It's not often that presidential primaries in late May get primetime attention, but on both sides of the aisle, this year's races have turned into marathons. On the Republican side, Donald Trump has remained the presumptive nominee after a long and somewhat unexpected winning streak. On the Democratic side, the early frontrunner has also slowly but surely inched her way to a lead of her own, as Hillary Clinton won at least 24 delegates in Oregon in the Tuesday, May 17 primary. Update: The New York Times reports that Clinton won 24 delegates in Oregon.
Earlier: To be fair, Clinton solidified her lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders long before Tuesday's Democratic primary in Oregon. Heading into that contest, Clinton led Sanders by nearly 300 pledged delegates, as she was well on her way to the 2,383 delegates needed to secure her party's nomination. Although she didn't win Oregon's primary outright, her campaign still managed to leave the state with more pledged delegates in tow — and at this late in the game, every delegate really does count.
All in all, Oregon had 61 Democratic delegates up for grabs in Tuesday's primary. Because the Democratic Party favors proportional allocation of delegates, Clinton was able to garner delegates based on the amount of the vote she received in different congressional districts across the state. In addition to these pledged delegates, Oregon is also expected to have a potential 13 superdelegates at this summer's nominating convention. Clinton has appeared to do much better with superdelegates than Sanders, but it's always possible for the unbound superdelegates to change their loyalties ahead of the convention.
Oregon wasn’t the only primary for Democratic candidates to be concerned with on May 17. Kentucky's primary remained too close to call for hours after the polls closed, and with 99 percent of the vote tabulated, it looked like Clinton and Sanders would basically split the delegates. Ultimately, Clinton didn't necessarily widen the gap between her and Sanders on Tuesday, but she didn't let it close too much either.
Next, the Democratic race will turn tropical, as the candidates face off in the the Puerto Rico caucus on June 5. With fewer than 1,000 pledged delegates on the table, Clinton and Sanders will look to scoop up every last delegate that they can get in the remaining contests. The biggest test will come on June 7, though, when the California primary takes place, dishing out a whopping 546 delegates in the process.