While most experts weren’t predicting a very fun evening for Bernie Sanders, Oklahoma was a state where he had actually polled ahead of Hillary Clinton in a recent poll, and polling expert Nate Silver only gave the former Secretary of State a 51 percent chance of winning. Meaning that, statistically speaking, the state was a “push” and it was a place where Sanders felt he could get a much-needed win.
That’s exactly what happened as Bernie Sanders has won Oklahoma.
Demographically speaking, the state favored Sanders more than many of the other Super Tuesday states (most liberals there are white), which gave Sanders a great chance at winning a state he really needed to win.
So, what does this mean?
Well, this was a key win for the Sanders campaign on a night that wasn’t expected to be all that great for them. While Oklahoma only has 38 delegates, Sanders desperately needed an actual “win,” not just a moral victory. Because up until this point, aside from his home state, the only state he had won was New Hampshire.
This still makes Colorado and Minnesota must-win states for Sanders. With losses mounting, he desperately needs to take a few more states tonight.
For Clinton, this wasn’t overly shocking. She’s going to come out of tonight with plenty of big wins so her campaign isn’t expected to take much of a hit by losing Oklahoma.
With results pouring in every minute, Super Tuesday is definitely living up to its name.
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