Trump, Clinton Inch Forward in Delegate Race

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The 2016 Presidential Election

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May 17, 2016

Donald Trump, as the only GOP candidate left in the race, is on the verge of cementing his nomination, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue to split delegates between them.

Trump won the Oregon Republican primary, gaining 17 of the 23 delegates on offer and bringing his running total to 1,103. He needs 1,237 to gain the nomination.

Clinton and Sanders, meanwhile, achieved a nearly even split of the delegates on offer in Kentucky and Oregon. Sanders got a total of 55, bringing his total 1,488. Clinton got 51, bringing her total to 1,767. The Democratic nominee will need the support of 2,383 delegates to achieve the nomination.

Washington has a GOP primary on May 24, with 44 delegates on offer. The following week, on June 3, five states, including California, will have their primaries. Thus, it is likely that the results on that day will put Trump over the top.

The same could be said of Clinton, given that she has already announced the support of a significant number of the party’s superdelegates.

A complete list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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