Heading into possibly the most important election day since Super Tuesday, a lot was on the line for both parties. If the current frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump performed well, both would essentially lock in their party’s nomination by building nearly insurmountable leads. And of all the states that went to the polls today, there was no bigger delegate prize than Florida.
Well, Hillary Clinton has won that “prize” as she has just been declared the winner of Florida.
Though the win isn’t all that surprising. Polls had her up big and it seems even Bernie Sanders realized he wasn’t winning the state, instead spending most of his time the past week in states like Ohio and Illinois.
So, what does this all mean?
Well, that’s hard to say right now. Depending on the final margin of victory for Clinton, she’s likely to come out with a nice chunk of delegates to build on her lead over Sanders. However, if Sanders can pull out wins in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri (depending on his margin of victory in those states) he could offset Clinton’s gains from Florida. Though with the former Secretary of State getting a sizable win in North Carolina, it’s a very real possibility that, even though she might leave tonight going 2-3, she still exits tonight with a larger delegate lead than she had going in. That’s been the pattern we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks.
So, with Florida now in the books, the attention turns to Ohio, Missouri and Illinois where things could get very interesting as the evening progresses.