Clinton is apparent winner in Kentucky primary; Trump and Sanders projected in Oregon

FILE - In this May 15, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign stop in Louisville, Ky. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton sought to avoid primary losses in Kentucky and Oregon on Tuesday, aiming to blunt the momentum of challenger Bernie Sanders ahead of a likely general election matchup against Republican Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP/WCMH) —Hillary Clinton is the apparent winner of the Kentucky Democratic primary Tuesday night, NBC News projects.

The win — which seems like it will be by the narrowest of margins, perhaps just a few thousand votes — will blunt rival Sen. Bernie Sanders primary winning streak by winning Tuesday’s nominating contest in Kentucky.

Sanders and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump are projected to win in Oregon.

Clinton entered Tuesday’s primaries with a commanding lead of nearly 300 pledged delegates over Sanders and a dominant advantage among party officials and elected leaders called superdelegates. She remains on track to clinch the nomination against the Vermont senator in early June but is trying to avoid a trail of primary defeats that could expose weaknesses before she takes on Trump.

Nearing the end of a long primary slog, the two Democratic candidates are preparing for June 7 primaries in California, the nation’s largest state, New Jersey and four other states. When pledged delegates and superdelegates are combined, Clinton is about 94 percent of the way toward securing the Democratic nomination and is expected to lock it down by June 7.

Sanders has vowed to campaign through the end of the primary season on June 14 in the District of Columbia and amass as many delegates as possible to influence the party’s platform and message. He is still aiming to wrestle the nomination from Clinton even though he would need to win about two-thirds of the remaining pledged delegates to end the primary season in a tie.

The Vermont senator campaigned Monday and Tuesday in Puerto Rico, which holds its contest on June 5, and was holding a rally in the Los Angeles area late Tuesday.

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