Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., May 16, 2016.
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Hillary Clinton is apparent winner of Kentucky primary


Hillary Clinton is the apparent winner of the Kentucky Democratic primary Tuesday night, NBC News projects.

The win — which seems like it will be by the narrowest of margins, perhaps just a few thousand votes — will blunt rival Sen. Bernie Sanders primary winning streak by winning Tuesday’s nominating contest in Kentucky.

Clinton had no plans to make a speech, but her press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted a simple but cheeky message after the win:

After the results came in, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said, “Essentially a tie in a state they dominated last time. And Oregon is yet to come.”

When polls closed in Oregon at 11 p.m. ET, Donald Trump was quickly projected to be the winner, since he had no real competition.

The Democratic side was still too early to call.

With the nominating season nearing an end, Clinton entered Tuesday’s contest needing to secure 140 total delegates to reach the 2,383 needed to clinch the nomination.

Clinton held a 282 pledged delegate lead over Sanders before Tuesday and needed just 34 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to reach that number.

But Sanders had been on a winning streak of late, having won the past two Democratic contests, giving his campaign momentum despite the nearly impossible to overcome delegate gap heading into the final big primary day June 7.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump is expected to get closer to clinching the GOP presidential nomination once polls close in Oregon later Tuesday night.

Apparent winner” means NBC News has tallied enough votes to indicate that a candidate has won the race, but the results may well depend upon a potential recount or final official tallies.

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