Ecstatic cheers erupted in the Clinton camp each time a race was called for her on primary night Tuesday. The former Senator from New York won 4 out of 5 states, essentially shutting out her erstwhile rival Bernie Sanders. Though the wins were expected, the Clinton campaign was most elated to win the delegate rich state of Pennsylvania, which is also considered a crucial barometer for the General Election. These wins put Secretary Clinton solidly in place to become the first female presidential nominee in a party in The United States.
Bouncing up to the stage in Philadelphia to the catchy tune of “Eye of The Tiger,” Clinton briefly swayed jubilantly to the music before she started her speech. The crowd chanted and clapped, cheering her victory. The energy in the room was palpable as the former Senator made overtures to reach out to Sander’s supporters and extend an olive brach of unification. “Theres much more that unites us than divides us,” she reiterated. She called for joining together, not divisiveness. The crowd roared, chanting “Hillary Hillary!” The Democratic frontrunner could barely get through her speech as her supporters kept chanting her name.
With the recent NY win, the Clinton camp is hoping to win the final major states for the remaining delegates needed to secure the Democratic Presidential Nomination. But Bernie Sanders has not given up hope and continues to work towards shortening the gap between himself and the leading candidate. Now that the latest Super Tuesday states have cast their votes, does Bernie still hold a chance of winning or has Hillary cinched the nomination? In his concession speech, Sanders was defiant and swore to fight to the end. However, his speech was subdued and tinged with a hint of resignation. He pointed out national polls that showed him beating Trump with a wider margin than Hillary Clinton, but even he did not seem very convinced.
The NY Clinch
Going into the NY primary, both camps knew that this was going to be a major deciding factor on how the remaining election trail would play out, and Hillary praised her fellow New Yorkers by stating, “Today you proved once again there’s no place like home. “New Yorkers you’ve always had my back, and I’ve always tried to have yours. It is humbling that you trust me with the awesome responsibilities that await our next president. And to all the people who supported Senator Sanders, I believe there is much more that unites us than divides.”
Does Clinton Own the Nomination?
Just because Hillary won more delegates, does that mean she has a clear path to the nomination? That might be the case as Bernie Sanders announced on Monday that if Hillary wins outright, he would team up with her to help beat the Republican party during the final showdown. In fact, he had quite a few stipulations in order to obtain his support, including common ground on his Medicare plan and climate change. Bernie Sanders told Time Magazine, “I will do everything in my power to make sure no Republican gets into the White House in this election.” But even as he promised to support Hillary on the final stage, the race still continues and Bernie has vowed to keep his momentum and efforts going for the time being.
Bernie to Clinton Supporter Shift
Like all presidential elections, many supporters of a specific candidate will shift their support and allegiance to the winning nominee based on the fact that they have deeper ties to their Democratic or Republican party, and many believe that this will be the case in the Sanders vs Clinton process. With a major divide in this year’s election, Democrats, and even many Republicans for that matter, are trying to rally against the Republican front runner Donald Trump. So what can be expected of Sander’s supporters in the near future?
Experts claim that the majority of Sanders voters will ultimately slide over to the Clinton camp if it comes to it, but there are those who solely support Sanders. The Grassroots Action for Bernie is such a group, vowing to only support Sanders in the entire election.
Current delegate counts show Hillary Clinton with a lead that many agree is insurmountable.
The 2016 Presidential Race has certainly been a roller coaster including it’s fair share of muck-racking, debate battles, near wins and landslides. As we continue to check off key states and tally up the total delegate counts, one thing is clear, the primary process is approaching the finish line and soon only one from each party will remain standing.