Democrat Bernie Sanders wins Alaska, continues on for sweep of West

March 27, 2016 01:28

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders won a nominating contest in Alaska on Saturday, chipping away at Hillary Clinton's lead in the race to pick the party's candidate for the White House.

Sanders was aiming for a sweep of three Western states - Washington and Hawaii also are holding contests - that would generate more momentum in his bid to overtake Clinton and help stave off calls from Democratic leaders that he should wrap up his bid in the name of party unity.

Sanders has repeatedly said he is staying in the race until the convention, pointing to the big crowds at his rallies and his impressive fundraising figures as proof of his viability.

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