Five US States Open Polls, Candidates Join Forces against Trump

By: Max Radwin - Apr 26, 2016, 1:18 pm
Kasich of Ohio has won one out of 38 states so far. (wikimedia)

Tuesday, April 26 sees five more crucial primary elections come into play for the race to win the Democratic and Republican nomination.

Pennsylvania (71 Republican delegates up for grabs and 189 Democratic), Connecticut (28 Republican and 55 Democratic), Delaware (16 Republican and 21 Democratic), Maryland (38 Republican and 95 Democratic) and Rhode Island (19 Republican and 24 Democratic) are all open for polling, and will have a big impact on the nomination results.

Polls show Hillary Clinton has a safe enough lead in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania to predict wins in those states. She has won 1,237 delegates so far — including 137 in her home state of New York last week — and needs 2,383 overall to win the nomination. RealClearPolitics has Clinton up by a much smaller margin in Rhode Island, so that race may be too close to call for now. But if she were to sweep today, it would give her somewhere around 300 more delegates — putting Sanders, who was gaining momentum before last Tuesday — in an even bigger hole to climb out of.

But it’s the Republican primaries that will be worth keeping an eye on this Tuesday, not because Donald Trump is predicted to win — and in fact, he is favorited to do just that in every state polling today — so much as because the other two candidates left in the race (Ted Cruz of Texas and John Kasich of Ohio) announced this week that they are joining forces to stop Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

“I’m not campaigning in Indiana and he’s not campaigning in these other states, that’s all. It’s not a big deal,” Kasich said of the strategy.

Kasich’s Chief Strategist John Weaver tweeted about the decision on Monday morning, reiterating what Kasich had already told CNN. i.e., splitting the vote between Cruz and Kasich is about the same as voting for Hillary Clinton.

Indiana doesn’t vote until May 3 — and that seems to be the state Kasich and Cruz are pivoting their new partnership on — but the chance of stopping Trump from gaining enough delegates with such a strategy and thus forcing a contested election at the Republican Convention (which would not only open up a new chance for Cruz, but also Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson), may very well come down to today’s results.

Despite the historical improbability of this happening anyway, the news had Trump pretty angry coming into this Super Tuesday. He tweeted out a string of insults and accusations throughout Monday morning:

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Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.