May 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Sanders, Trump win West Virginia

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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on May 10, 2016, won West Virginia’s Democratic and Republican primaries respectively. (Photo by David Wilson; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on Tuesday won their party’s respective primaries in West Virginia.

Initial results indicate Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the state’s Democratic primary by a 51-36 percent margin.

Sanders won 16 of West Virginia’s 29 delegates, compared to the 11 that Clinton earned. The former Secretary of State remains ahead of the U.S. senator from Vermont in the amount of total delegates.

Trump won the West Virginia Republican primary with 76 percent of the vote.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suspended their respective campaigns last week after disappointing finishes in Indiana’s Republican primary. Trump’s victory in the West Virginia is the first time he won a contest as the GOP’s presumptive nominee.

“We just got word that we won our 19th state, taking the majority of the delegates in today’s primary in West Virginia,” Sanders on Tuesday told his supporters in an email.

“Every vote we earn and every delegate we secure sends an unmistakable message about the values we share, the country’s support for the ideas of our campaign, and a rejection of Donald Trump and his values,” he added.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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