For those who view the coming presidential choices as Hobson’s headache, count out Michael Bloomberg as an option for an alternative. He is out.
In Sunday night’s debate Bernie Sanders pushed hard on trade and Wall Street issues where Hillary Clinton is certainly vulnerable, but landed no hits that she couldn’t diffuse by changing the subject, counter punching and occasionally with outright prevarication. Flustered and flummoxed, Sanders basically threw in the towel. One wonders if Trump is her debate foe in the Fall whether he will rise to the occasion.
By Pogo, a Trail Mix Contributor
I believe that structurally Bernie is done. Tuesday may tell the tale, Ohio in particular. Hillary has won 200 more delegates of the 1000 at stake thus far, counting only won delegates. Add the super delegates and the numbers just can’t work for him unless he quickly and dramatically turns around his performance in states that aren’t overwhelmingly white and don’t choose delegates in coffee klatches. He can’t string enough Kansases and Nebraskas together to do much more – those states are almost done and his sweet spot is shrinking quickly.
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(AP) — Ted Cruz cinched double-barreled victories in Kansas and Maine, and Donald Trump captured Louisiana in Saturday’s four-state round of Republican voting, fresh evidence that there’s no quick end in sight to the fractious GOP race for president.
Bernie Sanders notched a win in Nebraska and state party officials gave him a victory in Kansas, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton snagged Louisiana.
Early returns showed Cruz and Trump were in a tight race for Kentucky.
Despite the support of many elected officials in Kansas, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came up short, raising serious questions about his viability in the race.
On the Democratic side, meanwhile, Sanders won by a solid margin in Nebraska and Kansas.
Heading into Saturday’s voting, Clinton had 1,066 delegates to Sanders’ 432, including super delegates — members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination. There were 109 at stake on Saturday.
In the overall race for GOP delegates, including partial results for Kansas, Trump led with 347 and Cruz had 267. Rubio had 116 delegates and Kasich had 28.
Cruz will collect at least 36 delegates for winning the Republican caucuses in Kansas and Maine, Trump at least 18 and Rubio at least six and Kasich three.
It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.
This weekend Kansas and Louisiana will hold primaries for both parties. There will also be a Republican caucus in Kentucky, and for both parties in Maine, plus a Democratic caucus in Nebraska.
- Kansas winner: Ted Cruz
- Kentucky winner: Donald Trump
- Louisiana winner: Trump
- Maine winner: Trump
- Kansas winner: Bernie Sanders
- Louisiana winner: Hillary Clinton
- Nebraska winner: Sanders
- Maine winner: Sanders