2016 Alaska Democratic presidential caucuses

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The 2016 Alaska Democratic presidential caucuses were held on March 26 in the U.S. state of Alaska as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

2016 Alaska Democratic presidential caucuses

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Candidate Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton
Home state Vermont New York
Delegate count 14 4
Popular vote 8,447 2,146
Percentage 79.6% 20.2%

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Results by state house district
  Bernie Sanders

On the same day, Democratic caucuses were held in Hawaii and in the state of Washington. The Republican Party did not hold any primaries that day; their own Alaska caucuses took place on March 1, 2016.

Opinion pollingEdit

Five-year-old Courtney Skinner holds up a "Bernie Sanders for President" sign while sitting on Tom Skinner's shoulders at the Juneau Democratic Caucus on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Centennial Hall's Sheffield Ballroom. Sanders won the majority of Juneau's votes and those across Alaska. (James Brooks photo)
Poll source Date 1st 2nd Other
Caucus results March 29, 2016 Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton
Alaska Dispatch News/Ivan Moore Research[1]

Margin of error: ± ~3.8%
Sample size: 651

Published January 23, 2016[1] Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton
Martin O'Malley 6%
Undecided 14%


e • d 2016 Democratic Party's presidential nominating process in Alaska
– Summary of results –
Candidate Popular vote District delegates Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Bernie Sanders 8,447 79.61% 441 81.52% 13 1 14
Hillary Clinton 2,146 20.23% 100 18.48% 3 1 4
Rocky De La Fuente 1 <0.01%
Uncommitted 16 0.15% 0 2 2
Total 10,610 100% 541 100% 16 4 20
Source: The Green Papers


Kim Metcalfe tallies votes at the Juneau Democratic Caucus on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Centennial Hall's Sheffield Ballroom as voters hold up their cellphones to capture the results. (James Brooks photo)

Alaska gave Sanders his largest win outside of his home state of Vermont. He won 80% of the vote and 82% of the state convention delegates, and carried every borough and census area in the state by landslide margins.[2] He swept Democratic strongholds - including sparsely populated areas in the Bush - as well as GOP strongholds such as Fairbanks and surrounding Interior Alaska, Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau in the Southeast.

A Sanders win in Alaska was expected, since he generally performed well in caucus states, in majority white electorates, and in the Pacific Northwest. Also, Clinton had lost the state eight years before to Barack Obama, and she did not campaign personally in the state (Sanders did not either, but he sent his wife Jane to campaign for him in Anchorage).[3]

At a rally in Wisconsin on March 26, Sanders told supporters “We knew from day one that politically we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South, but we knew things were going to improve when we headed west.”[4]


  1. ^ a b "ADN poll: Alaskans like Trump, Sanders for president". 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Alaska Caucus Election Results". Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  3. ^ "Jane Sanders holding Anchorage rally Thursday evening for husband Bernie". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  4. ^ Chozick, Amy (2016-03-26). "Bernie Sanders Seizes 3 States, Sweeping Democratic Contests". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-07.