By Daniel Popoloski
This is one in a series of articles this semester covering the presidential election. Previous articles have included registering to vote, Super Tuesday, and volunteering in a political campaign.
In the past two weeks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump dominated yet again in primaries and caucuses, solidifying their leads in their respective races.
Trump’s victory in winner-takes-all Florida forced onetime Republican establishment favorite Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to drop out, despite his victory in Washington D.C. That left the Republican field with just three contenders, Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump rounded out his week with victories in Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina, as well as Arizona on Tuesday. His wins come following a week full of turmoil and violence at his rallies that has led to leaders of both parties calling for Trump to change his tactics.
Cruz was unable to narrow the delegate gap, only taking low-delegate state Wyoming, as well as Utah, in Tuesday’s primaries. Kasich took his home state, keeping his narrow presidential hopes alive. Following the March 15th contests, Kasich needed more delegates than the amount that remained up for grabs in order to win the Republican nomination, making it evident that the governor is hoping for a brokered convention in which he would ideally get the vote, despite trailing. While Cruz could still technically win if he ran the table with the remaining states, he is likely looking for the same event to happen if Trump doesn’t secure the necessary number of delegates.
Meanwhile, Clinton continues to bury Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race, sweeping all five states March 15, while also adding Arizona on this week. Sanders’ momentum has almost stalled based on his losses, but he was able to secure Idaho and Utah. Clinton once again dominated in receiving the African-American vote. The win in Ohio was especially promising following her shocking loss in Michigan the week before, showing that she can take the industrial Midwestern states.
Hillary Clinton (courtesy of redstate.com)
Combined with her super delegates, Clinton appears to be a shoe-in for the Democratic Party nomination. However, her inability to secure votes from white males, according to a recent article in the New York Times, has many party leaders worrying about her ability to win a general election, against Trump, Cruz or Kasich. She has seemingly already begun to look past
Sanders, and is throwing barbs at Trump, as that is her most likely opponent in the general election.