In the nomination race to the White House, Democrat Bernie Sanders has handed another defeat to frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Sanders won West Virginia primaries by more than 15 percentage points. But, the former Secretary of State registered a win in Nebraska.
However Sanders’ win will not hold back Clinton’s steady march toward the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton is set to be presumptive Democratic nominee as she has a massive lead over Sanders in the delegates count.
The Vermont senator acknowledged that he has an uphill climb in terms of becoming the party’s nominee, but said he would continue his fight till the end of the primary season.
“Our message to the Democratic delegates who will be assembling in Philadelphia is, while we may have many disagreements with Secretary Clinton, there is one area (where) we agree. And that is, we must defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said while attacking Trump in his victory speech.
On the Republican side, the sole remaining candidate Donald Trump won both the primaries in West Virginia and Nebraska taking his total delegate count to 1,107. Trump technically needs 130 delegates to officially become the presumptive nominee of the party. But since he is the only Republican candidate in the race, it doesn’t matter.
“It is a great honour to have won both West Virginia and Nebraska, especially by such massive margins. My time spent in both states was a wonderful and enlightening experience for me,” Trump said in a statement.
“I learned a lot, and that knowledge will be put to good use towards the creation of businesses, jobs, and the strengthening and revival of their economies. I look forward to returning to West Virginia and Nebraska soon, and hope to win both states in the general election,” he said.
But all’s not good for Trump as some GOP leaders continue to hold off offering their endorsement of the party’s presumptive nominee.
On the other hand, Clinton is just 155 delegates short of the 2,383 she needs to secure the nomination. To win them, she needs just 17 per cent of the delegates at stake in the remaining contests. Moreover she already enjoys the backing of the superdelegates.
(With inputs from agencies)