SEABROOK – When the polls closed in Maryland last Tuesday, the status quo was in full swing as frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both garnered resounding victories in their respective primaries. Prior to Tuesday’s elections, both Clinton and Trump held 20-plus point leads in nearly every poll, and when voting closed they each held […]
SEABROOK – When the polls closed in Maryland last Tuesday, the status quo was in full swing as frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both garnered resounding victories in their respective primaries.
Prior to Tuesday’s elections, both Clinton and Trump held 20-plus point leads in nearly every poll, and when voting closed they each held serve. Clinton, the former secretary of state, finished with 63 percent of the Democratic vote to main challenger Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 33.3 percent. On the Republican side, Trump garnered 54.4 percent of Maryland’s vote, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich pulled in 23 percent and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had 18.9 percent.
In Prince George’s County, where the majority of residents are registered Democrats, the results matched the trends of the state, but to an even larger degree. Clinton’s 117,820 votes outnumbered Sanders’ 38,268.
At the polls on Tuesday, the sentiment of many voters seemed to predict the nearly 80,000-vote victory.
“Hillary Clinton is a realist. She will continue Obama’s legacy,” said Lapria Johnson, who was voting at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro.
Many voters appreciated Clinton’s pragmatism and pointed to Sanders appealing positions but lack of substance on how to get his ideas accomplished.
“I do believe she is the most knowledgeable in terms of how the country should be run,” Terri Oates said, who came out to the DuVal High School polling station in Lanham solely to vote for Clinton.
Of the five elections that occurred last Tuesday, Maryland was Clinton’s most decisive victory. She also won elections in Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Sanders lone success was in Rhode Island, where he beat Clinton 55 percent to 43 percent.
As it stands right now, Clinton has 2,165 delegates to Sanders’ 1,357. Her resounding lead can be attributed to 520 superdelegates that have pledged their support. Meanwhile, Sanders has only gained 39 superdelegates’ support. A total of 2,383 total delegates are needed to secure the nomination.
On the other side of the aisle, Trump collected 5,880 votes in Prince George’s County, an area with lower numbers of registered Republicans.
For the businessman and real estate magnate, Maryland was part of a five-state sweep of Tuesday’s elections.
Prior to this latest round of voting, a major topic of conversation was the possibility of a contested Republican National Convention this summer when it comes to solidifying the nomination. As it stands right now, both Cruz and Kasich mathematically cannot secure the 1,237 delegates needed to secure a majority and gain their party’s nomination. The plan instead was to block their opponent, Trump, from gaining the majority of delegates, allowing for a contested convention to decide a different nominee.
However, after Trump’s decisive set of victories on Tuesday, there is now a clear track for him to secure the nomination before the convention. With his victory in Maryland and the four other states, he would have to secure 49 percent of the remaining delegates to become the Republican nominee in the general election.