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US primaries: Sanders challenges Clinton to debate on home turf


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We “do have a path to victory” Bernie Sanders declared fresh off the back of three west-coast triumphs.

The Democratic presidential hopeful admitted he was still the underdog on his side of the US campaign, but overwhelming wins in Alaska, Washington State and Hawaii have given him the political momentum to gain the backing of the party’s key players, he says.

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Sanders is hoping his recent success will sway some of the super-delegates (officials within the party who can support either candidate) in his favour as polls suggest he has a better chance of beating a Republican candidate than the former Secretary of State.

“What we are trying to do in this campaign is to differentiate our positions from Secretary Clinton on the war in Iraq, on fracking, on how we raise money. That is what the American people want to hear. And by the way, one other point, Chuck: I would hope very much that as we go into New York State, Secretary Clinton’s home state, that we will have a debate.”

Sanders’ victories could also give his campaign a financial boost.

Rival Hillary Clinton has dominated the fundraising contest so far and is leading the race for the Democratic candidacy by some 268 delegates, according to the Associated Press

Following Saturday’s caucuses (March 26), the former Secretary of State leads Sanders by 1,243 to 975.

Including the support of super-delegates who have already pledged allegiance, Clinton is ahead by 1,712 to 1,004 in the quest to reach 2,383 delegates.

However, Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until all 50 states have voted.


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