By Nicholas Insinga
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominated the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic state primary results on Tuesday, each putting more distance between them and their competition.
Both increased the number of delegates they need to secure their party’s nomination before the July conventions, Trump by sweeping all five states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania – while Clinton took four out of five with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders winning Rhode Island.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio were left well behind Trump earned more than half of the votes in every state. His previous primary wins were by smaller margins.
Trump now has 953 delegates of the necessary 1,237 needed to win. Cruz and Kasich cannot mathematically receive the number of necessary delegates to win the nomination before the primary. Whether Cruz and Kasich remain in the race is questionable, but if Trump continues to dominate, he will hit the 1,237 mark before the convention in Cleveland.
On the Democratic side, Clinton now has 1,650 pledge delegates to go along with 519 super delegates for a total of 2,169 of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination – she needs a little over 200 delegates to secure the nomination.
Sanders has 1,348 pledged delegates and only 39 super delegates leaving him trailing with a total of 1,387 total delegates. Polls suggest Clinton has a clear advantage in the remaining primaries and is likely to pick up the small number of delegates to win the nomination leaving Sanders to either drop out or continue until the convention in Philadelphia.
The night picked up a bit as the two perceived nominees to become the 45th president of the United States, Trump and Clinton, started their verbal assaults and taunts towards one another.
According to the New York Times, Clinton took a small shot at the presumed Republican nominee’s use of harsh language and hateful words by saying, “love trumps hate.”
Trump was more directly aggressive towards his potential counterpart in November as he claims her gender is the only reason she is having success.
“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Trump said.