Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Heritage Hall in Lexington, Ky. on May 4, 2016.
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Sanders requests recanvassing in Kentucky primary contest

Bernie Sanders’ campaign has requested a recanvassing in the Kentucky presidential primary, NBC News confirms.

A recanvassing is essentially a review of the total votes as originally tabulated, not a full recount, which would include a full examination of ballots and voting machines.

After the original tally of votes after last Tuesday’s Kentucky primary, Hillary Clinton led with 212,550 votes compared to Sanders’ 210,626 votes. NBC News projected Clinton to be the apparent winner in the contest last week.

But because the state allocates its delegates proportionally, Sanders would likely only stand to gain one pledged delegate even if the ultimate winner of the contest is amended after the recanvassing.

Clinton leads Sanders in the contest for pledged delegates, 1771 to 1491. When superdelegates — unbound elected officials — are included in that count, Clinton needs to win only nine percent of the delegates in the remaining primary contests to amass a majority and clinch the Democratic nomination.

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Sanders requests recanvassing in Kentucky primary contest