Bernie Sanders ‘in this race to win’ after state gains

Bernie Sanders is pointing to his growing string of statewide wins and Hillary Clinton to her still- commanding lead in the delegate hunt as the Democratic rivals jostle for momentum heading into New York’s big primary later this month.
Bernie Sanders ‘in this race to win’ after state gains

The Republicans, too, are trying to scoop up delegates out west while bidding for some New York love.

With his weekend’s win in Wyoming, Sanders has won seven of the last eight state contests. But his latest victory did nothing to help him in the delegate chase: He and Clinton each got seven delegates.

“Now that we are in the second half of this campaign, we are going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlook,” Sanders said. “We are in this race to win.”

Clinton, looking right past the Wyoming results, told a crowd in Brooklyn that she needs a big win in New York on April 19 .

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said that she “has a nearly insurmountable lead in pledged delegates that will become harder to overcome after each contest”.

On the Republican side, Texas senator Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado’s 34 delegates by locking up the remaining 13 at the party’s state convention in Colorado Springs.

Donald Trump organised late in Colorado and left the state convention up to his organisers, spending half an hour on Saturday touring the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan.

He and Clinton found a rare point of agreement in poking back at Cruz for his earlier criticism of “New York values”.

Trump’s campaign said in a statement after his museum visit that the site was “symbolic of the strength of our country, and in particular New Yorkers”.

Clinton, for her part, told a crowd in Brooklyn: “I actually think New York values are really good for America.”

Her agreement with Trump ended right there, as she launched into an argument for electing Democrats to protect the US economy.

“It’s a fact that our economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House,” she said.

Clinton has 1,287 delegates, based on primaries and caucuses, to Sanders’ 1,037. When including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton has 1,756, or 74% of the number needed. Sanders has 1,068.

Trump still has a narrow path to winning the Republican nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7, but he has little room for error.

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