The Daily Caller Election Desk can now project that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic primary in his home state, easily besting Hillary Clinton.
[dcquiz] Polling leading up to Super Tuesday showed Sanders with a dominant lead in the state, and his decisive victory leaves him with a majority share of Vermont’s 16 delegates. With 35 percent of the vote reported, Sen. Sanders has 87 percent of the vote, with Clinton gaining a little over 12 percent.
The senator admitted early Tuesday that he voted for himself: “After a lot of deliberation, I know that Bernie Sanders here in Vermont got at least one vote.”
The most recent poll before the election had Sanders leading with 83 percent support, over Clinton’s 9 percent.
The victory raises fresh questions about Hillary’s ability to win over white voters — Vermont is nearly 97 percent white.
Reached Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the Sanders campaign sounded cautiously optimistic: “You guys are projecting a victory before polls close? Yeah, I don’t have a comment on that.”
This report has been updated.