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Hillary Clinton Trounces Bernie Sanders In Virginia's Democratic Primary

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/03/2016 Igor Bobic
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton easily won Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in Virginia, chalking up another victory as she continues on what looks like an increasingly likely path to her party's nomination this summer.

Polls heading into the Tuesday primary showed Clinton leading Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by a double-digit margin, with 55 percent support to Sanders' 35 percent, according to HuffPost's polling average. 

The former secretary of state capitalized on several advantages in Virginia. The state's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, was a longtime fundraiser for the Clintons, and has campaigned on behalf of the candidate several times. Clinton also won the endorsement of popular Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has been mentioned as a possible running mate in the general election.

Clinton had made a big push to secure the support of Latino and black voters in the Commonwealth, especially in the populous and affluent regions of Northern Virginia. Those key demographics were similarly instrumental in her victories in Nevada and South Carolina.

Campaigning at George Mason University in Fairfax on Monday, Clinton spoke about the need for stronger gun control, an issue where she's sought to create a contrast between herself and Sanders.

“People talk about the really powerful lobbies in Washington,” she said. “The most powerful is the gun lobby, and it’s time we all stood up to them.”

At stake on Tuesday were Virginia's 95 Democratic delegates, which are awarded proportionally.

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