Bernie Sanders wins Oregon

Bernie Sanders has defeated opponent Hillary Clinton in Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary, according to AP and NBC News.

With 60 percent of the vote in, Sanders leads Clinton by tens of thousands of votes.

The race in Kentucky is much tighter, where Clinton is the presumptive winner. She leads Sanders in that state’s count by less than 2,000 votes.

You can see the live results of both of today’s Democratic primary contests here.

More to come.

Live results: Oregon and Kentucky primaries

Bernie Sanders will be looking to continue his mainland winning streak, after big wins in West Virginia, Indiana and Rhode Island over the past weeks.

He will be looking to win a large majority of the 55 pledged delegates in Kentucky, and 61 in Oregon, to help him close Clinton’s pledged delegate lead.

Sanders has long been a favorite to win in Oregon, where tens of thousands of voters recently changed their party affiliation to vote in the Democratic presidential primary, a good sign for the Vermont Senator.

Both Oregon and Kentucky hold closed primaries, which means to participate you must be registered Democrat.

Live results below will update automatically.

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Live results: West Virginia primary

Bernie Sanders is expected to perform well in West Virginia on Tuesday, a state where he has consistently polled well since last year.

The most recent MetroNews poll out of West Virginia shows Sanders head of primary opponent Hillary Clinton by 4 points, while a Public Policy Polling survey shows him with an 8 point edge.

There are 45 pledged delegates at stake in today’s contest, while the state will send another 5 unpledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July.

A big victory for Sanders in West Virginia will go some way to helping him close his pledged delegate deficit, and will assist his campaign in building momentum heading into upcoming primary states, like Kentucky, Oregon and California.

Live results from West Virginia will be updated below in realtime, after polls have closed.

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Bernie Sanders wins Indiana

NBC, CBS and FOX have projected Bernie Sanders the winner of Indiana’s Democratic primary on Tuesday.

Polling conducted in Indiana over the past week showed Sanders trailing Clinton by considerable margins. The most recent poll had him down by four points, a statistical tie.

Bernie Sanders has defied all expectations, winning Indiana’s primary by at least six points, according to realtime vote totals.

There were 83 delegates up for grabs in Indiana’s Democratic primary, and the state has an additional 9 unpledged delegates.

You can follow the vote count live here.

“For the past dew weeks, the corporate media has counted us out of this election. The political and financial establishment of this country have been vocal in their desire for us to go away,” Sanders said in a statement.

“Today, Indiana voters had another idea.”

On the Republican side, Donald Trump crushed Ted Cruz, while John Kasich finished in third place. As a result of today’s primary defeat, Cruz has dropped out of the Republican primary race.

Live results: Indiana primary

Bernie Sanders will be looking for a strong victory in Indiana today, to collect delegates in order to close his pledged delegate deficit, and remain competitive in the lead up to the Democratic Convention in July.

The most recent poll conducted in Indiana showed Clinton with a small lead of just four points, a statistical tie, meaning today’s primary could go either way.

Polls in the Hoosier State opened at 6am this morning, and will close at 6pm this evening.

There are 83 delegates up for grabs in Indiana’s Democratic primary, and the state has an additional 9 unpledged delegates.

You can follow the live results of today’s Democratic primary in the state of Indiana below. Results will begin to come in once polls have closed.

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Sanders named most popular senator in America

According to a constituent poll conducted by Morning Consult, Bernie Sanders is the most popular senator in the United States.

The poll of 62,000 registered voters determined which senators were most liked, or loathed by their constituents by calculating their approval rating.

It found that eighty percent of Vermont voters said they approve of Sanders, while just 17 percent disapprove, the best numbers of any senator in the United States.

Senator Sanders also came out on top the last time such a poll was released, in November.

Among the most disliked senators included Marco Rubio of Florida, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, who all scored a disapproval rating of greater than 41 per cent.

President Obama praises Sanders on campaign finance

During a news conference at the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama praised Bernie Sanders’ grassroots-funded campaign.

The president told journalists that Sanders’ fundraising efforts could help restore voters’ faith in the democratic system.

“You’ve got to give Bernie Sanders, for example, credit — building off some of the work I did; I, in turn, built off the work that Howard Dean did — for smaller donations, grassroots donors, to build up small contributions to allow candidates to be competitive,” President Obama said.

Obama also signalled that more should be done to fix campaign finance, saying it’s not enough for candidates like Sanders to voluntarily rely on small donations.

“I am a strong believer in finding ways in which we can make the financing of campaigns more democratic,” he said.

Throughout his campaign, Sanders has smashed major fundraising records, outraising every other candidate in the race, Democrats and Republicans, this year. He has received close to seven million donations from two million people.

In March alone, Sanders raised $44 million, almost all of it from small-dollar donors contributing to his campaign online.

Live results: New York primary

Can Bernie Sanders defeat Hillary Clinton in the state she once represented in the United States Senate for two terms?

Democrats in the Empire State take to the polls today to decide who they would like to be the party’s presidential nominee. With 247 delegates up for grabs, the primary is critical for bother candidates.

A victory for Bernie Sanders will help him close his pledged delegate deficit, which is now just less than 200 delegates.

Polling has shown the race tightening in recent days, with one Gravis study conducted just days ago showing Senator Sanders within just six points of Secretary Clinton.

Will the strong, grassroots efforts of Sanders’ campaign, making millions of phone calls into the state, ahead of today’s primary be enough to get him over the line? We’ll find out after polls close at 9pm Eastern time.

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Bernie Sanders meets Pope Francis

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has met Pope Francis while in Rome to attend a conference on social, economic and environmental issues.

Bernie Sanders has told the media in Rome that he and wife Jane briefly met with Pope Francis this morning in the papal residence. He said the meeting took place just before the pontiff left Rome for a one-day visit to Greece.

The presidential contender told the media he was honored by the meeting, and told Pope Francis that he appreciated his push to inject morality and justice into the world economy.

“It was a real honor for me, for my wife and I to spend some time with him. I think he is one of the extraordinary figures not only in the world today but in modern world history.”

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, a foreign policy adviser to Bernie Sanders said that no photos were taken of the meeting, which he said lasted for around five minutes.

Sanders made a quick trip to Rome days before New York’s critical primary to address a high-level meeting held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The Vatican had invited him to the event.

The Vermont Senator has long been an admirer of Pope Francis, and agrees with him on many issues, including climate change, and income and wealth inequality.

Sanders ad hits Clinton over minimum wage

A new television ad released by Sanders’ campaign questions why some politicians earn $200,000 an hour, while denying American workers $15 an hour.

The new 30 second advertisement is a clear jab at opponent Secretary Clinton, who has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from financial institutions for hour-long speeches, while not supporting a $15 an hour federal minimum wage.

“Wall Street banks shower Washington politicians with campaign contributions and speaking fees,” the narrator says as the ad opens.

“And what do they get for it? A rigged economy, tax breaks and bailouts.”

“$200,000 an hour for them, but not even 15 bucks an hour for all Americans. Enough is enough,” the ad concludes.

At last night’s Democratic debate, Senator Sanders highlighted Secretary Clinton’s inconsistency on the minimum wage, and pressed her to release the transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street banks.