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Clinton Declares Victory In Kentucky, Sanders Takes Oregon

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Kentucky Democratic primary late Tuesday, while Bernie Sanders was declared the winner in Oregon.

No final result had been declared in the Kentucky race the close race in the late night hours.

Polls in Kentucky closed at 7 p.m. Eastern time. CBS News projected Clinton as the likely winner, but there was no final result at 11:00 p.m. Some precincts still needed to report and thus there was no official call.

Still, Clinton herself declared victory.

Voters also took to the polls in Oregon, where Bernie Sanders was the winner.

Sanders had won the last two Democratic primaries going into Tuesday.

"I feel about Oregon and Kentucky the way I usually feel, and if there is a large voter turnout we'll win," he said earlier.

Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until the California primary in June.

Clinton has a huge delegate lead and is already preparing to square off against the Republican opponent, CBS News' Craig Boswell reported, but she'll need to sway Sanders supporters to win the general election.


"I am hoping, and really looking forward to debating Donald Trump in the fall," said Clinton.

The money behind Clinton is moving ahead, too. Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Clinton, released it's first ads aimed at Trump, including one featuring people lip synching some of Trump's more controversial statements.

Meanwhile, Trump sat down with Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly for an interview airing Tuesday night. A feud between the two began in August during the first GOP debate.

"You seemed to stay angry for months. Was that real or was that strategy?" Kelly asks Trump in a clip released ahead of the broadcast.

"I have great respect for you that you were able to call me and say, 'Let's get together and let's talk,'" Trump responds.

The presumptive GOP ran uncontested in Oregon and was declared winner soon after the polls closed.

"I view myself as a person that like everybody else is fighting for survival," he said.

In his interview with Kelly Trump said he'll consider his campaign a failure if he doesn't win in November.

"If I don't go all the way, and if I don't win I will consider it to be a total and complete waste of time, energy, and money," he said.

Trump filed a financial disclosure statement with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. His campaign said it shows Trump's net worth increased in the past year to more than $10-billion.

Trump's bluntness is just one reason there is still a movement from some Republicans to find someone to run as a third party candidate.

"I hope the country gets a better choice than Clinton or Trump," Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, told CNN. "If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen."

So far, several prominent Republicans have said no to an independent bid, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Kristol, who is heading the effort to find a third party candidate, says he believes we'll know in the next couple of weeks if there is someone willing to run against Trump and Clinton.

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