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Sanders wins big in Kansas, Nebraska; Clinton takes Louisiana

BOSTON – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday proved his campaign had staying power winning both the Kansas and Nebraska Democratic caucuses over rival former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sanders biggest victory of the night in Kansas, had him taking 67.7 percent of the vote over Clinton’s 32.2 percent, with just over 39,000 votes represented. In Nebraska, the margin narrowed to ten points with Sanders at 55.1 percent over Clinton’s 44.9 percent.

“We have the momentum. We have a path toward victory.” – Sen. Bernie Sanders

Thanking the people of Kansas for their strong support, Sanders who continues to draw thousands of supporters at rallies across the country again noted the campaign’s forward momentum.

“We have now won double-digit victories from New England to the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains to the Midwest. Democrats in Kansas today added to a column of double-digit victories in Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Hampshire and Vermont,” Sanders said in a statement on Saturday.

“We also came from behind and ended up in virtual ties in Iowa and Massachusetts. We have the momentum. We have a path toward victory.”

Louisiana turns out for Clinton

Clinton turned out big numbers in Louisiana winning with a projected 70 percent of the vote. Clinton won the majority of the state, with Sanders ahead in LaSalle and Cameron Parishes.

Clinton, while campaigning in Michigan, thanked Sanders for running a strong campaign and turned her focus to the battle ahead and divisive discourse on the part of the GOP.

“I am thrilled we are adding to our pledged delegate count. I’m grateful to everyone who turned out to support us, but now all eyes turn to Michigan,” Clinton said.

Michigan’s primary is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 with 148 delegates available.

The candidates face each other again on Sunday as Maine holds its Democratic caucus with 30 delegates at stake. The two will face off in a debate in Flint, Michigan on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. just as polls are expected to close in Maine.

Sunday’s debate was scheduled in Flint by the Democratic National Committee.

This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on March 5, 2016.

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