Clinton declares victory in Kentucky primary

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Clinton is declaring victory in Kentucky’s presidential primary, but her race with Bernie Sanders still remains too close to call.

Clinton says in a statement posted on Twitter that she just won the state’s primary and thanks “everyone who turned out.” She says, “We’re always stronger united.”

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With nearly all the votes counted, Clinton holds a narrow lead of less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.

The Sanders campaign is not immediately saying whether it will challenge the results. Kentucky does not have an automatic recount.

Clinton holds a commanding lead of nearly 300 pledged delegates over Sanders and a dominant advantage among party officials and elected leaders known as superdelegates. The outcomes in Tuesday’s primaries in Kentucky and Oregon are not expected to change the arc of the Democratic race.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is too close to call, according to the Associated Press.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, however, has stated that Clinton is the unofficial winner.  The Kentucky Democratic Party has also released a statement congratulating Clinton on the victory.

According to the Kentucky State Board of Elections, voter turnout stood at just over 17%.

With almost all the votes counted, the margin between the two candidates is less than 1 percent.

That’s a result that won’t change the overall arc of the race for the Democratic nomination.

The two rivals will more or less split the delegates available in the state. That’s a victory for Clinton, as she pushes ever closer to securing her party’s nomination.

Thanks to party rules that award delegates proportionally, the former secretary of state has maintained her steady march toward securing the 2,383 delegates it takes to win their party’s nomination.

Clinton began the night just 140 delegates shy of that number.

Democrats were also holding a presidential primary Tuesday in Oregon.

MSNBC has already called the race for Clinton.

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Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a closely divided race in Kentucky’s presidential primary as the results are reported Tuesday night.

Clinton is trying to avoid losses in Kentucky and Oregon to blunt Sanders’ recent momentum. Clinton holds a formidable lead of nearly 300 pledged delegates but Sanders has won primaries in Indiana and West Virginia as the primary race approaches the final contests in June.

Clinton is on track to clinch the Democratic nomination in early June but she’s trying to avoid primary defeats during the final stretch as she prepares for Republican Donald Trump.

Sanders is favored in Oregon’s primary on Tuesday night.