big margins in the state’s two biggest metro areas, around Louisville and Lexington.
Ironically, those two areas had gone for Barack Obama eight years ago against Clinton, when she won 118 of 120 counties in Kentucky; this time, Jefferson (Louisville) and Fayette (Lexington) saved her from an embarrassing defeat.
Overall, Clinton’s numbers in the Bluegrass State paled in comparison to 2008, when she blitzed Barack Obama, winning by over 35 points.
But there is one similarity in that race in 2008, and this one in 2016 – eight years ago, Clinton was still fighting, but the race was considered over – that she was going to lose to Obama.
And this time, Clinton is the one who is winning, while Sanders continues on, with little mathematical chance of catching up.
for those still keeping count—a KY tie raises the share of the remaining pledged dels left that Sanders needs from 66% to 67%.
— Taniel (@Taniel) May 18, 2016
And to get two-thirds of the remaining delegates, Sanders doesn’t have many opportunities to win big, as six states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. will finish out the schedule in less than a month.
Next up for the Democrats – Puerto Rico on June 5. Then on June 7 – CA, MT, ND, NJ, NM, SD. DC finishes June 14
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) May 18, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.