Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders received a much needed boost to his campaign this weekend. He won the caucuses in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii.
He won a total of 73 percent of the delegate vote in Washington, 82 percent of the vote in Alaska and 71 percent in Hawaii. His sweep of these west coast states is welcome news for his supporters as he has been lagging behind in the caucuses. Sanders predicts his winning streak will continue as the campaign moves into the northeastern states.
“Now that we’re heading into a progressive part of the country, we expect to do much better,” he said. “We knew from day one that politically we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South. But we knew things were going to improve when we headed west.”
The wins in Washington and the surrounding states will not only give Sanders momentum in the voting but attract more donations which will increase his campaign’s advertising capacity.
Sanders still has an uphill battle to fight if he is going to overtake Clinton and win the nomination. Secretary Clinton expects to counter Sanders’ victories with some of her own as the delegate voting will soon begin in her home state of New York.
“Here’s what I want you to know,” Clinton stated, “I have, as of now, gotten more votes than anybody else, including Donald Trump. I have gotten 2.6 million more votes than Bernie Sanders. I have a bigger lead in pledged delegates, the ones you win from people voting, than Barack Obama had at this time in 2008.”