Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the closed Democratic caucus in Colorado on Super Tuesday.
With 59 percent of the vote and 33 delegates, Sanders won out over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who brought in 40 percent of the vote and 34 delegates, following thousands of straw polls conducted in precincts across the state in which only registered Democratic Party members were allowed to vote.
At Democratic caucuses, preference polls are held which indicate delegates’ preferred candidates, though no official winner is picked immediately, unlike in other states. With the results in, Clinton counts as the unofficial winner of Colorado. Delegates at the precinct level will soon select delegates to a statewide convention, where the delegates will be finalized for the actual Democratic Party nominating convention, which officially takes place this summer.
A poll conducted by TargetPoint for the Washington Free Beacon found 49 percent of likely Democratic voters sided with Sanders over Clinton, who only scored 44 percent support in the poll. A total of 9 percent were undecided. The Feb. 16-17 poll included 1,144 likely Democratic voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points.
Colorado is hugely important because it serves as a swing state. During the last presidential election in 2012, Barack Obama scored 51 percent over Mitt Romney, who received 46 percent. The demographics of registered Democrats in Colorado favored Clinton from the start.
The Republican Party will allow delegates to place their support behind a candidate at a later date, as the party canceled its candidate preference poll in August.
Polls closed at 9:00 p.m. Colorado has 78 delegates, 12 of which are superdelegates.
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