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Sanders Looks to Extend Winning Streak as Clinton Turns to November

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 07:51 AM

Refusing to cede any ground to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic nomination race, Bernie Sanders is looking for strong showings in Tuesday's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.

Clinton has been trying to pivot toward an expected general election contest against Republican Donald Trump, but Sanders' vow to stay in the race until the final votes are cast is forcing the Democratic front-runner to keep an eye on the primary campaign.

After winning the last two primaries, Sanders is looking to extend his streak to Kentucky and Oregon before the Democratic race all but winds down on June 7. 

There's been little polling in either state leading up to Tuesday's primaries, but both Clinton and Sanders have been investing time and resources in Kentucky, suggesting the contest there is competitive. Sanders was in the state over the weekend and Clinton spent Sunday and Monday there. 

"We've got to turn a lot of people out," Clinton told a crowd at a diner in Paducah on Monday. "I'll tell you this, I'm not going to give up on Kentucky in November."

Sanders has been putting in appearances in Oregon, and is also betting big turnout to deliver a victory.

"If voter turnout is low, if young people and working people don't send in their ballots, we will probably lose," Sanders said during a Saturday phone interview with The Oregonian newspaper. "Needless to say, what I hope we'll be seeing is a very large voter turnout."

Both primaries are open only to registered Democrats, which has been an advantage to Clinton in the past. But Clinton may be hurt in Kentucky, a state she won in the 2008 primary contest with 65 percent of the vote, by remarks she made in March about putting the coal industry "out of business.''

Clinton earlier this month tried to walk back that statement while campaigning in West Virginia, a state, like Kentucky, with a long history of ties to the coal industry. Last week, Sanders defeated Clinton in West Virginia by a comfortable, 15-point margin. 

There also is a Republican primary in Oregon that is little more than a formality now that Trump is the only candidate remaining in the race.

Even if Sanders pulls out victories on Tuesday, he would still face incredibly long odds at winning the Democratic nomination.

The Vermont senator and his campaign staff have acknowledged that his path to the nomination is rapidly closing, and Tuesday's contests award delegates proportionally, meaning Clinton will continue to add to her delegate total. 

In all, 135 delegates are at stake in Tuesday's primaries, and Clinton is 143 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to claim the nomination while Sanders is 910 short. Those figures include the 524 party officials and officeholders known as superdelegates who aren't bound by primary or caucus results and are backing Clinton, according to an Associated Press tally. 

Sanders' campaign has been trying to persuade superdelegates from states he's won to switch sides, but with little success. He's also hoping to bolster his argument with superdelegates by finishing strong with pledged delegates in the remaining 11 contests, including California and its 548 delegates.

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Refusing to cede any ground to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic nomination race, Bernie Sanders is looking for strong showings in Tuesday's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.
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