Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton critiques Sanders fans in leaked audio Ben & Jerry's co-founder declined to endorse Clinton: report Trump defends his 3 a.m. tweetstorm MORE is projected to win the Washington state caucuses.
The win is a huge boost for the Vermont senator as he seeks to regain momentum in the primary and tighten rival Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton mocks Trump with her own 3 a.m. tweetstorm Clinton’s strategy: Get under Trump’s skin Clinton critiques Sanders fans in leaked audio MORE's delegate lead.
Sanders will take the majority of Washington's 101 pledged delegates. With 30 percent of the vote in, the AP reports that Sanders leads Clinton by about 53 percentage points.
The win will help him make a dent in Clinton's delegate lead. Entering Saturday, Clinton had 1,223 pledged delegates, with Sanders at 946 delegates.
He made a strong play for the state, holding several rallies leading up to the caucuses.
Clinton had earned endorsements from both of the state's Democratic senators, Patty MurrayPatty MurrayElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Congress approves .1B in Zika funds Lawmakers pledge push for cures bill in lame-duck MORE and Maria CantwellMaria CantwellUS wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel Overnight Energy: Lawmakers kick off energy bill talks MORE.
Sanders has conceded that Clinton overwhelmingly defeated him in the South but said he’d perform better in West Coast contests.
Sanders won the Alaska caucuses earlier in the day. Hawaii also will cast votes on Saturday.