While all election days are big, today was especially so considering five states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware) all headed to the polls. That means a good chunk of delegates are on the line tonight for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Without a doubt, Pennsylvania’s 189 delegates are the biggest “prize” of the evening. While the state didn’t get nearly the attention New York did, it only has 58 fewer delegates, making it one of the larger states in the Democratic primary.
Well, great news for the Clinton campaign tonight as she’s been projected the winner of Pennsylvania by CNN.
While this is clearly positive for Clinton and her supporters, this was a state she had been favored to win fairly easily. Well-respected stats guru Nate Silver gave Clinton a 99 percent chance of taking the state, predicting a result of 58-40. It will probably be a few hours before anyone knows the final result, but it looks to be a sizable margin of victory for Clinton.
This is a solid but expected win for the Clinton campaign. While there’s always some anxiety heading into any election (surprises do happen, right Michigan?), typically if all of the polls are indicating that a candidate is up double-digits, that candidate usually ends up winning.
As for the Sanders campaign, this is another big blow. With every loss his already highly improbable chances inch closer and closer to impossible. While I believe he’s going to stay in the race until California, it’s going to be more and more difficult to justify that stance with each defeat.
Stay tuned as there’s plenty going on politically this evening in the world of the Democratic presidential primary.