Bernie Sanders comes out on top of Hawaii Democratic preference poll

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has announced that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the projected victor in the Democratic preference poll held on Saturday, with 88 percent, or 32,096, of the ballots counted so far.

Sanders acquired 71 percent, or 22,661, of the votes counted, and Hillary Clinton with 29 percent, or 9,377, according to the party.

Sanders also claimed victory in other Democratic presidential contests in Alaska and Washington state, with 82 percent and 73 percent respectively.

Officials say the total vote is still pending as the party continues to tabulate the remaining 12 percent of the votes, which are all from Oahu.

“Well I think, you know, we don’t have final numbers yet, we don’t know exactly the delegates are going to break down but at this point it looks like we won more than 70 percent of the vote in Alaska, we won by more than 10 points in Washington and it looks like the results here at least a 10 point victory as well,” said Reed Millar, the Hawaii state director for the Sanders campaign.

“A big day, now we won 5 of the last 6 races, states, we are picking up a lot of momentum. We are very happy with the way things are going. Winning here is important, Hawaii is a diverse state, one of the most diverse states in the country and that means a lot for our campaign and it should speak to what’s going to happen in California and New Tork and others.”

Sanders himself released this statement following his projected victory in Hawaii:

“I want to thank the people of Hawaii for their strong support and for turning out in huge numbers for Saturday’s caucuses. Nobody should have any doubt that this campaign has extraordinary momentum and that we have a path toward victory. In state after state, our grassroots effort has taken on the entire political establishment. We have taken on the senators and the governors and the mayors and the members of Congress. Our political revolution is the best chance we have to keep Donald Trump or any other Republican out of the White House.”

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