It looks as though a last-minute surge thanks to the residents of Jefferson County handed Hillary Clinton a win in Kentucky, although Bernie Sanders seemed to hold on to a slim lead most of the night.
NBC calls Kentucky for Clinton as “apparent winner."
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) May 18, 2016
MSNBC gets the graphics and music going. @HillaryClinton is the apparent winner in KY
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) May 18, 2016
So instead of calling a state MSNBC has established the brand new "Apparent Winner" category
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 18, 2016
“apparent winner” is not a thing, @chucktodd
win or win not
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) May 18, 2016
Just how close was this horserace? At one point well into the ballot count the margin was a mere three votes.
Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders in Kentucky by….. THREE votes. pic.twitter.com/6mXpGnccBF
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) May 18, 2016
There’s a lesson here, and that is that no matter what people say, every vote really does count.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 18, 2016
A win for Sanders would have been nice for the sake of momentum, and given him some good news to pass along at his rally tonight, but this game is all about delegates.
NBC calls narrow win for Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, a victory high on symbolism and low on delegate impact.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 18, 2016
AP still labeling the Kentucky race too close to call; in terms of delegates, it really doesn't matter
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) May 18, 2016
@howardkurtz voting doesn’t matter at all on the democrat side.
— Brad Johnson (@brad_dallas) May 18, 2016
This looks like a job for… SUPERDELEGATE!https://t.co/DXWgDAQQdj
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 18, 2016
It's exciting and all, this Kentucky nail biter. But utterly meaningless. If they split the delegates, @BernieSanders has made up no ground
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) May 18, 2016
In delegate terms, KY win/loss doesn’t matter much. But Clinton broke Sanders’s “racking up wins” narrative heading into June.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 18, 2016
Mostly bragging rights, though. If Hillary wins KY, she probably ends up with ONE more delegate than Bernie
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) May 18, 2016
AP reporting 12 pledged delegates each.
Meaning Bernie got nowhere.
— Gus Establishment™ (@Gus_802) May 18, 2016
It's not over. Bernie could still win. He just needs to get 137,589,737% of the remaining delegates.
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) May 18, 2016
Let's be real: we're all freaking losers. This KY stuff is all about one or two delegates, and the nomination fight is, in reality, over.
— Harry Enten (@ForecasterEnten) May 18, 2016
Clinton must have learned by now not to brag too much.
So w race all but over, the almost certain D nominee wins Kentucky by a half a point in a closed primary – and that's good news for her?
— David Frum (@davidfrum) May 18, 2016
And in news that should surprise no one:
— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2016
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 18, 2016