Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday scored victories in the Democratic caucuses in Washington and Alaska, The Washington Post reports.
During an address in Wisconsin, Sanders thanked Alaska for “a resounding victory”, and also claimed strong momentum in Washington state.
“We knew things would begin to improve when we moved west,” he said to huge applause. The Washington results came in as he spoke, and he drew a deafening cheer when he read the news aloud, according to the newspaper.
Sanders is also favored to in Hawaii, where results are expected later Saturday.
The delegates he would capture in a sweep would dent but not seriously damage front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Winning all three states would, however, buoy his insurgent challenge, as the contest moves back to large, delegate-rich states in the Midwest and Northeast, noted The Washington Post.
Clinton’s campaign conceded that Sanders had the edge in all three contests Saturday, but it claimed that even the largest prize, Washington, will make little difference in the dynamics of a primary contest that she has long been favored to win.
A CNN/ORC survey last week gave Sanders a 20-point lead over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a head-to-head contest. Clinton held a 12-point lead over Trump in the same survey.
Sanders hopes that momentum from his victories Saturday will carry forward to a much-watched contest on April 5 in Wisconsin, which shares borders with two states — Michigan and Minnesota — that Sanders won over Clinton in previous contests.
Both candidates are expected to campaign in Wisconsin over the next few days, according to The Washington Post.