The Wall Street Journal: Kentucky primary too close to call between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Hillary Clinton waged an aggressive battle ahead of Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary, investing both time and resources in hopes of pulling out a win — or at least avoiding another embarrassingly big defeat.

While the Democratic nomination remains within Clinton’s grasp, she has been lumbering toward the finish line while being forced to simultaneously fend off attacks from Democratic rival Bernie Sanders and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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“In the end, it’s not really going to matter, assuming the math holds up,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist, in a reference to her nearly insurmountable lead in gathering the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

More than two hours after the last polls closed in Kentucky and with some 99% of precincts reporting, the results were still too close to call.

Trump and Sanders were both expected to win the primaries in Oregon, the other state voting Tuesday. The New York businessman won the Kentucky Republican caucuses on March 5.

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There were 116 Democratic delegates up for grabs Tuesday, 55 in Kentucky and 61 in Oregon, all of which will be distributed proportionally.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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