Clinton leads Sanders in a narrow Kentucky Democratic primary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a crowd at Transylvania University on May 16, 2016. On the eve of the Kentucky Democratic primary in 2008, Clinton spoke to a crowd at Transylvania University.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Kentucky’s Democratic Primary Tuesday evening. The Associated Press said the race was “too close to call.” 

The race was close through out the state with Clinton leading by about 1,800 votes, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The two Democratic presidential candidates will split Kentucky’s 55 delegates. Each will receive about 25 delegates but “five delegates remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies” the Herald-Leader reported.

Sanders won most counties in Eastern Kentucky, where Clinton previously did well in the 2008 Kentucky Democratic primary against President Barack Obama. However, Clinton won both Jefferson and Fayette counties, the two largest counties in Kentucky.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray also won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s United States senator on Tuesday. Gray will go against current Sen. Rand Paul in the November general election. According to the Herald-Leader, both won their races easily. 

The Herald-Leader also reported that in Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Rep. Andy Barr and Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper won their parties’ primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives. They will face off on Nov. 8 for the general election.