There will be Democratic presidential contests held in three states today, where Hillary Clinton will look to extend her lead and inch closer to the nomination, but Bernie Sanders will be looking for a sweep.
Sanders is hoping for wins in Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington. All three contests will be in the form of caucuses, which seem to have favored Sanders in the past.
Western states have become the focal point of the Bernie Sanders campaign as he looks to close the delegate gap between the two Democratic contenders.
Clinton holds a lead in pledged delegates with 1, 223 while Sanders currently has 920. Sanders has said he will stay in the race and fight for the nomination through the Democratic National Convention in July, and winning these three states could certainly give him the momentum needed to surge forward.
Washington will be the state with the most delegates up for grabs in Saturday’s contests, with 101 to be divided up proportionately between the candidates. Hawaii will have 25 up, and Alaska will have 16.
Sanders has been campaigning vigorously in Washington, as he drew thousands to Safeco Field in Seattle for a rally on Friday.
This could be a great opportunity for Sanders to gain some real delegate ground on Clinton moving closer to other western states such as California and Oregon, where Sanders could do well.
Sanders has also recently been endorsed by The Seattle Times, the state’s biggest newspaper.