Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton picked up big primary wins on Tuesday in five northeastern U.S. states and boosted their chances of securing the nomination in their own political parties later in the summer.
Donald Trump swept all 5 states (Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Pennsylvania) and increased his lead by 390 over Republican challenger Ted Cruz while Hilary Clinton won in 4 out of 5 state primaries and built on the momentum she gained from winning big in New York last week.
Rhode Island is the only state primary Clinton lost.
Donald Trump now has 950 total delegates to Cruz’s 560 and Kasich’s 153 as of Tuesday evening 10:00 pacific time, according to the Associated Press.
There are 1,237 delegates that Donald Trump needs to pick up before the Republican Convention in July and he’s currently only 287 delegates away compared to yesterday morning when he was 392 away.
Clinton’s delegate lead over Sanders is reaching a level where it is nearly mathematically insurmountable for Sanders to catch up unless there’s a mass defection of Super Delegates on an epic scale where a majority of the 519 establishment Democratic Super Delegates that are in Clinton’s camp suddenly decide that they need to switch sides and get behind anti-establishment Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders.
Even if that unlikely scenario were to occur, Sander would still need to win the remaining Democratic primaries by a large margin to overtake Clinton.
Currently, Clinton has a sizeable lead over Sanders with total delegates which includes Super Delegates.
Clinton has 2,141 to Sanders’ 1,321 (as of 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time), representing a 820 delegate lead.
In terms of pledged delegates (not incl. Super Delegates) Clinton has 1,622 to Sander’s 1,282, representing a 340 delegate lead.
Sanders is currently trailing in the primary polls in Indiana and California.
The small window that Sanders had to catch up to Clinton is slowly closing on him.
In May there will be 4 Democratic primaries with 228 delegates available.
In June six U.S. states will head to the Democratic primaries where 694 delegates will chose sides.
Among the 694 total delegates in June, 475 of them come from California where Sanders trails Clinton in the latest primary polls.
Now that Clinton is looking more positioned to safely clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, the narrative will likely shift inside the Democratic Party.
It is not expected that Sanders will continue to fiercely attack Clinton during his speeches before Democratic supporters.
Sanders will be under more pressure to restrain himself from sowing seeds of discord and give reform minded Democrats and other independents who make up Sander’s base more reason to turn against Clinton and look weaker before her Republican presidential challengers.
Donald Trump is also vying for the independent vote and would love to peel off some of the independents who are attracted to Sanders’ anti-establishment sentiment.
Clinton will most certainly reach out to Sander’s political base and try build bridges with his enthusiastic younger audience that seek genuine change and hope to implement new policies that reverses economic inequality.
During Clinton’s acceptance speech on Tuesday evening in Pennsylvania, she struck a conciliatory tone as she did in last week’s primary acceptance speech in New York.
Clinton addressed the topic of economic inequality and campaign finance reform, popular themes woven throughout Sanders’ campaign.
“And I applaud Senator Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of our politics and giving greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality. And I know together we will get that done” Clinton said during her acceptance speech.
“Because whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us” Clinton said.
Clinton later spoke about wages being too low and said Wall Street shouldn’t threaten Main Street.
She also advocated for expanding social security and providing affordable college and healthcare.
Check back tomorrow for final Primary results from Super Tuesday.. as they will be updated here with the final count.
For further analysis and commentary, you can watch my unedited You Tube video (below).
For the record, I won’t be uploading more You Tube video following Indiana’s primary on May 3rd.