Washington Democrats have 101 pledged delegates at stake at the end of the process that begins with Saturday's precinct caucuses and wraps up with the state convention in June. During that process, the ratio of support for the candidates generally holds up if neither of them drop out. The state also has 17 party leaders or "super delegates" who can support whomever they want, and switch their support at any time.
Through Saturday's precinct caucuses, 27,170 delegates will be selected based on the candidate's relative strength, and sent to two meetings in the coming weeks: the legislative district caucuses where a new measure of candidate support will be taken, and county conventions where party platforms will be hashed out. Those meetings will send 1,400 delegates to the congressional district caucuses in May and the state convention in June, two meetings where national delegates are selected.
Final numbers: Bernie Sanders has 72.6 percent of the delegates from the Washington Democratic precinct caucuses. Hillary Clinton has 27.2 percent.
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With all Spokane County precincts reporting, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has 78 percent of the delegates from precinct caucuses and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has almost 22 percent. That's a split of 1,198 delegates to the next round of meetings for Sanders and 334 for Clinton from Spokane County. With 93 percent of the precincts reporting statewide, Sanders has 72 percent and Clinton has the 27 percent.
With 80 percent of Spokane County's precincts reporting, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has 78.5 percent of delegates awarded at the caucuses, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has slightly over 21 percent. Statewide, with about 85 percent of the state's 7,000 precincts tallied, Sanders has 72 percent and Clinton 28 percent.
Sanders is leading Clinton about 2-to-1 in King County, which has the most delegates to the legislative district caucuses and the county conventions.
With 40 percent of precincts in Spokane County reporting, Bernie Sanders has 80 percent, or 700 delegates, compared to 20 percent or 174 for Hillary Clinton.
Sanders had about 74 percent of the delegates statewide with 52 percent of precincts around Washington tabulated.
Bernie Sanders is racking up a significant victory in Spokane County as results from those precinct caucuses begin to show up in the state Democratic Party tallies. With 20 percent of Spokane County precincts reporting. Sanders has 82 percent of Spokane delegates awarded so far, or 377 to Hillary Clinton's 81 Spokane delegates.
In partial reports from King County, Sanders has 67 percent of delegates reported so far, or 943, compared to 447 for Cllinton.
Sanders' largest victory percentage in a county where a significant number of delegates are at stake is 87 percent in Okanogan County, which netted him 154 delegates to the next round of meetings compared to 23 for Clinton.
With 38 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders continues to collect about three-fourths of the delegates in counties that have concluded counts. Among the largest counties reporting, his smallest percentage is about 69 percent in King County, where slightly under 12 percent of precincts have reported.
With one third of the state's 7,000 precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders maintains his 3-to-1 lead over Hillary Clinton in delegates selected at the caucuses. He's at 75.6 percent, compared to 24.2 percent for Clinton.
CNN declares Bernie Sanders the winner of the Washington state Democratic precinct caucuses. With just over 30 percent of the precincts reporting, he has 76 percent of the delegates to about 24 percent for Hillary Clinton. He also has 69 percent of the delegates from the precincts reporting so far in King County, which is the state's largest and among the most Democrat-rich counties.
With 29 percent of precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders lead in delegates selected at the Washington caucuses inched up to 77 percent. Rural counties continue to report full results, but the more populous counties, which have more than a single legislative district within their boundaries, are slower. King County has reported about 5.8 percent of its precincts and no numbers yet from Spokane County.
With about a fourth of the precincts reporting caucus results, Bernie Sanders has 76.55 percent of the delegates selected, Hillary Clinton has 23.26 percent. Sanders leads by large margins in all counties reporting so far. Twelve small counties have reported all their results, but numbers from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are trickling in.
With about 19 percent of the precincts reporting, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to hold a 3-to-1 lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in delegates moving on to the next round of the Washington Democratic nominating process. He has about 75.8 percent of the delegates selected in the precincts reporting, she has 23.9 percent. Results just trickling in from King County, the state's largest and most delegate-rich.
With about 6 percent of King County precincts reporting, the candidates are tied, the state party says.
A total of 10 counties, with just under 14 percent of the state's 7,000 precincts have reported results from the Democratic caucuses, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 74 percent to 26 percent. His smallest lead is a 60 percent to 40 percent spread in the delegates in Garfield County. It has five delegates, so Sanders gets three and Clinton 2.
In partial results fromthe largest county reporting so far, Snohomish County, Sanders has 410 delegates to the next round of meetings compared to 151 delegates for Clinton.
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Snohomish and Lincoln counties also have reported caucus results, bringing the total of precincts reporting to about 11 percent. Sanders leads with 73.6 percent of support from caucus attendees; Clinton has 26 percent. Just under 4 percent are listed as "uncommitted."
Caucus results are just starting to in and Bernie Sanders has a 3-to-1 lead over Hillary Clinton with about 7 percent of the results reported to the Washington Democratic Party.
Five relatively small counties are in:
Adams, Columbia, Douglas, Garfield and Wahkiakum. Sanders has a tad over 75 percent, Clinton just under 25 percent.
Most amusing thing so far: Watching CNN announcers trying to pronounce Wahkiakum.