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Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of about 3,000 in Evansville, Indiana on Monday.

Bernie Sanders pulls off shock victory in Indiana Democratic primary

Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton in polls, once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters pulling off his 18th victory of 2016

Bernie Sanders threw a last-minute hurdle in front of Hillary Clinton’s march toward the Democratic party nomination on Tuesday by clinching a surprise victory in the Indiana primary.
Despite trailing by an average of seven points in opinion polls and losing a string of bigger, more diverse states on the east coast, Sanders once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters by pulling off his 18th victory of 2016, according to Associated Press projections.
At that time, Sanders was on track to win a narrow majority of the 83 delegates on offer. With almost 75% reporting, Sanders had 53.2% of the vote to Clinton’s 46.8%.
The news came shortly after Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race, leaving the path to victory clear for Donald Trump.

gty_hillary_clinton_kab_150508_16x9_992Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The Sanders victory may see the race tighten.

The Sanders campaign hopes that Indiana will mark one last turning point in a national race characterised by a series of surprise comebacks that have prolonged Clinton’s otherwise relentless path toward the nomination.
He is well placed to pull off similar wins in West Virginia on 10 May and Oregon on 17 May, before a final showdown next month in California, whose 546 delegates present the biggest prize of the contest.
But even though Sanders has pledged to keep competing until the party convention in Philadelphia this July, he has acknowledged that catching up with Clinton is an “uphill struggle”.  Before Indiana, the former secretary of state was nearly 300 pledged delegates ahead of her Vermont rival and within 200 delegates of crossing the finish line including the controversial superdelegates – party figures who are able to vote independently of election results and overwhelmingly back Clinton.

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