Sanders wins Democratic Senate nomination in Vermont

Sanders wins Democratic Senate nomination in Vermont
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersO'Rourke faces pressure from left on 'Medicare for all' O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail O'Rourke not planning, but not ruling out big fundraisers MORE (I-Vt.) shut out Folasade Adeluola in Vermont's Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday as he seeks a third term in office.

With 10 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race, showing Sanders carrying 94 percent of the vote. It was not immediately clear which Republican he will face in the general election in November.

Sanders's win does not come as a surprise. The self-described democratic socialist won reelection in 2012 with about 71 percent of the vote. Before that, in 2006, he carried about 65 percent of the vote.

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While Sanders won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, he's widely expected to reject it. Doing so has become a regular move for the notably independent senator over the years.

He joined the Democratic Party in 2016 so that he could run in the New Hampshire presidential primary, but quickly dropped the membership after the contest. 

Sanders eventually dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE as the Democratic nominee. But he's maintained a high profile since then, doling out candidate endorsements and stumping for fellow progressives throughout the 2018 cycle.

Last Tuesday, only one of Sanders's endorsed candidates was successful in their respective primary elections. Democrat Abdul El-Sayed lost the Michigan gubernatorial primary and Brent Welder lost a House primary in Kansas, while fellow Kansan James Thompson secured a spot on the November ballot.  

Sanders's involvement in the midterms has fueled speculation that he could be eyeing another presidential bid in 2020.