Coming in at 95 delegates, Maryland offered the second most delegates of the five states voting tonight behind Pennsylvania’s 189. So while there’s a sizable drop off, it’s still a state that has a decent chunk of delegates up for grabs. And this late in the race, every state and delegate counts.
Well, Hillary Clinton should be celebrating as she’s been declared the winner in Maryland, with MSNBC calling the race almost immediately after the polls closed.
Though with polling expert Nate Silver giving her a 97 percent chance of winning the state, and most polls showing her winning by double-digits, this victory was rather expected. As always, being that delegates are handed out proportionally, it’s not just winning that matters – but by how much. We probably won’t know the final tally for a few hours, but it looks to be a comfortable victory for Clinton.
On the flip side, while I’m sure he would have liked to win Maryland, I’m not sure the Sanders campaign really factored the state into their “path to the nomination” they’ve been talking about for weeks. The problem is, each loss (especially if he loses by a rather sizable margin) is a massive blow for his already very slim chances at catching up to Clinton.
But with Maryland now in the books, it’s time to move forward as we await the results from the other states which went to the polls tonight.