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Clinton Wins Kentucky Primary, Sanders Takes Oregon

Clinton Wins Kentucky Primary, Sanders Takes Oregon

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Clinton takes Kentucky in a close race, and Sanders wins Oregon.

Hillary Clinton is the "apparent winner" of the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary, NBC News reports, while Bernie Sanders has taken Oregon.

For two and a half hours after polls closed at 7 p.m. Eastern, the race remained too close to call, but then, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, the former secretary of State had a lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders of about 2,000 votes, 47 percent of the total to Sanders's 46 percent. There are probably not enough uncounted votes to put Sanders ahead, according to NBC. There are 60 delegates at stake in Kentucky, awarded proportionally. NBC shows Clinton with 26 so far and Sanders with 24.

In the Oregon Democratic primary today, with 61 delegates to be awarded proportionally, polls closed at 8 p.m. Pacific time, and about 40 minutes later, major news organizations called the race for Sanders. With 60 percent of the vote counted, he had 53 percent to Clinton's 47 percent, according to the Associated Press. He has been awarded 28 delegates and Clinton 24 so far.

A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination. Clinton started the day with 2,240 delegates -- 1,716 pledged through state primaries and caucuses, and 524 superdelegates, who are elected officials and party leaders who can support the candidate of their choice, regardeless of primary and caucus outcomes. Sanders started with 1,473 -- 1,433 pledged and 40 superdelegates.

Today's results will put her within 100 delegates of clinching the nomination, but Sanders is determined to stay in the race. At a rally in Carson, Calif., he said he would stay in the race "until the last ballot is cast." (Watch his speech in a video at the bottom of this page.) He predicted he would win several of the remaining primaries, including the big prize, California, with 475 delegates available. Its primary is June 7.

Clinton did not make a speech Tuesday night, but her campaign sent out a tweet of thanks for the Kentucky victory:

For the Republicans, Donald Trump, the only candidate still active in the race, has taken Oregon, where 28 delegates are up for grabs, awarded proportionally. He is the party's presumptive nominee, starting the day with 1,143 delegates of the 1,237 needed for the nomination. According to NBC, he has claimed at least 10 of Oregon's delegates. The Republican Party does not have superdelegates.

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