While it’s the second smallest of the five states that went to the polls this evening in terms of population, Rhode Island is still a state that was important – especially for Bernie Sanders, as it was the only state where polls showed him as the favorite.
Well, good news for his campaign as it seems the polls were right and he’s been projected the winner of Rhode Island by MSNBC.
The small state only awards 24 delegates, but Sanders needs every single win he can get if he wants to keep his chances alive of catching Clinton. It goes without saying that no state is “too small” to be insignificant for his campaign. However, based on the way tonight is looking for Sanders, winning Rhode Island isn’t going to make a great deal of difference, unfortunately.
What does this all mean? Well, not a great deal.
Being that Sanders’s campaign looks as if it’s headed for an awful night, while it’s nice to get the victory, he’s still leaving this evening down much more than he was going in. That’s not good news for a campaign that was already facing nearly insurmountable odds.
For Clinton, being that tonight’s going just about how most expected it to, losing Rhode Island isn’t a huge deal. While I’m sure her campaign would have liked to say it swept this evening’s primaries, they’re definitely not going to sweat losing Rhode Island.
But for Sanders, this win at least gives him and his supporters something to feel good about tonight. So, congratulations to Bernie Sanders on his victory in Rhode Island!