Grimes says Hillary Clinton will edge Bernie Sanders in Kentucky presidential primary

05/17/2016 11:10 PM

With less than a 2,000-vote margin, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says unofficially that she expects Hillary Clinton will win Kentucky’s presidential primary.

“We have 99 percent of our precincts reporting based on unofficial vote totals that we are seeing Hillary Clinton will be unofficial nominee on behalf of the Democratic Party here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Grimes told CNN Tuesday night.

With a five percent showing on Tuesday, more than 24,000 Democrats voted for “uncommitted” in the closed primary election.

Results proportionately determine delegate allotment, meaning Clinton and Sanders will both walk away with 25 delegates from the bluegrass. There were 55 delegates awarded during the contest in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Democratic Party joined Grimes Tuesday night in declaring Clinton the winner.

“We congratulate Hillary Clinton on an extremely close win here in Kentucky, and we’re excited about the energy she and Bernie Sanders have poured into the Commonwealth during the race,” said Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party and the state House Democratic caucus.

Overly said the campaigning by the candidates across the state show an enthusiastic party ahead of the general election.

“We are fortunate to have two highly qualified candidates who each have innovative plans to create jobs, provide healthcare and prepare our workforce for the future,” Overly continued. ““They both stand out as clearly better choices than the presumptive Republican nominee,”

The Democratic Party will hold their state convention June 4 in Louisville, where delegates will be selected for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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