Clinton Claims Victory in Too-Close-to-Call Kentucky; Sanders Easily Wins Oregon

By Susan Jones | May 18, 2016 | 5:37am EDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., holds a town hall meeting in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Monday, May 16, 2016. Sanders arrived in Puerto Rico on Monday to talk about the U.S. territory's worsening debt crisis ahead of the June 5 primary. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

(CNSNews.com) - The drama is all on the Democrat side in the latest round of presidential primaries.

With 75 percent of the vote counted in Oregon early Wednesday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was winning easily with 54.5 percent of the vote (264,151 votes) to Hillary Clinton's 45.5 percent (220,943 votes).

But in Kentucky, the race was still too close to call early Wednesday, although Clinton tweeted that she has won.

With 99 percent of the vote counted on Wednesday, fewer than two thousand votes separated the candidates.

Clinton led with 46.8 percent of the vote (212,549) to Sanders' 46.3 percent (210,626).

But Sanders isn't giving up, telling his supporters last night: "In a couple of weeks, if we can win big in New Jersey, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Montana,  and California, we have the possibility -- it will be a steep climb, I recognize that -- but we have the possibility of going to Philadelphia with the majority of the pledged delegates."

According to the Associated Press, Clinton and Sanders will each pick up at least 27 delegates in Kentucky, with one delegate remaining to be allocated pending final vote tallies. In Oregon, Sanders will receive at least 28 delegates and Clinton at least 24 with the remaining delegates awarded according to vote tallies.

There was no contest on the Republican side, where Donald Trump took 66.8 percent (211,034) of the vote, with 75 percent of the precincts reporting.

But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did better in Oregon than he did in some other primaries, taking 16.7 percent even though he's no longer in the race; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich took 16.4 percent.

Trump tweeted Tuesday night that if Clinton can't win in Kentucky, she should drop out of the "rigged" race.

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