[Oklahoma City, OK, March 2, 2016] Yesterday, voters in Oklahoma’s Democratic Presidential Primary went to the polls and favored Senator Bernie Sanders over Secretary Hillary Clinton by a vote of 52-percent to 42-percent respectively; the remaining five Democratic candidates, including Martin O’Malley, received six percent of votes cast collectively. Based on unofficial results, Sanders will tentatively gain 21 delegates while Clinton receives 17. The four Oklahoma superdelegates are not included in those numbers. This was the first time that voters registered as Independent were allowed to vote in the Democratic primary.

“We wish to congratulate Senator Sanders on his hard fought victory in the Oklahoma Primary. The Sanders team made a tremendous effort here and the results of last nights election clearly show that. We want to thank both Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton for their visits to our great state and on running campaigns based on the issues facing Oklahomans of all backgrounds and not on the fear-mongering, name-calling, and hateful rhetoric that’s been put forth by the Republican candidates,” said Mark Hammons, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman.

“We are proud of the work done by both candidates to help energize our base and reignite passion within our party. We look forward to joining Democrats from around the country this July in Philadelphia to select our nominee to be the next President of the United States and we want to thank the many supporters and volunteers across the state who put in so much effort for this election,” said Hammons.