WASHINGTON (AP) – Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Rhode Island, offering the Vermont senator modest gains in the race against front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Sanders’ win Tuesday blocks a potential sweep of the day’s five races by Clinton, who has already won three out of the five contests.
But the former Secretary of State entered Tuesday’s five primaries having already accumulated 82 percent of the delegates needed to win her party’s nomination. While she can’t win enough delegates to officially knock Sanders out of the race this week, her gains could make it virtually impossible for him to catch up to her in the remaining contests.
There are 384 Democratic delegates up for grabs in Tuesday’s races in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.