Tonight’s string of states (Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri) is easily the second most important day of the primary season other than Super Tuesday. With several large delegate states going to the polls, this was a big evening for both parties. It was even make or break for some campaigns, as we saw earlier when Sen. Marco Rubio suspended his campaign after a humiliating defeat in his home state of Florida.
If you’re a Hillary Clinton supporter, tonight has been a big night. Not only did she get very impressive wins in Florida and North Carolina, two states she was projected to win, but she also won Ohio fairly easily. Ohio was a state many folks (myself included) thought she might lose.
Well, the news just keeps getting better for the Clinton campaign as she’s been declared the winner of Illinois, giving her campaign its fourth victory of the evening.
So, what does this all mean? Well, if you’re a Bernie Sanders supporter, tonight’s a disaster.
While he’s not technically eliminated, tonight’s results really couldn’t have gone much worse for Sanders. When it’s all said and done, he’s likely going to be down over 300 delegates, which is a deficit that’s nearly impossible to overcome. For Sanders to come back, he would essentially have to win most of the remaining states by huge margins. And by “huge” I mean by 20+ points in most of them, which is something that’s very unlikely to happen.
For Clinton, tonight has been a resounding success. After a rather shocking loss in Michigan, many began to wonder if the momentum had shifted back toward Bernie Sanders. Though I think with tonight’s big wins, for all intents and purposes, she’s cemented herself as the Democratic nominee this November.
Again, while she hasn’t technically won the nomination, following her big victories tonight, her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders will be all but impossible for him to overcome.
So, now we sit back and wait to see what happens in Missouri where the final race of the night is still extremely close.