Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders easily won nominating contests in Alaska and Washington 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 - Hawaii also was holding a contest - 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.
"That is what momentum is about!" he told a crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, after learning the results from Washington mid-rally.
Sanders has energized the party's liberal base and young voters with his calls to rein in Wall Street and fight income inequality, a message that played well in liberal Washington and the other Western states. Sanders won in Utah and Idaho earlier this week.
All three contests on Saturday were caucuses, a format that has favored Sanders because it requires more commitment from voters, and were in states with fewer of the black and Hispanic voters who have helped fuel Clinton's lead.
The Democratic race now moves to contests in Wisconsin on April 5 and in New York on April 19.