US ELECTION 2016:
Bernie Sanders has won two more US states in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, as he tries to close the gap on Hillary Clinton.
Senator Sanders took the biggest prize of the day, Washington state, and Alaska. Hawaii also went to the polls.
Mr Sanders was projected to have won 76% of the vote in Washington against 24% for Mrs Clinton.
And US TV networks gave him nearly 79% of the vote in Alaska, against 21% for Mrs Clinton.
Results are yet to emerge from Hawaii.
Washington was the most significant of the three states voting on Saturday, with 101 delegates up for grabs. There were 16 delegates on offer in Alaska and 25 in Hawaii.
In spite of his victories, Mr Sanders faces a struggle to overhaul Mrs Clinton’s overall lead. Going into Saturday’s votes, Mrs Clinton led Mr Sanders by 1,692 delegates to 958. It takes 2,383 to win.
Bigger battles ahead
Mr Sanders has spent the week on the west coast, rallying support among liberals and the left-wing.
Late on Friday in Seattle’s Safeco baseball stadium, he repeated key elements of his policy platform, urging economic equality and universal health care.
He said: “Real change historically always takes place from the bottom on up when millions of people come together. We need a political revolution!
Mr Sanders is trying to build on overwhelming victories in last Tuesday’s caucuses in Idaho and Utah.
However, he suffered defeat in Arizona, and although his delegate haul from the three states was 20 higher than Mrs Clinton, he has failed to make major in roads into her lead.
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