With only one state voting tonight, things are a little easier to follow in the world of presidential primary politics tonight compared to last week when five states went to the poll. Which means Indiana was given the spotlight all its own this evening. Though with 83 delegates up for grabs, even though it’s the only state voting tonight, Indiana is still a state with a decent chunk of delegates.
Well, good news for Bernie Sanders as MSNBC has declared him the winner of Indiana, which means he’s going to get the majority of the state’s delegates.
This victory comes as a slight surprise considering Nate Silver gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of winning (predicting an 11 point victory, actually) and most polls showed her beating Bernie Sanders there. Though, demographically, Indiana always seemed a bit more favorable for Sanders, especially considering the state has an open primary – another factor that’s shown to be beneficial for his campaign.
For Clinton, while she would have liked to get this win, this loss isn’t that big of a deal. After going 4 for 5 last week, she all but sealed the nomination, building a lead that’s essentially insurmountable. Though there’s still clearly work she needs to be done heading into California on June 7th.
As for Sanders, while it’s nice to get the win, for weeks he’s been facing odds that border on the impossible. Going in to tonight Sanders needed to win 64 percent of all remaining delegates to catch Clinton. So, while he’ll win the state, it’s really considered a bit of a “loss” based on the fact that Sanders isn’t going to come anywhere close to reaching 64 percent of the vote tonight. Meaning that he’s going to still have to win by nearly 30 points – in every single contest – to stand any chance at making a comeback.
Well, that’ll wrap things up tonight. Congratulations to Bernie Sanders and we’ll see you all May 10th when West Virginia goes to the polls.
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