Sanders wins caucuses in Idaho, Utah


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SAN DIEGO — All along, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has promised his fortunes would change when the Democratic contest moved West, and he easily won the Idaho and Utah caucuses Tuesday night.

Sanders, who spoke to more than 10,000 supporters Tuesday night at the San Diego Convention Center, was scheduled to discuss his victories Wednesday morning at around 8:30 a.m. at a news conference at the Kona Kai Hotel on Shelter Island.

WATCH LIVE: Bernie Sanders discusses his victories at the Idaho and Utah Democratic caucuses at 9 a.m.

Next up: A trifecta of Saturday caucuses that Sanders could sweep: Washington state, Alaska and Hawaii, where Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been one of Sanders’ highest-profile surrogates. That caucuses tend to favor parties’ activist elements is something that should give him a leg up — just like Utah and Idaho.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told CNN he expects the race to tighten overnight as more votes are tallied — particularly from precincts with hours-long waits.

“I’m not predicting victory, but I’m not predicting defeat, either,” he said.

He said the campaign has mapped out a path to the nomination that doesn’t require him to run the table in the remaining states.

“We have a path to victory. It’s not an easy path, but it never has been an easy path,” Weaver said.

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