Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win Washington state Primary
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News May 24, 2016 Updated: 11:57 PM
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both taken victories in the Washington State primary, according to the Associated Press.
Trump's win helps him inch closer to clinching the GOP nomination for president. He is within 41 delegates of the number needed to become the Republican nominee.
Clinton's win might give her some momentum, but it won't get her any delegates. There were no delegates at stake in the Democratic primary. Washington Democrats already awarded their delegates based on party caucuses.
There are no more Republican contests until June 7, when the last five states vote. With a total of 303 delegates at stake in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, Trump should easily clinch the nomination that day.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton defeated Sanders. She was winning 54 percent to 46 percent in early returns; however the results don't affect the allocation of delegates.
Washington has both a presidential primary and a caucus system, but Democrats will ignore the primary results, having chosen to keep using the party caucus system to allocate their delegates. Bernie Sanders handily won the Democratic caucuses in March.
Following the congressional district caucuses over the weekend, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party said 74 delegates will go to Sanders and 27 to Clinton.
State Republicans will send 44 delegates to the July national convention in Cleveland. Thirty will be allocated proportionally based on candidate percentages in the congressional districts - three delegates from each of the 10 districts.
Fourteen at-large delegates, which include three Republican National Committee members, will be allocated according to the statewide primary votes. Those delegates are allocated proportionally to candidates with at least 20 percent of the statewide vote.