Sanders blames low voter turnout rates for recent Dem losses in Ky. and Va.

strong>ROCK HILL, S.C. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is blaming Democrats' tough losses in Tuesday's election on abysmal voter turnout rates.

The socialist presidential hopeful, who's running for the Democratic nomination, delivered remarks at a gathering for the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council Saturday morning as part of his effort bolster his support among female voters in the earliest Southern voting state. Sanders was joined by his wife, Jane.

"Tuesday was a devastating election for Democrats in Kentucky [and] in Virginia," Sanders told a crowd of about 100 women.

The independent senator from Vermont said Republican Matt Bevin's win in the Kentucky gubernatorial election "will give huge impacts on hundreds of thousands of people." He fears Bevin will toss the state's health-insurance exchange under Obamacare when he moves into the governor's mansion.