With six states voting tonight, we started out with New Jersey and its 126 delegates. While much smaller than the 475 being handed out in California later this evening, New Jersey is still no slouch. Especially at this point in the primary, with the end rapidly approaching.
Well, good news for Hillary Clinton, as MSNBC has projected her the winner in New Jersey.
This shouldn’t surprise many people. She won New York fairly easily, so most expected similar results in New Jersey. Not only that, but Bernie Sanders hadn’t really put much effort into trying to win the state, instead putting his focus on California.
As for the significance of all of this, there’s not a whole lot anymore.
With Clinton officially reaching enough pledged and superdelegates to clinch the nomination, it really is now just a matter of wrapping the process up so we know the final results. Had she lost here, it would have been a rather big blow for the optics of her campaign.
For Sanders, it’s a loss I think his campaign expected. He’s clearly put most of his focus on California, which is understandable. The margin he needs to win by in California (which was already hovering around 40 percent) just got even larger with his loss in New Jersey.
While there’s still plenty of work to be done tonight, we now know that Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner in at least one of the five contests.
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