- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alask (AP) - The Latest on the Alaska Democratic party caucuses for president (all times local):

1:51 p.m.

Shannon McDermott, a 25-year-old Inupiat Eskimo from Anchorage, said she supported Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s election because he has made tribes across the country a priority of his campaign.

Sanders easily defeated Hillary Clinton in Alaska’s Democratic Caucuses.

McDermott said she appreciates Sanders wanting to hear from tribes before he makes a decision.

She says President Obama didn’t address such issues until late in term. Obama visited Kotzebue last August during an extended tour of Alaska.

But McDermott says she’s pleased Sanders is addressing tribal matters “from the git-go.”

She was also impressed that Jane Sanders spent three days in Alaska this week campaigning for her husband.

McDermott says that’s “pretty great” because nobody comes to Alaska to campaign.


:23 p.m.

Bernie Sanders has won the Alaska Democratic caucuses.

The Vermont senator defeated Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday.

There are 20 delegates up for grabs. The allocation process will take place later, at the state party convention.

After those attending caucuses have voted for president in a process called a “fan out,” they will then elect delegates to the state convention in proportion to the vote for the candidates.

At the three-day state convention in Anchorage, those elected to attend will then take part in their own “fan out” process. This will decide how the delegates are proportioned. The state convention begins May 13.


12:50 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a wide lead in early returns in the Alaska Democratic Party’s presidential caucuses.

In early returns reported by the party, Sanders led with 78 percent of the vote. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had 22 percent.

Long lines were reported at some caucus sites Saturday morning.


11:45 a.m.

Alaska Democrats are gathering to voice support for their choice to be the party’s presidential nominee.

Large crowds and long lines were reported at some caucus sites Saturday morning. The caucus in Juneau got started about 45 minutes late as people continued to show up.

The two major candidates being considered are former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The third choice for caucus-goers is little-known candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.

Some participants showed up in political regalia - shirts and buttons proclaiming their candidate of choice.

The state Republican party held their preference poll earlier this month, which was won by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.


8:45 a.m.

It’s a rocky start to the Democratic caucus in Anchorage.

Dozens of people showed up to have coffee with Jane Sanders, the wife of presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the Bear Tooth Theater.

However, she didn’t show up. A campaign spokesman says there was a last minute schedule change.

Those standing in line were told to go the caucus site at Anchorage West High School, where parking attendants were directing drivers to lots that were already flaked to capacity.

The Alaska Democratic Caucuses begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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