Bernie Sanders won an easy primary victory 54.5% to 45.5% over Hillary Clinton in Oregon while the result in Kentucky is still too close to call although Clinton has a small lead 46.8% to 46.3%. Both these primaries were closed, meaning that only registered Democrats could vote in them and the conventional wisdom has been that such primaries favor Clinton since Sanders is supposedly more popular with independents. Hence his strong showing yesterday must be a source of concern to the Clinton camp.
There is now a gap of nearly three weeks before the next contests. Virgin Islands has caucuses on Saturday, June 4 but only seven delegates are at stake but Puerto Rico’s primary on June 5 has 60 delegates. But then on Tuesday, June 7 we see six states with a huge swathe of delegates up for grabs. The final primary for Washington DC on June 14 is going to be bit of an anti-climax.
There is not much polling on the remaining states except for delegate-rich California and New Jersey where Clinton has leads of around 10% at the moment. But you can be sure that she will pull out all the stops in order to try and get blowout wins in both places to erase the memory of the recent string of discouraging performances.