Democrats Fight, Trump Tweets

Every major candidate left in the 2016 race can claim bragging rights after Tuesday’s primary contests in Kentucky and Oregon. Clinton pulled out a win in Kentucky after a nail-biter of a race, while Sanders won Oregon. In what should come as a surprising to no one, Donald Trump won in Oregon as well.

Our politics team followed the contests here. My final take:

Beyond the immediate results, what’s striking is how contentious the Democratic primary has become at this late stage. Over the weekend, Sanders supporters at Nevada’s state Democratic convention protested, claiming party elites had tipped the scales in Clinton’s favor. The senator’s fans started to harass and violently threaten the state Democratic chairwoman. At least some Democrats are worried about the potential for a serious rift in the party.

The challenge for Democrats, and particularly for Clinton, is to find out how to preserve unity as the primary drags on. One question is whether the kind of hostility seen in Nevada will play out at the national convention this summer. “There’s not going to be any violence in Philadelphia,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told CNN on Tuesday. “Whoever the ultimate nominee is we want to unify the party … so that we can all go out and defeat Donald Trump in the fall. I don’t think there’s any question about that. What happened in Nevada, I think, is an aberration.” That likely won’t be enough to quell fears among Democrats who are concerned that unity will be difficult to achieve.

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