Bernie Sanders needed a huge victory in West Virginia to keep the hope alive for his campaign, and on Tuesday night, voters delivered the Vermont senator a major win. Sanders defeated Clinton in a state she handily won back in 2008, and secured his 19th win.
But despite his victory, his path to the nomination is narrow at best. It will continue to be a rough road for Bernie and his supporters, but the senator shows no signs of backing down.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Sanders will take home 18 delegates with 51.4% of the vote, while Clinton will take 11 delegates with 35.8% of the vote. Sanders’ 15-point victory gives his campaign the fuel it needs to march forward to the convention.
“We are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination,” Sanders said speaking to a crowd of supporters in Salem, Oregon on Tuesday evening. Oregon will vote next Tuesday, with 61 delegates up for grabs.
Clinton’s campaign was hurt by her recent remarks on the coal industry, stating that she will be putting a lot of coal companies out of business.
In recent weeks, Sanders has shifted his campaign’s focus to his performance in the polls against the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
Commenting on the upcoming convention, Sanders said, “The delegates will decide which candidate is the strongest nominee to take on Donald Trump in November.” The senator added, “All of the evidence indicates that I am that candidate.”