Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Washington caucus Saturday as the Vermont socialist tries to catch up with rival Hillary Clinton in the delegate count. His victory was called by MSNBC and AP at about 6:30 p.m. EST.
The Sanders campaign poured a considerable effort in the state, where his platform was well-received by young liberals and he hosted a rally in Seattle Friday evening.
Additionally, Washington is in the midst of a minimum wage fight that played well into his message centered around economic inequality.
Sanders’ win in the Washington caucus Saturday, where 101 proportionally-allotted delegates were up for grabs, was declared after his victory in Alaska caucus that day.. His campaign hopes that a win in the Hawaii caucus later Saturday evening will put enough of a dent into Clinton’s significant delegate lead to give him the momentum to move forward.