Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses in Alaska and Washington on Saturday by a wide margin over challenger Hillary Clinton.
The Alaska results were called by the Associated Press at 5:21 pm ET with 37 percent of precincts reporting. At the time of writing, Sanders had 79 percent to Clinton’s 20 percent. The state has a relatively small population of Hispanic and black voters, demographics that have previously favored Clinton. Sanders is now on track to earn nine of the state’s 16 delegates.
Alaska, the state with the single highest male-to-female ratio in the US, has gone for Bernie.— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) March 26, 2016
damn. Bernie's numbers look GREAT out west. i wonder how he'll do in CA.— haley♀ (@haleyp) March 26, 2016
As I said, Alaska's remote villages who have never been exposed to intersectional feminism came out huge for Bernie. https://t.co/ujJSQWkh73— Carl Diggler (@carl_diggler) March 26, 2016
Of course #BirdieSanders brought the campaign good luck.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 26, 2016
Clinton is a strange, "inevitably victorious front-runner": with Hawaii, she'll have lost the last 5 out of 6 states -- by big margins.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 26, 2016
The Washington results were called at 6:28 pm ET by the Associated Press. At the time of writing, Sanders had 75 percent to Clinton’s 24 percent. The state has 101 delegates at stake. The two wins will help to close the wide gap between Sanders and Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination. Sanders currently has 929 delegates to Clinton’s 1,223. To secure the Democratic nomination, a candidate needs 2,383 delegates total.
Hawaii is also holding a Democratic caucus on Saturday, which begins at 1 pm local time. Republicans are not holding any contests today.