Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary, the head of the state’s election board said on Tuesday (May 17) night. Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump readily won the party's primary in Oregon on Tuesday.
The tight contest in Kentucky was yet another demonstration of how divided Democrats are in the drawn-out national race for the party’s nomination.
Mrs Clinton’s ability to stave off a resounding defeat in Kentucky now gives her a little breathing room, as she looks forward to a lull in the primary campaign before the final contests on June 7.
Mrs Clinton now has 2,265 delegates, putting her 767 delegates ahead of Bernie Sanders' 1,498 and just 118 short of the 2,383 needed to win the Democratic nomination.
On the Republican side, front-runner Donald Trump currently stands with 1,144 delegates, which is still 93 delegates short of the 1,237 needed to win the nomination.
Here are the numbers of delegates which candidates have won so far. Figures in brackets are superdelegates (unpledged Democratic party leaders who are free to support any candidate) and are included in the total number.
|Oregon (28 delegates)||TBC|
|Total delegates already won||1,144 (58)|
|Oregon (74 delegates)||TBC||TBC|
|Kentucky (61 delegates)||25||25|
|Total delegates already won||2,265 (524)||1,498 (40)|
SOURCE: The New York Times