Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, in a reminder that the independent senator from Vermont has continued to win states, even as Clinton maintains her lead among delegates.
Sanders had 56 percent of the vote early Wednesday, compared with Clinton’s 43 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.
Clinton’s campaign had tried to lower expectations for her performance in Wisconsin, which sends 86 delegates to the Democratic convention this summer. Her campaign manager, Robby Mook, wrote in a Tuesday fundraising email that she “could very well lose,” and Brian Fallon, her national press secretary, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the state “somewhat favors” Sanders because its Democratic electorate is “very progressive” and the state hosts an open primary in which voters who aren’t registered as Democrats can participate.
Sanders, in contrast, had led in most Wisconsin polls since February and had telegraphed more confidence about his odds.
“If there is a large voter turnout, we will win on Tuesday,” Sanders said at a rally in Eau Claire Saturday… see more