March 16, 2016
Highlights from the March 15 primaries:
- Trump expanded his delegate lead by easily winning Florida and its 99 winner take all delegates
- After a distant 2nd in Florida, Rubio suspended his campaign
- Kasich salvaged his campaign by winning Ohio and its 66 winner take all delegates
- North Carolina (Republican) was closer than expected, Trump and Cruz will split most of the delegates in this proportional state
- Clinton won at least four of five states; including a larger-than-expected win in Ohio
- No AP calls in Missouri as of this writing; Trump and Clinton lead by just 0.2%.
- Trump, with at least 621 delegates, is now >50% to the 1,237 needed to secure the Republican nomination
- Clinton, with at least 1,561 delegates is now about 2/3 of the way to the 2,383 needed for the Democratic nomination
He's likely to cross the threshold when this week's remaining delegates are awarded. However, if he comes up short, he'll almost certainly lock it up when Georgia polls close next Tuesday.
Nine-term term incumbent becomes 2nd member to lose primary in 2020
On one of the busier days of the reshuffled calendar, Joe Biden has a chance to clinch the nomination. However, a late change in Pennsylvania may delay that opportunity.
An increasingly blue state overall, the Cascade mountain range marks both a physical and political separation between largely liberal and conservative populations.
At the presidential level, the Magnolia State has voted for only one Democratic nominee since 1960. The population demographics drive remarkably consistent results every four years.