Bernie Sanders wins Indiana Democratic primary
INDIANA — Bernie Sanders has beaten rival Hillary Clinton in the Indiana Democratic primary. The senator didn’t stick around to hear the results and opted to campaign in Kentucky. Sanders invested more in Indiana than Clinton, traveling the state and spending about $1.5 million on ads. Clinton did not campaign extensively or air TV ads.
On the Republican side– Donald Trump’s dramatic victory caps a day of extraordinary developments in the Republican race. Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday night afterTrump’s victory. “We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path,” Cruz told his supporters.
Going into the Indiana primary, Clinton had 2,179 of the 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination, including superdelegates — senior party officials and lawmakers who can vote however they choose at the convention. She only needs to win 20% of the remaining delegates at stake to formally capture the nomination.
Sanders has 1,400 delegates so far, including superdelegates, and he needs to capture 97% of the remaining delegates to overhaul Clinton. There are 1,016 delegates remaining to be contested in the campaign. Clinton leads Sanders in the pledged delegate count by 1,666 to 1,359 and by 513 superdelegates to Sanders’ 41.
The painful state of the race for Sanders means that his only hope of winning the nomination would be to convince Democratic superdelegates at the convention to abandon the former secretary of state — an unlikely scenario considering that group is largely made up of party insiders long aligned with Clinton.
That is one reason why the Clinton campaign has begun stressing that it is time to unite the party and concentrate on the race against Republicans in the fall.
But the Vermont Senator used his public performances in Indiana to highlight what he says are stark differences on trade. He also rebuked her over her vote in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war, and demanded a $15 minimum wage.
“Let Indiana be the 18th state to join the political revolution!” Sanders said at a rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday.