Bernie Sanders won his 19th state by winning West Virginia's Democratic primary today.
Today, Vice President Joe Biden said he believed Clinton will eventually win the Democratic Party's nomination. Yet, Sanders remains a thorn in Hillary Clinton's side.
Sanders' brand of populism, socialism, and likeability, have stymied Clinton from clinching the nomination.
Early this week, Donald Trump, who is now the lone candidate for the long-fought GOP nomination, teased Clinton's inability to shake Sanders from the race.
In an email to supporters after winning West Virginia, Sanders acknowledged his uphill climb to win the nomination but reminded his supporters that his entire race has been uphill.
Sanders expects to stay in the race, framing his win against Donald Trump, not Clinton. "There is nothing I would like more than to take on and defeat Donald Trump," Sanders wrote. "Someone who must never become president of this country. But I believe that it is not enough to just reject Trump – this is an opportunity to define a progressive vision for America."
In three polls today, Sanders leads Clinton as the candidate voters believe who could beat Trump. In the NBC News weekly poll, Sanders would beat Trump: 53 to 40. Clinton would also beat Trump by a smaller margin: 44 to 49.
Next week, Sanders and Clinton face-off in Oregon and Kentucky. Sanders leads Clinton in Oregon, where a bird landed on his podium during a stadium speech in Portland. He and Clinton were polling close in Kentucky but after winning West Virginia, Sanders' chances in Appalachia may increase.
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