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Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana Primary in Surprise Upset Over Hillary Clinton

The 53-47 victory was a moral boost to Sanders' campaign, but because of proportional allocation of delegates, Clinton's lead remains solid.

by Olivia Becker
May 4 2016, 1:25am

Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Bernie Sanders just barely eked out a win in the Indiana primary Tuesday evening, in a surprise upset over Hillary Clinton — one that ultimately won't change the landscape of the Democratic race all that much.

Sanders won with 53 percent of the vote and 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Clinton was favored to win the state in the polls leading up to Tuesday although the matchup remained close until the moment polls closed.

Before Tuesday, Clinton had a lead of 808 delegates over Sanders (including super delegates) and was 90 percent of the way to getting the magic number of 2,383 required to clinch the nomination. Indiana allocates delegates proportionally, so even with a 47 percent loss Clinton will be able to keep a sizable advantage over Sanders in the number of delegates.

Clinton made it clear during an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon that she was focusing on Trump as her sole rival.

"I'm really focused on moving into the general election," Clinton told host Andrea Mitchell. "And I think that's where we have to be, because we're going to have a tough campaign against a candidate who will literally say or do anything. And we're going to take him on at every turn on what's really important to the people of our country."

The next Democratic primary will be in Kentucky on May 17. Sanders was in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, where he addressed supporters, while Clinton was not expected to speak.

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