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Bernie Sanders adds more delegates, but chances of winning are still slim to none

Bernie Sanders has cut into Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, taking 31 more delegates, according to new data from Washington state. The Vermont senator’s chances of winning the nomination have not, however, improved.

Sanders won Washington’s caucus on 26 March, taking 25 of the 34 delegates awarded that day. An additional 67 district-level delegates could not be divided up until the state party released vote data broken down by congressional district.

District-level data provided on Saturday to the Associated Press showed that Sanders will pick up 49 of those delegates, while Clinton will receive 18.

The party’s delay in releasing the data had generated some debate on social media, with Sanders supporters questioning why he had not received more delegates in a state he won easily. The party said it had a multistep process for awarding delegates and could not immediately generate the more detailed information.

Even with the additional delegates for Sanders, his mathematical chances of winning the nomination have not improved.

Based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton now has 1,702 delegates while Sanders has 1,411 – or a lead of 291 delegates, according to the AP count.

If he hopes to overtake her based on just those primary and caucus delegates, he still must win 66% of the remaining delegates – a figure basically unchanged.

Clinton’s lead is bigger when including superdelegates – party officials who can support any candidate. She now has a total of 2,224 delegates, or 93% of the 2,383 delegates needed to win. Sanders has 1,450. Clinton remains on track to clinch the nomination early next month.