Bernie Sanders

Sanders Campaign Press Release - Sanders Wins Alaska, Washington

March 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders

MADISON, Wis. – On a roll, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won the caucuses on Saturday in the state of Washington, where he holds a double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton, and in Alaska, where he won in a landslide.

"We are on a path toward victory," Sanders told a Saturday evening rally here in Wisconsin's capital city.

"It is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum," he told more than 8,100 cheering supporters who filled an arena on the University of Wisconsin campus. He said the momentum building behind his campaign comes from big crowds at rallies, from overwhelming victories, from record turnouts at caucuses and primaries, from a grassroots campaign taking on the political establishment and from more than 2 million supporters who donated less than $30 apiece on average.

While the results were still being tabulated in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, Saturday's caucuses were expected to result in a big gain in pledged delegates for Sanders. In the past week alone, Sanders picked up delegates in Idaho, Utah and among Democrats abroad.

Moreover, in recent days he edged into a nationwide lead over Clinton in a major national poll conducted for Bloomberg Politics.

Sanders also consistently has fared much better than the former secretary of state in matchups with Republican White House hopefuls, including GOP front-runner Donald Trump. In a recent CNN/ORC poll, Clinton had a 12-point edge over Trump but Sanders outpolled him by 20 points. Sanders also was liked by more voters than U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Clinton tied Cruz and lost to Kasich.

Wisconsin is the next stop in the contest with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Eighty-six pledged delegates will be at stake in the April 5 primary election.

Bernie Sanders, Sanders Campaign Press Release - Sanders Wins Alaska, Washington Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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