May 4, 2016 - It's time to fire up the Donald Trump campaign button factories into overdrive , as the New York Billionaire with his crushing victory over Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is now a lock for the Republican Party 2016 Presidential nomination.
It was a history making night as Trump scored 53% of the Indiana vote to 36% for Cruz and 7% for Ohio Governor John Kasich. Indiana was seen as a must win for Cruz who in his concession speech made the stunning announcement that he was ending his White House bid which effectively made Trump their party's nominee. Cruz had fought had to win in Indiana even going so far as naming former CEO Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate.
Trump ended the night with 1,047 delegates which puts him now just 190 short of officially locking in the nomination of the 1,237 needed. With Cruz now gone, Trump is on a path to easily secure 1,400 delegates or more by the end of the primary season in June.
For Trump's likely Democratic opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is was a disappointing night as Senator Bernie Sanders scored an upset win in the Indiana primary. Sanders won 53% of the vote to 47% for Clinton. Despite the win its unlikely to change the dynamics of the race as Clinton is far ahead in the all important delegate count.
Clinton now has 2,202 delegates to 1,400 for Sanders. With the winner of the Democrat nomination needed 2,382 delegates, Clinton is now just 180 delegates away from being the nominee. While Sanders will still continue to compete for the nomination, Clinton has increasingly been turning her attention to Trump and the November general election.
With it now seeming it's a near certainty that it will be a Clinton vs Trump race, a new poll out today shows the former Secretary of State with a double digit lead. In the poll taken before the Indiana primary it finds Clinton with the support 54% of those polled to 41% for Trump.
April 10, 2017 - While a string of defeats have attempted to up end the presidential front runners, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Businessman Donald Trump for the Republicans, the upcoming Empire State state primary on April 26 gives both candidates a chance to escape form New York with a much needed win.
For Trump a return to his home state of New York, gives him the opportunity to blunt the momentum of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who defeated Trump in the April 5 Wisconsin Primary by a wide margin. Current polling has Trump leading in New York with 56% followed by Cruz at 22% and Ohio Governor John Kasich with 17%.
In the all important delegate count Trump leads with 743 followed by Cruz with 532 and Kasich with 143.
On the Democratic side, Clinton has lost seven of the last contests to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. For Clinton it is also a return to her home state where she was twice elected U.S. Senator and served in that position from 2001 to 2009. For Sanders it is also a homecoming of sorts as he was born in Brooklyn.
Currently polling for the New York Democratic Primary has Clinton out in front with 56% followed by 38% for Sanders. Despite the rough patched in the recent caucuses and primaries , Clinton has a commanding lead in the delegate race. Clinton has 1,756 delegates to 1,068 for Sanders.
March 19, 2016 - The voters on Tuesday March 15 made it clear that New York Businessman Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are in the fast lane now to secure their respective parties presidential nominations.
Trump took the biggest prize on Tuesday of Florida with 99 delegates. With his other wins that day in North Carolina and Illinois, Trump now has 678 delegates to 423 for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and the the other remaining Republican presidential hopeful Ohio Governor John Kasich with 143. Kasich avoided sure elimination from the presidential race when he was able to win his home state of Ohio, which marks his first win of the primary season. The reality for Cruz and Kasich now is that if delegates were campaign buttons , Trump would have a heck of lot more campaign buttons than either of his challengers.
On the Democratic side, Clinton went five for five on Tuesday winning the primaries in Florida , North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. Clinton now has 1,614 delegates to 856 for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Next up on the primary schedule is the Arizona primary on March 22. The most recent polling on Arizona has shown both Trump and Clinton leading.
March 9, 2016 - Despite polls predicting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win the Michigan Primary , Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont scored an upset victory.
With 97% of the vote having been reported , Sanders vaulted to victory with 49.8% of the vote to 48.2% of the vote for Clinton. Due to the close vote the delegates awarded to each candidate was almost a draw. Sanders will walk away with 65 delegates to 58 for Clinton.
There was still in a sliver lining in the evening for Clinton though as she crushed Sanders in the Mississippi Primary.
With an estimated 95% of the vote recorded Clinton won a stunning 82.6% of the vote to just 16.5% of the vote for Sanders. This lopsided victory also accrued in the delegate count as Clinton will receive 29 delegates from Mississippi to just 4 for Sanders.
In the overall delegate count Clinton still holds a commanding lead over Sanders. Including delegates won and super delegates Clinton now has 1221 to 571 for Sanders. Another wards if delegates were campaign buttons , Hillary would have a lot of them.
Sanders win in Michigan may give him new momentum heading into Tuesday March 15 when Ohio, Florida , North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri will all hold primaries. Currently polls have Clinton leading in Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
March 2, 2016 - New York Businessman Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each took a giant step toward securing their respective parties presidential nominations by both winning seven of the Super Tuesday voting states and hundreds of convention delegates.
On the Republican side , Trump scored victories in Vermont, Massachusetts , Virgina, Georgia, Alabama , Arkansas and Tennessee. It wasn't a complete sweep for Trump though as Senator Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas and also Oklahoma and Alaska. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida finally got up on the scoreboard notching his first win of the primary season by claiming victory in the Minnesota Republican Caucus.
With 15 states now having voted, Trump has won 315 delegates to 205 for Cruz and 106 for Rubio. There are actually two other Republicans in the race for the White House Ohio Governor John Kasich and Dr Ben Carson, and while they did not win any states they did collect some delegates.Kasich now has won 27 delegates followed by Carson with 7.
On the Democratic side , Clinton won the states of Massachusetts, George, Alabama, Virgina, Arkansas , Tennessee and Texas. Senator Bernie Sanders won his home state of Vermont and Oklahoma , Colorado and Minnesota.
When super delegates are included Clinton now has a commanding lead of 1062 delegates followed by Sanders with 421.
The presidential primary calendar now moves on to Saturday March 5 where the Republicans will compete in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine. The Democrats will compete in Kansas , Nebraska, Louisiana and Maine.