Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Democratic primary in Indiana, MSNBC and Fox News are reporting.
The race was a nail biter after the polls closed with Clinton and Sanders trading the lead in early returns. News organizations had classified the race as “too close to call” for more than two hours.
In a statement to supporters Sanders vowed to keep competing “until the last vote is cast.”
“The Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong,” Sanders said. “We understand that we have an uphill climb to victory, but we have been fighting uphill from the first day of this campaign.”
Polls leading into the primary Tuesday showed a tight race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). A Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist Poll showed Clinton with a 4-point lead over sanders.
The victory here, however, is not expected to change the momentum of the race much. Clinton was already significantly leading Sanders in the delegate race. Before Indiana, Sanders had to win 65 percent of the remaining delegates in the race to win the nomination, according to NPR.
In the week leading into the Indiana primary, Sanders laid off hundreds of campaign staffers, but has vowed to continue to press his issues all the way through the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia in July.
MSNBC reported Tuesday that Clinton did not plan to speak after the Indiana primary results.