In a decisive double digit victory in the Empire State, Hillary Clinton demonstrated her solid support there, routing Bernie Sanders with a 16 point margin that puts her on the brink of becoming the Democratic nominee. In what many pundits are calling the turning point in the campaign, the New York win puts Secretary Clinton squarely in the driver’s seat in this race. In her speech, the jubilant Clinton slammed Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, reiterated her key issues on inclusiveness and reform, and declared, “…theres no place like home.”
New York was a major battlefield for the Democrats during the Brooklyn debate on Thursday April 14th, and as the top two contenders made their way out onstage, both came out swinging. Hillary Clinton, former Senator and New York resident, based her home town favor as a tipping point in the election, but her rival, Bernie Sanders, had other plans in mind. From focusing on the hot topics through a New York point of view, the Wall Street influence, gun control and even foreign policy relating to Israel, one thing is for sure the Thursday debate pulled out all the punches on what some say could be the final debate of the Presidential Election.
Question of Qualifications
The Thursday debate didn’t avoid the controversial tone of recent political ads and rhetoric, particularly bringing back into the spotlight a recent comment by Bernie Sanders about Hillary Clinton’s “qualifications to be President”. During the Thursday debate, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer opened with a question probing if Sanders stood by his attacks on Clinton regarding her qualifications. Sanders quickly backpedaled the topic and redirected the content to focus more on his questioning of her judgment ability, citing concern with her decisions around the Iraq War, trade, and other topics.
The Better New Yorker
Hillary Clinton is known for being a long time New York resident and supporter, now living in Chappaqua, New York. But Bernie Sanders also knows New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he is very intimate with the New York way of life. So who is “the better “New Yorker”? The New York Times put out an article comparing the top nominations for Presidency including Clinton, Sanders and Trump. Comparing their home town accent, to personality, eating habits and even Broadway show support. So how did Sanders and Clinton measure up to the New York Times’ test?
Using a pizza point measurement scale and basing the report on 8 different categories, here is the final breakdown of the New York Times Best New Yorker report.
Bernie Sanders: 29 Total New York Points
Hillary Clinton: 22 Total New York Points
Democrats Looking for Brokered Convention?
It’s been over 60 years since the Democratic Party has seen a brokered convention, and in 1952 it took 3 ballots to finally elect Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson. Most political campaigns consider a brokered convention a nightmare, prolonging the process, causing more debate, and a riskier final outcome. So can we expect the Democratic party to hold a brokered convention for the 2016 elections? In short no one really knows, but one thing is clear, the previous scripted and outdated rituals of the past won’t work in today’s brokered convention setting. With the primary party leaders no longer in power, the current decision makers are a combination of campaigns, candidate consultants, and other groups that will be tasked with this daunting process.
The Numbers So Far
With the 2016 election heading full steam towards the finish line, more delegates have been assigned, more controversy has taken front stage, and the end may not be as clean cut as many previous elections. With Secretary Clinton’s New York primary victory, the delegate counts are
Hillary Clinton: 1,930 (Including 502 Super Delegates)
Bernie Sanders: 1,189 (Including 38 Super Delegates)
As the battle for the Democratic Nomination continues, many are keeping a close eye on both candidates. But one thing is clear, Bernie Sanders is not going down without a fight, and with his recent caucus wins, continued drive and focus on topics that resonate with fellow Americans, the Vermont Senator is in it for the long haul. With New York under her belt, Hillary Clinton will have to stay steady and on top of her game, looking ahead to next Tuesday where she is well placed to win five more states that come up in the competition.