After a series of losses and narrow wins, Bernie Sanders has started to claim the first in a series of anticipated large victories.
With large victories in both Utah and Idaho caucuses, the Sanders campaign is making good on its assertion that the second half of the primary calendar will work more in the senator’s favor.
Sanders won Utah by a margin of 80% to Clinton’s 20%, and found success in Idaho by similar margins. Hillary Clinton claimed decisive victory in Arizona, where an official investigation has been launched to explore claims of voter suppression.
Sanders said of the victories: “I am enormously grateful to the people of Utah and Idaho for the tremendous voter turnouts that gave us victories with extremely large margins. The impressive numbers of young people and working-class people who participated in the process are exactly what the political revolution is all about. These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests.”
The candidates now turn their attention to the next contest on March 26, which will feature caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington state.