Trump, Clinton, steamroll opponents in Tuesday NE Liberal states primaries

5 of the original 13 colonies weigh in on presidential preference, increasing frontrunners' leads. All 13 have now gone Trump.

By George MillerPresidentialPrimary2016

Hillary Clinton  and Donald Trump flattened their presidential primary opponents in Tuesday’s NE Liberal states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island- five of the original 13 colonies.  The lopsided victories increase their margin of victory.

Except for PA, Trump has little chance of winning the states in play this week in the November general election. But these are very valuable in securing the nomination, as California will be. In fact, it will be the first time that the late California primary has affected the Republican presidential candidate nomination in a long, long time. The votes were about 2:1 in favor of Democrats, but PA is a possible swing state this time.  Kasich did better here than he has in most states. So far, he has won only his home state of Ohio.

Clinton won with a high of 63% in MD, down to to 52% in CT, winning by only 5% there, but by 30% in MD.

Trump’s victories ranged from a high of nearly 64% of the vote in RI to 54% in MD  He beat Ted Cruz by a high of a 5:1 margin in CT, down to a 3:1 margin in PA. Kasich beat Cruz soundly in all five states.

It appears that Clinton is well on track to walking into the Democrat’s convention with an insurmountable lead, especially when the superdelegates are considered. Pundits say that there is an outside chance that health or legal problems (email server, Benghazi) could upset that, but the are few takers on wagers at this point. Bernie Sanders in hanging in there, hoping for a Hillary disaster. But, win or lose, he has also been successful in forcing the campaign rhetoric sharply left and introducing his pet issues of reforming Wall St/Bank corruption and stopping job-draining trade deals. Interesting that he has at least some agreement with Trump on these.

Trump, on the other hand, has a higher hurdle to get to the convention with a 1237 delegate majority for a first ballot nomination. There is the matter of two active Trump rivals still in the race, who even though they have no chance of a delegate majority, can still deprive him of a majority. In fact, Cruz and Kasich’s team strategy involves even sacrificing votes in certain states to allow one or the other to deprive Trump of delegates. It sure didn’t work very well tonight though. Indiana might be in play for something like that, though.

Republican “elite” officials are attempting to derail Trump, because they disagree with some of his populist positions on immigration, trade, restructuring govt. and more. They also don’t think he can be a winning candidate.Increasingly, he is proving them wrong.  Republican votes are breaking all-time records in this year’s primaries. Many attribute this to Trump, but one could also make a case that the electorate may have finally had enough of what both Democrat AND Republican traditional candidates have been delivering- or failing to deliver.

Democrats seem to be getting behind Clinton, even with all of her baggage, suggesting that they might think Sanders’ “Democratic Socialism” might not sell well in the general election.

Read details of votes and percentage margins on Politico:

George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
4 years ago

Clear and concise.