Bernie Sanders wins Democratic presidential caucuses in Maine

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, leaves a rally at Grand Valley State University Field House Arena, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Allendale, Mich. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential caucuses in Maine, beating rival Hillary Clinton for his eighth win in the nomination process.

Prior to the contest in Maine, Clinton had at least 1,123 delegates to Sanders' 484, including superdelegates - members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.

Bernie Sanders' win in Maine will give him more delegates than Hillary Clinton for the night. But it won't have much impact on Clinton's substantial lead overall.

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With 25 Maine delegates at stake, Sanders is assured of winning at least 14 while Clinton stands to gain at least six.

He can now lay claim to winning eight of the 19 states that voted in primaries or caucuses to date, having prevailed in Maine, Kansas and Nebraska over the weekend.

But Sanders is making little headway in delegates after Clinton's large margin of victory in Louisiana on Saturday.

For the weekend, out of 134 delegates at stake, Sanders will win at least 66 and Clinton at least 63. Five delegates remain to be allocated in Maine.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won in Maine's Republican caucuses on Saturday.

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