Sanders Sweeps Saturday Caucuses

Notches wins in Alaska, Washington, Hawaii
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2016 3:37 PM CDT
Updated Mar 27, 2016 1:03 AM CDT
Sanders Takes Early Lead in Saturday's Democratic Caucuses
A Bernie Sanders supporter holds up a sign during a Democratic caucus Saturday at Seattle's Town Hall.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Bernie Sanders has won Saturday's caucuses in Alaska, Washington state, and Hawaii as he fights to gain ground on Hillary Clinton, reports the AP. Washington was Saturday's big prize with 101 delegates at stake, and Politico called a victory there "essential" to Sanders' campaign hopes. The delegates will be awarded proportionately and Sanders was headed toward a lopsided win—good news for him given that he trailed Clinton by more than 300 pledged delegates heading into the day. It's no surprise to see Sanders do well in Washington, notes Fox News. On Friday, he drew 10,000 to a rally in Seattle, one of the most liberal cities in the country. Seattle also leads the country in per-capita individual donations to Sanders—about $145 for every 100 people.

The story was largely the same in Alaska, where Sanders had a lead of nearly 60 points with more than a third of precincts reporting. Analysts say the overwhelming whiteness of Alaska, which has 16 delegates up for grabs, favored Sanders. The final 25 delegates of the day came from Hawaii's caucuses. Throughout the campaign, Sanders has done better in caucuses than primaries. "The Deep South is a very conservative part of the country," he tells the AP. "Now that we're heading into a progressive part of the country, we expect to do much better. There is a path to victory." That path, the AP notes, is steep: After the first two wins Saturday, Clinton's delegate lead was 1,234 to 956 over Sanders, which widens considerably when superdelegates are included: 1,703 to 985. (More Democratic caucus stories.)

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