UPDATE: 11:42 p.m. EDT -- Democrat Bernie Sanders is the projected winner in the Oregon primary, with NBC News and the Associated Press quickly calling the race for him after the polls closed. The big win for Sanders in the liberal, mostly white state came after the Kentucky primary ended in a tight finish, with the two candidates likely to receive almost the same number of delegates after Clinton declared a victory despite the small margin in her favor. Heading into the election Tuesday, Sanders was expected to win Oregon, while Kentucky was difficult to call because of a lack of polls in the state.
UPDATE: 11:35 p.m. EDT -- Democrat Bernie Sanders told supporters gathered at a mass rally in Carson, California, on Tuesday night that he wouldn't exit the primary contest against Hillary Clinton. He spoke after she was declared the winner in Kentucky in a razor-thin contest and as votes were being counted in Oregon. "We are going to fight for every last vote until June 14, and then we are going to take our fight to the convention," he said.
UPDATE: 11:14 p.m. EDT -- Donald Trump is the projected winner in the Oregon GOP primary, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. He is the last standing Republican in the GOP 2016 contest and the results were announced within minutes after the polls closed.
UPDATE: 11:12 p.m. EDT -- Hillary Clinton's press secretary is celebrating her victory in Kentucky by making jokes at the expense of Bernie Sanders and ordering a stiff drink. Brian Fallon tweeted as the results came in: "Sanders camp raises questions when the sun rises in the east. Kentucky is in Clinton's column." He also wrote: "Bourbon. Neat." before retweeting a picture of a Kentucky race horse.
UPDATE: 11:06 p.m. EDT -- Bernie Sanders campaign manager said the razon-thin election results in Kentucky showed Democratic voters aren't ready to make Hillary Clinton the nominee. Clinton easily won state during the 2008 primary.
“There are a lot of Democrats who are having second thoughts,” Weaver said on CNN. “I don't think the voters are ready for this race to be over.”
UPDATE: 10:57 p.m. EDT -- Hillary Clinton has claimed a victory in Kentucky, even though the Associated Press reports that the vote tally was too close to call. Clinton tweeted late Tuesday: "We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united." NBC News said earlier in the night that Clinton was the likely winner in Kentucky, but news companies have largely avoided calling the tight race. With nearly all the votes counted in Kentucky, there was less than one-half of 1 percent separating Clinton and Sanders.
UPDATE: 10:47 p.m. EDT -- Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has worked out a fundraising deal with the Republican National Committee that will allow individual donors to write checks of up to $449,400, much more than the $2,700 cap on his individual campaign under federal election law. The deal reported by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday night is the latest sign that GOP leaders are gathering behind Trump to try to help him win the November general election despite complaints from some party insiders that his political inexperience and penchant for abrasive remarks is hurting the Republican brand.
Under the agreement, Trump’s campaign and the RNC will accept donations for two joint fundraising committees. Read more here.
UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. EDT -- Alison Lundergan Grimes, secretary of state for the state of Kentucky, told CNN that Hillary Clinton appears to be the unofficial winner of the state's Democratic primary, but stressed that official results will not be final until May 31.
With 99 percent of the vote in, Clinton was leading by fewer than 2,000 votes, but Grimes said that results from remaining districts were unlikely to put Sanders in the lead, at least in Tuesday night's unofficial tally.
A recount remained a possibility because of the closeness of the vote, Grimes said.
UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. EDT — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton made more than $5 million in royalties from her book “Hard Choices” last year and earned about $1.5 million in speaking fees. She picked up all that cash before launching her presidential campaign, adding to her personal wealth valued at $5 million to $25 million, according to her candidate financial disclosure form released Tuesday night.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, also made more than $5 million in speaking fees before joining her on the campaign trail, the documents filed to the Federal Election Commission show. Most of Clinton's wealth is held in a Vanguard 500 Index Fund and a JP Morgan Custody Account, the Associated Press reported.
Clinton's financial disclosure came after Republican Donald Trump said his personal wealth was $10 billion in a statement about his candidate financial disclosure form earlier on Tuesday.
UPDATE: 9:37 p.m. EDT — With 99 percent of the vote in, Hillary Clinton is barely winning the Kentucky Democratic primary with 47.2 percent support. Bernie Sanders has 46.2 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported. That means the race is too close to call.
UPDATE: 8:47 p.m. EDT — With 87 percent of the vote counted, Hillary Clinton has a narrow path to victory in Kentucky over Bernie Sanders. She has 47.1 percent of the vote to his 46.3 percent, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE: 8:36 p.m. EDT — With 62 percent of the vote in, Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Bernie Sanders in the Kentucky Democratic primary. She has 46.7 percent of the vote, against his 46.6 percent support, the Associated Press reported. The race was too close to call.
UPDATE: 8:24 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump said he has never been the victim of bullying, but he conceded that he has attacked others during his much-hyped interview on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Tuesday night.
“When I am wounded, I go after people hard, OK? And I try and ‘un-wound myself,” he said.
But Trump said he had to be confrontational on the campaign trail to win over voters. “I have a very big heart, a lot of people don’t understand that, but people who know me do,” Trump said.
Trump said his "fans" were responsible for sending nasty messages to his foes, including some about Kelly, but he told her, "you've been called a lot worst."
He added that if he doesn't win the 2016 race he will consider it a waste of his time and energy.
UPDATE: 8:11 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump might need to add a disclaimer to his Twitter bio that retweets do not equal endorsements. Trump said during his much-hyped interview on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Tuesday night that he gets in trouble on Twitter when he publishes other people's tweets.
"The thing that gets me in trouble is the retweets," Trump said.
Trump also talked slightly about his family, calling his brother who died from alcoholism, "the most handsome person."
Kelly has tangled with Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, but she seemed to be eager to show a softer side during her interview with Trump. Many users on Twitter who had expected her to confront Trump over his policies and sexist remarks weren't pleased.
UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton should drop out of the presidential race if she doesn’t win Kentucky Tuesday night, Donald Trump tweeted. He hinted that Clinton has had a hard time closing the deal after losing a number of recent primary contests, including West Virginia, to Bernie Sanders. Clinton has so far won more states than Sanders in the Democratic primary.
UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. EDT — With 45 percent of the vote in, Bernie Sanders is ahead in the Kentucky Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton by 47.4 to 45.8 percent support, the Associated Press reported. The race remained too close to call.
UPDATE: 7:28 p.m. EDT — Republican Donald Trump said he would dismantle most of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations put in place after the 2007-2009 financial crisis if he is elected president. Trump told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview published Tuesday that he is worried about a tech startup bubble, he would put economic pressure on China to help rein in North Korea and he is "not a big fan" of the Paris climate accord, which calls for reductions in carbon emissions by more than 170 countries.
Trump provided few details, but said he would release specific policies in two weeks. “Dodd-Frank is a very negative force, which has developed a very bad name," Trump told Reuters.
Democrat Hillary Clinton immediately decried his remarks. "Latest reckless idea from Trump: gut rules on Wall Street, and leave middle-class families out to dry," Clinton said on Twitter.
Read the Reuters interview here.
UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. EDT — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won his primary race for re-election in Kentucky Tuesday night months after dropping out of the 2016 presidential race. Paul was running against Republicans James R. Gould, a Navy veteran from Lexington, and Stephen Howard Slaughter, a chemical engineer from Louisville. The Democratic primary results were not yet known in the Senate race.
Paul said earlier on Tuesday that it was the "patriotic duty'' of Kentuckians to vote against Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton because of her comments about shutting down coal jobs. Clinton said in March she supported clean energy and as a result would put “a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She has since apologized.
UPDATE: 6:42 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump is expected to visit Britain this summer after warring with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister David Cameron over his proposed ban on Muslim travelers. Trump is expected to make the trip after his formal nomination as the Republican candidate, BBC News reported Tuesday.
Cameron has called Trump’s Muslim ban, “divisive, stupid and wrong,” while Khan, who was recently elected to serve as London’s first Muslim mayor, has also urged Trump to reconsider his policies.
"It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship, who knows,” Trump said of Cameron on ITV's "Good Morning Britain" on Monday. Trump also said Khan was “very rude.”
Little is known about Trump’s possible trip. He could visit London while also attending the reopening of his golf course in Scotland in late June, the Guardian reported Tuesday.
UPDATE: 6:23 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump hasn’t talked to Newt Gingrich about being his vice president, Gingrich would like you to know.
"I know nothing about this stuff," Gingrich told Fox News' Neil Cavuto Tuesday, adding that he hadn’t talked to "anybody at the campaign about it."
"You know, I think that that's something — there's only one person who matters, and that's Donald Trump. He will decide — it's the first really big decision that will shape his presidency," Gingrich said. "I think he intends not to decide until some time in July. And I suspect people will get pretty tired speculating about it some time in the next two or three weeks."
Media reports have speculated in recent weeks that Trump is considering Gingrich for his VP pick. Gingrich has said he would be up for the job.
UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump has filed his updated personal financial disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission, claiming an income "in excess of $557 million."
“I filed my PFD, which I am proud to say is the largest in the history of the FEC," Trump said in a statement released Tuesday. "I have built an incredible company and have accumulated one of the greatest portfolios of real estate assets, many of which are considered to be among the finest and most iconic properties in the world. This is the kind of thinking the country needs.”
The statement claims Trump has “a tremendous cash flow and a revenue increase of approximately $190 million dollars (which does not include dividends, interest, capital gains, rents and royalties)."
Trump claims his net worth is in excess of $10 billion, Politico reported.
UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. EDT — Jeb Bush has some words for Donald Trump over his Cinco de Mayo choices. Bush, who was mocked relentlessly by Trump before he exited the 2016 presidential race earlier this year, said Trump shouldn’t have tweeted a picture of him eating a taco bowl to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
“What Trump did was so insensitive,” the former Florida governor told Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the Hill reported Tuesday.
"First, not all Hispanics are Mexican," said Bush, who has refused to vote for Trump in the November general election. "Secondly, not all Hispanics eat tacos. Thirdly, showing your sensitivity by eating an American dish is the most insensitive thing you can do. Fourthly, to say this, next to all things he already said, is a further insult. It’s like eating a watermelon and saying, ‘I love African-Americans.'"
“This guy,” Bush added. “If we lose in November, we Republicans have ourselves to blame.”
UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. EDT — An obituary published this week jokes that a potential general-election matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was the cause of death for a 68-year-old Virginia woman.
"Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God," reads the obit published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Noland died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer. Her husband said her son wrote the obituary's opening line, the Hill reported.
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. EDT — In a potential November match, Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton in Arizona, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. Trump has amassed a slight lead over Clinton in the state, with 45 percent support to her 41 percent. About 15 percent of Republicans in the state said they are undecided, while just 8 percent of Democrats said they wouldn't know how to vote in a Clinton-Trump showdown.
UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. EDT — Worried that Donald Trump is the next Adolf Hitler? Well, hey, his wife says it isn't true, so that should reassure you.
“We know the truth. He’s not Hitler. He wants to help America. He wants to unite people," Melania Trump said in an interview with DuJour magazine published Tuesday. At the same time, Trump added that it is possible her husband "needs to say it in a softer way," particularly after he vowed to ban some Muslims from entering the U.S.
Comedian Louis C.K. and other critics have compared Trump to Hitler since he announced his proposed Muslim travel ban last year.
"He doesn’t go after religions. He feels like we need to know who’s coming to this country. If not, we don’t have a country," she said. "That’s how he feels. We see how he is, and he wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back.”
UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. EDT — After violent threats and protests at the Nevada’s Democratic convention, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called the events a “test of leadership” for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Washington Post reported.
Sanders’s supporters issued threats against Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange and damaged property. Sanders responded to the weekend events Wednesday. He did not apologize for the actions of his supporters.
“It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics,” Sanders said in his statement. “Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ This is nonsense."
Sanders lost the support of a superdelegate in the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday. The delegate shifted to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
UPDATE: 3 p.m. EDT — Following violent protests and death threats at Nevada’s Democratic convention over the weekend, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) issued a statement Tuesday calling the situation “troubling.”
“We are deeply concerned about the troubling details laid out in the letter from the Nevada Democratic Party. We will be reaching out to the leadership of both of our campaigns to ask them to stand with the Democratic Party in denouncing and taking steps to prevent the type of behavior on display over the weekend in Las Vegas,” said a statement from DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Our democracy is undermined any time threats, intimidation, physical violence or damage to property are present. If there are legitimate concerns, they must be addressed in an orderly, civil and peaceful manner.”
Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange received death threats against her and her family. The threats were allegedly sent by supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received more delegates after the Nevada convention.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. EDT — As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton eyes the November general election, a super PAC that backs her announced a $96 million television ad buy.
The ad buys through Priorities USA Action will focus on battleground states, including Florida and Ohio, ABC News reported Tuesday. Priorities USA Action released two ads Monday evening targeting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. One of the ads addressed Trump’s controversial past statements regarding women. He hit back at the ad Tuesday in a series of tweets.
While Priorities USA Action is expected to spend close to $46 million in Ohio and Florida, the super PAC also has its eye on Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and Virginia.
UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. EDT — Officials in Klamath County, Oregon, reported that a ballot box was stolen and ballots were thrown into a dumpster. Voters across the state are dropping off their ballots in the state’s elections Tuesday.
Klamath County sheriffs were investigating the incident, which involved approximately 240 ballots, the Bend Bulletin reported. Stealing ballots is a felony offense.
“The State Elections Division has advised that the recovered ballots can be processed and counted,” the county clerk's office said.
Voters in Klamath County are voting on whether or not to overturn a ban on marijuana dispensaries and for a Senate district seat, the Bulletin reported.
Officials believe the ballot theft that took place over the weekend was an isolated incident, local station KTVL reported. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. local time in the state’s Republican and Democratic primaries.
UPDATE: 1:37 p.m. EDT — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan responded to a poll Tuesday that found more voters trusted Donald Trump to lead the Republican Party than him.
“I hope it’s Donald Trump. He’s getting the nomination,” Ryan said at a news conference, the Hill reported. Fifty-eight percent of people polled said they trusted Trump over Ryan who had 39 percent support in the poll.
The NBC News/Survey Monkey weekly election-tracking poll showed that 58 percent of those surveyed trusted Trump over Ryan, who had 39 percent support in the poll. The poll was conducted from May 9 to 15 and surveyed 14,100 people online with a 1.2 percentage point margin of error.
Ryan refused to comment on a New York Times story detailing Trump’s inappropriate professional and personal interactions with women.
“Don’t get into the habit of thinking I’m going to comment on what’s up, what’s down and what article is here and what article is there,” Ryan said. “I’m focused on policies and principles and unifying our party.”
Ryan has yet to publicly endorse Trump for the presidency.
UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. EDT — Voters in Kentucky were heading to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballot in the state’s closed Democratic primary. Voter turnout has been described as “light” by the Lexington Herald Leader.
Kentucky has 55 delegates and five super delegates at stake on the Democratic side. Polls in Kentucky close at 6 p.m. local time.
UPDATE: 12:35 p.m. EDT — As voters cast ballots in Oregon and Kentucky Tuesday , presidential candidates have their eyes set on the next big delegate prize: California.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading to the Golden State Tuesday hoping to sway voters ahead of the June 7 vote. He will hold a rally in southern California at California State University at Dominguez Hills. Sanders will then move north, speaking in San Jose and Vallejo on Wednesday. Sanders has called on Clinton to participate in a debate in California.
With 546 delegates at stake, both Clinton and Sanders have swung through California. Former President Bill Clinton will speak at a fundraiser — where tickets start at $500 a piece — for his wife’s presidential bid Monday in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reported. Clinton has raised more than $30 million in California.
Clinton has received the backing of 35 members of California’s House of Representatives as well as both of the state’s senators, the Los Angeles Times reported. A notable exception is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has not yet endorsed a candidate.
UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump is likely to pick up more delegates Tuesday in the Oregon primary. As Democratic contenders former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders battle it out, Trump’s campaign is focused on scaling up its nationwide efforts.
The Trump campaign is working to target 15 states, including traditionally Democratic ones like Maine and Minnesota, and eyeing the November general election, the Associated Press reported.
The staff expansion will include installing state directors by the end of May, as the Trump campaign looks to target states that have not voted Republican in recent years. The new expansion will be paid for partly through the Republican Party’s building fund, where individual donors can contribute more than $100,000.
“Up until three weeks ago, there were 102 or 103 employees, which is fewer than Ben Carson had in January,” said Barry Bennett, a Trump aide who spoke with the AP. “Today, that number is much bigger, and it's growing every day.”
UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. EDT — Who will be America’s next vice president? Well if you ask Democratic voters, they would like to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the same ticket.
A poll from Rasmussen Reports released Tuesday found that despite the ongoing delegate battle between Clinton and Sanders, 36 percent of likely Democratic voters think Sanders should be Clinton’s vice presidential running mate. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in second place with 19 percent support, followed by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro with 10 percent support. Former presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had only 2 percent support.
On the Republican side, likely voters gave former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich 16 percent support followed by former presidential candidate Ben Carson with 14 percent support and former presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 8 percent backing.
The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters from May 11 to 12 and has a three percentage point margin of error.
More than 75 percent of likely voters said a candidate’s vice presidential pick was an important factor in how they would vote in November.
UPDATE: 11:10 a.m. EDT — While some Republican strategists are evaluating the party’s options to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump before the July convention in Cleveland, other voters have started to rally around the New York businessman.
A poll released Tuesday shows that more voters trust Trump to lead the Republican Party than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Fifty-eight percent of people polled said they trusted Trump compared to Ryan, who had 39 percent support in the poll.
The results come from an NBC News/Survey Monkey weekly tracking poll that was conducted from May 9-15 and surveyed 14,100 people online with a 1.2 percentage point margin of error.
Ryan dispelled rumors that he would run for the presidency in April.
“I want to put this to rest once and for all,” Ryan said, speaking at a press conference at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We have too much work to do in the House to allow this speculation to swirl…Let me be clear, I do not want nor will I accept the nomination of our party.”
Trump and Ryan met last week, but Ryan has yet to endorse the New York businessman’s presidential run.
UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. EDT — As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders looks to pick up more delegates in Kentucky and Oregon Tuesday, his campaign has promised he will do everything he can to stop presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“He will work seven days a week, night and day, to make sure Donald Trump is not president, and I’m confident that he will do that,” said Jeff Weaver, Sander’s campaign manager, while speaking with CNN. “Bernie Sanders, as you know, is a very effective campaigner on the stump.”
Weaver said Sanders would continue pushing his message that a Trump presidency would hurt the country’s working class.
Trump has continued probing Sanders over Twitter suggestions that the Vermont politician run as an independent candidate. In an average of polls conducted by Real Clear Politics stacking Sanders against Trump in a general election, Sanders had a 13-point lead on the New York businessman.
UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. EDT — Polls have opened on the west coast in the Oregon Republican and Democratic primaries Tuesday.
In the Beaver State, voters are expected to cast over 1 million votes. If that mark is met, it would be only the second time in Oregon history that the million mark is surpassed, reported the Oregonian. Oregon has a record turnout of 1.17 million voters in 2008.
More than 100,000 ballots were received by mail over the weekend, said Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins in a statement Monday. That brings Oregon’s voter tally to 673,000 so far marking over 29 percent turnout. For voters who have not mailed in their ballots, they will be able to drop them off at election offices until 8 p.m. local time.
“Many people still wait until Election Day to turn in their ballot. That’s okay,” Atkins said. “Just make sure and have a plan to get your ballot in and have your voice heard in this historic election.”
UPDATE: 9:55 a.m. EDT — Despite light rain fall and a forecast predicting widespread showers and scattered showers across Kentucky Tuesday, voters are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the state’s closed Democratic primary.
Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Grimes has said she expects to see voter turnout hit around 20 percent.
While attention is focused on the presidential race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, voters in Kentucky will also be casting ballots for seats in the U.S. House, Senate and state house.
UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. EDT — While presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wants an apology from the New York Times over its weekend story “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private”, a representative of the Trump Organization said Tuesday they were unlikely to sue the newspaper.
“Look, it’s a very high bard. I don’t think that this is going to end up in litigation,” said Michael Cohen, an executive vice president for the Trump Organization, who spoke with CNN.
Lawyers for the Trump Organization had suggested Monday they would sue over the story that portrayed Trump’s interactions with women in an unflattering light. Cohen said the New York Times should issue a retraction and apologize to both Trump and Rowanne Brewer Lane, a former model who once dated Trump, was interviewed in the story and has since said her statements were mischaracterized.
Trump went after the New York Times Monday in a series of tweets. He regularly targets media outlets on Twitter and has had a love-hate relationship with different outlets and reporters. One of those reporters, Fox’s Megyn Kelly, seemingly reconciled with Trump. Her interview with him is scheduled to air Tuesday evening.
UPDATE: 9:10 a.m. EDT — Polls have opened in the Kentucky primary Tuesday as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton eye the state’s 60 delegates.
Approximately 20 percent voter turnout is expected in the Bluegrass State, the Lexington Herald Leader reported. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump won the state’s caucus, which was held March 5.
During the last presidential primary, approximately 13 percent of Kentucky voters cast ballots.
Polls close in Kentucky at 6 p.m. local time.
UPDATE: 8:50 a.m. EDT — As New York businessman Donald Trump eyes the Republican nomination, he is trying to increase his foreign policy chops and has scheduled a meeting Wednesday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Sources told the Washington Post the two were scheduled for a an in-person meeting after weeks of speaking on the phone. Kissinger remains a key Republican Party authority on foreign affairs, especially on the U.S.’s relationship with China. Other Republican candidates and vice presidential nominees have met with Kissinger in the past. Trump delivered his foreign policy speech last month in Washington, D.C., declaring he would act in America’s interests first.
UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. EDT — Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump called former President Bill Clinton the “worst abuser” of women in American politics, issuing a series of tweets Tuesday morning.
Trump attacked an advertisement tweeting that it the final line was not about women but about China.
Trump has been on the offensive since a New York Times article was published Saturday, detailing his professional and personal interactions over his career. The article described “unwelcome advances … and unsettling workplace conduct over decades.”
A former model who once dated Trump, Rowanne Brewer Lane, said Monday her remarks were spun to appear negative. “I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump,” she told Fox News. She said she supports Trump’s candidacy.
The latest polls show Clinton’s margin of support against Trump narrowing in a general election. Clinton continues to lead Trump by a 3-point margin, according to an NBC News/Survey Monkey weekly tracking poll that was conducted online with 14,100 people from May 9 to May 15. Clinton maintains a significant advantage, with a 15-point bump against Trump when it comes women voters.
UPDATE: 8:10 a.m. EDT — As both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders keep a close eye on primaries in Oregon and Kentucky Tuesday, Sanders took his political and economic message to Puerto Rico.
In a speech late Monday, Sanders zeroed in on Wall Street “greed” and assured voters in Puerto that they would have an “ally” in the Oval Office if he is elected. Puerto Rico votes in a Democratic primary on June 5 but does not participate in the November general election.
Puerto Rico has missed a series of bond payments and defaulted on its debt.
Voters in Kentucky and Oregon are heading to the polls Tuesday in the next round of presidential primaries. While Republican businessman Donald Trump has assumed the mantle of presumptive nominee, on the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hoping to gain more delegates to further distance herself from rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky has 60 delegates up for grabs, while Oregon offers 74. On the Republican side, there are 28 delegates for the taking in Oregon, with Trump expected to win. While Tuesday’s races do not offer enough delegates to clinch a party nomination, they could give candidates momentum heading into the next big set of primaries in early June.
Both Clinton and Sanders have made stops in Kentucky in recent days. The Kentucky primary is closed, meaning only registered Democrats can vote. Sanders has gained support from independent voters in open primary races in recent months, and while polling in Kentucky has been limited, a Public Policy Polling survey in March gave Clinton the edge.
Both Democratic candidates have painted themselves in opposition to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a tea party darling elected in November, who has been critical of the Obama administration.
Sanders said in Bowling Green on Sunday: “Let me begin by making a very short statement so the people of Kentucky will understand what kind of president I will be. And that is, I understand your new governor, Gov. Bevin, is busy cutting healthcare and cutting education the Washington Post. “So if you can imagine the kind of governor Gov. Bevin is, think about Bernie Sanders as a president doing exactly the opposite.”
The mail-in Democratic primary in Oregon is also a closed race. Clinton holds a 15-point lead over Sanders in the state, with 48 percent support, compared with 33 percent, according to a poll conducted for OPB and KPTV. The poll surveyed 901 likely Oregon voters May 6-9 and had a 5.6 percentage point margin of error.
Oregon has seen a surge in voter registration, with a total of 2,293,959 new voters, the Oregonian reported. Ballots must be mailed in or dropped off at locations by 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday.Clinton leads the delegate count with 2,240, compared with Sanders at 1,473, according to a count by the Associated Press. To gain the nomination, 2,383 delegates are needed.
On the Republican side, Trump leads the delegate count with 1,134. The presumptive nominee is, however, still short of the 1,237 needed to clinch the party’s nomination.
Next up on the calendar is the Republican primary in Washington on May 24. But candidates have already turned their attention to California’s primary June 7, with 546 delegates on the Democratic side and 172 on the Republican side at stake. It will be a major voting day with races also taking place in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.