Sanders wins Kansas and Nebraska, Clinton takes Louisiana
WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders notched a win in Nebraska and state party officials gave him a victory in Kansas, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton snagged Louisiana, another split decision from the American people.
Campaigning in Detroit, Clinton said she was thrilled to add to her delegate count, “but now all eyes turn to Michigan. And I can tell you this: We’re going to work for every vote.”
Tara Evans, a 52-year-old quilt maker from Bellevue, Nebraska, said she was caucusing for Clinton, and happy to know that the former first lady could bring her husband back to the White House.
“I like Bernie, but I think Hillary had the best chance of winning,” she said.
Sanders won by a solid margin in Nebraska and Kansas officials said he’d won the state caucuses there, too, giving him seven victories so far in the nominating season.
Sanders, in an interview with The Associated Press, pointed to his wide margins of victory and called it evidence that his political revolution is coming to pass.
Stressing the important of voter turnout, he said, “when large numbers of people come — working people, young people who have not been involved in the political process — we will do well and I think that is bearing out tonight.”
With 51 Louisiana delegates at stake, Clinton will gain more than half — at least 28. That margin will make up for her loss to Sanders in Nebraska. In that state, Sanders will pick up at least 14 and Clinton will receive at least 10.
Overall, Clinton had at least 1,104 delegates to Sanders’ 446, including superdelegates — members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination. There were 109 at stake on Saturday.