Indiana primaries: Bernie Sanders wins Democratic, Donald Trump wins Republican
Thursday, May 5, 2016
On Tuesday,held its and primaries, where voters could vote for the candidate of their choice and presidential candidates can earn delegates so they can move on to the general presidential election. The results: obtained 51 of the 57 Republican delegates, while on the Democratic side, obtained at least 42 of the state's 83 pledged Democratic delegates; the Democratic party also has unpledged superdelegates who are free to vote as they choose.
Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, now needs only 200 more delegates for the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, despite Sanders's win,still has 92% of the delegates she needs for the Democratic nomination. Sanders said, "the Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They're wrong."
's poor performance has caused him to suspend his campaign. "Tonight I'm sorry to say it appears that path [to victory] has been foreclosed," Cruz said. Yesterday, also suspended his campaign. This makes Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee. Additionally, some conservative groups who oppose Donald Trump are reportedly considering having a candidate run against him in the general election.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders celebrated his Indiana win. "The world has changed[...] More and more people are independents and I think it makes no sense for the Democrats to say to those people, ‘You can’t help us.’ For Democrats to do well in a national election, they’re going to need a lot of independents and I would not think it’s a good idea to push those people away," Sanders said, complementing Indiana's open primaries. However, in order to secure the nomination, Bernie Sanders would need 66% of the Democratic Party's remaining pledged delegates.
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- Yashwant Raj. "US primaries: Ted Cruz quits presidential race after Trump wins Indiana" — , May 4, 2016
- "Donald Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee" — , 4 May 2016
- Nicole Gaudiano. "Bernie Sanders celebrates Indiana win, criticizes closed primaries" — , May 4, 2016