Viewers who want to follow the live results from the Tuesday, April 26, primary elections will have plenty of options to get all the results from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
After a big showing in last week’s New York primary for frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the two will again have the chance to move one big step closer to the nomination. For Clinton, Tuesday represents a chance to put Bernie Sanders all but officially out of the race for the Democratic nomination. For Trump, it is a chance to make a resounding statement that he should be the GOP’s nominee despite the efforts to Ted Cruz and John Kasich to have it ripped away from him at a contested convention.
Those who follow live results of the April 26 primaries will see more suspense on the Republican aside. Donald Trump is trying to reach the 1,237 delegate threshold that would give him the nomination outright and avoid a contested convention.
His opponents are hoping to stop that. Cruz and Kasich announced on Sunday that they would be working together in an effort to block Trump, an unprecedented move that would attempt to keep him from reaching the delegate threshold. In statements released simultaneously, the campaigns noted that Kasich would cease campaigning in the winner-take-all state of Indiana and encourage voters to back Cruz. Kasich would take over in Oregon and New Mexico.
“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said (via Fox News). “To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.”
The results from Tuesday’s races could throw a wrench in the plans, however. Trump is projected to win — and often by big margins — in all of the states voting. A series of big wins could put him back on pace to reach the 1,237 marker.
There is significantly less drama on the Democratic side, where Hillary Clinton remains in complete control of the race. Sanders has faced a big deficit starting with the original Super Tuesday back in March and fell even further behind when Clinton defeated him in New York last week by more than 15 points.
When asked by MSNBC if she plans to move to the left and adopt some of Sanders’ positions, Clinton made it clear that she had no intentions.
“I’ve got 10.4 million votes. I have 2.7 million more folks, real people, showing up to cast their vote, to express their opinion, than Senator Sanders,” she said via CNBC. “I have a bigger lead in pledged delegates than Senator Obama when I ran against him in 2008 ever had over me. I am winning.”
Jane Sanders on reports Bernie Sanders will “reassess” campaign tonight: “No … we’re in it until the convention.” https://t.co/27pEPiJGpT— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 26, 2016
Bernie Sanders has vowed to remain in the contest until the end, allowing all voters to have a choice, but his path to the nomination could be almost impossible after Tuesday. Hillary Clinton holds leads in each state — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
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