The citizens of five Northeastern states, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, cast ballots in the presidential campaign today. According to early exit polls (and major news outlet forecasts), the leading contenders for their parties’ nominations, businessman Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, solidified their delegate leads.
Polls indicate that Trump was victorious in all five states, while Clinton appears to have won the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The exit polling results were close in Connecticut and Rhode Island, but Bernie Sanders took the latter.
In pre-election polling, Trump fared well in this part of the country and was expected to sweep all five of the northeastern state primaries, while Clinton looked likely to win in four, with Senator Bernie Sanders contending only in Rhode Island. Major news organizations are currently reporting a possible sweep of all five by both Trump and Clinton.
For the other Republican candidates, the race has become solely about how to deprive Trump of an outright win before the GOP Convention this July. To that end, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich announced earlier this week that they would split their efforts and encourage their supporters to vote for each other in states where they have the potential to pick off delegates from Trump. As Jeff Roe, Cruz’s campaign manager, explained, “To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in
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