- Harrison Berry
Hillary Clinton may still the Democratic presidential frontrunner, but March 25 was the biggest and best night yet for Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) who swept a trio of Western state caucuses in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. The wins came less than a week after Sanders' overwhelming success in the Idaho Democratic caucuses.
The biggest victory came in Washington where both Clinton and Sanders made multiple appearances before the March 25 caucuses, including a Sanders campaign rally in Seattle, Wash., at Safeco Field (home to the Seattle Mariners baseball team) where the left-leaning Democrat filled more than 15,000 seats.
"Don't let anyone make you believe that Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate to take on the Republican front-runner," Sanders told the Safeco crowd on Saturday, referring to a presumptive challenge from Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. "It simply isn't true," Sanders added.
A new CNN poll indicates Sanders holds a 20-point lead over Trump while Clinton holds a 12-point advantage.
"This is what momentum looks like," Sanders told his supporters Saturdays. "When we started this campaign, we were 60 points behind Secretary Clinton. Don't let anyone tell you that we can't win the nomination or the general election. We're going to do both of those things."
To date, Clinton has approximately 1,700 delegates while Sanders has just under 1,000—2,383 Democratic delegates are needed to clinch the nomination.
Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns are now looking at the New York State Democratic primary, set for Tuesday, April 19. Clinton served as a U. S. Senator from New York 2001-2009, but Sanders is a native New Yorker and is doing well in the polls in advance of the Empire State contest.