Tuesday night, May 17, Democratic party nominees Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battled it out in the Oregon and Kentucky primaries. While Clinton barely won Kentucky, Sanders comfortably won in Oregon with a 53% to 47% victory against Clinton.
Leading up to yesterday’s voting in Kentucky and Oregon, a disorderly scene erupted at the Nevada State Democratic Convention on Saturday, May 14, after 58 of Sanders’ state delegates were disqualified due to rule violations, a move that meant the could not vote for the state’s actual delegates who will go to the party’s national convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28.
In order to continue chugging along, Sanders must win by wide margins the rest of the way to stand a chance to catch up to Clinton. Next stop, California.
Here are five things to take away from Tuesday’s primaries and how Saturday’s melee could effect the DNC.
Sanders is over the Democratic leadership.
Though he’s made it clear he is “in it ‘til the last ballot is cast,” Sanders has had it with the leadership of his party. After what unfolded last weekend, Sanders finds it crucial that the leadership of the Democratic Party understand that the political world is changing. The junior United States senator from Vermont continued his tone on Tuesday during a rally in Carson, Calif. and urged that the Democratic party do the right thing and “open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change…”
Further Eruptions Possible at the DNC
It’s possible. Sander supporters are absolutely fed up and if it weren’t made evident last Saturday, prepare for more uprising in Philadelphia come July. The party rules have frustrated Sander supporters and they believe it has pushed Sanders to the wayside. The way things concluded last Saturday is something that has been simmering for quite some time in the Democratic Party. We’ve seen it throughout the Republican race with many personal insults. Now it may ooze its way over to the Democratic National Convention.
The Kentucky race was close
Though Clinton declared victory, the Associated Press declined to project a winner.
No word from the Clinton campaign.
Mum’s the word over in the Clinton camp, but she sent out a very interesting tweet after her win in Kentucky that might have eluded to Saturday night’s brawl. The Nevada state party’s count gave Clinton a 33-delegate advantage out of 3,400 who attended Saturday. A “minority report” of 64 Sanders supporters were reportedly wrongly denied delegate status.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 18, 2016
California primary odds for Clinton
Right now, with the California primaries weeks away, Clinton is ahead of Sanders with a 50.6% to 40.8% lead. At this point, Clinton could snatch the the Democratic nomination by the June 7 primary.
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