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Bernie Sanders Wins Idaho Democratic Caucus

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 23/03/2016 Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) eked out a win against Hillary Clinton in Idaho's Democratic caucus on Tuesday.

They'll both walk away with roughly the same number of delegates, though, since Idaho awards its delegates proportionally.

Sanders had a slight lead heading into Idaho's caucus, and unlike Clinton, he spent time in the state. He drew thousands of supporters  at an Idaho Falls event on Friday, and held another event Monday at Boise State University. Clinton opted to send in a surrogate, Olympic gold medalist Michelle Kwan, to rally supporters at the school on Thursday. Kwan previously worked as a public envoy under Clinton at the State Department.

Sanders and Clinton will basically split the state's 27 delegates, which leaves them in the same place they were in before the caucus: with Clinton dominating the race. She swept in last week's primaries in Ohio, Illinois, Florida and North Carolina, and heading into Tuesday her number of pledged delegates stood at 1,147 to Sanders' 830. It takes 2,383 delegates to lock in the nomination.

It's nearly impossible for Sanders to win at this point, mathematically speaking. As Vox points out, he would have to prevail in practically every remaining state by huge margins in order to catch up to Clinton's pledged delegates.

The next Democratic primaries are on Saturday, in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state.

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