Bernie Sanders Projected Winner Of Indiana Primary

Senator Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Indiana Democratic primary, according to CBS.

All votes are not counted yet, but Sen. Sanders is currently slightly ahead of former First Lady Hillary Clinton and is predicted to be the winner of the Indiana Democratic primary.

In the Indiana Republican primary, businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump was victorious. Senator Ted Cruz has dropped out of the presidential race, says The Hill. Ohio Governor John Kasich remains in the race, still hoping to force a brokered convention.

As reported by The Inquisitr, Sen. Sanders intends to force a contested convention, fighting Mrs. Clinton for every vote, especially the votes of the superdelegates. Clinton is still ahead in the delegate count, but it is not impossible for Sanders to catch up. Difficult, but not impossible.

Vox called it a “moral victory,” but predicted it wouldn’t be a large enough victory to be “an actual path to the Democratic nomination.”

“Sanders needs to win 66 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to claim a majority of them. To pull that off, Sanders had to win all of the remaining states by more than he’s won in any state but his home-state of Vermont… That not going to happen, especially given that Sanders is down in polling in several of the biggest states ahead, like California and New Jersey. Not winning Indiana by a big margin thus puts Sanders even further behind his target to catch up with Clinton.”

Hillary Clinton needs 2,383 delegates to guarantee the Democratic nomination. Before the Indiana primary, Clinton had 1664 delegates to Sanders’ 1371 delegates, not counting the superdelegates, who are allowed to change their votes. While Indiana’s Republican primary is winner-take-all, their Democratic primary allocates delegates proportionally. Sanders has won the support of 45 delegates while Clinton has won 37 delegates. This makes the delegate tally 1,701 for Clinton, 1,416 for Sanders.

There are 13 Democratic primaries left between now and June 14: Guam (May 7), West Virginia (May 10), Kentucky, Oregon (May 17), Virgin Islands (June 4), Puerto Rico (June 5), California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota (June 7), and the District of Columbia (June 14). Some polls say Clinton is too far ahead to lose. Other polls say Sanders, who has won the last few states, is gaining momentum and can force a contested convention. Mrs. Clinton is just over 300 delegates ahead of Sen. Sanders, and California has nearly 500 delegates. The Facebook group Moderates for Bernie predicts a contested convention, the first one the Democrats have had since 1952.

Dr. Seth Abramson, a professor at the University of New Hampshire, explained in the Huffington Post why he thinks Ted Cruz dropping out of the race will benefit Bernie Sanders. First, with the Republican race all but decided, the news media will pay more attention to the Democratic race, which means more media attention for Sen. Sanders. Supporters of Sanders have long complained that he gets little to no attention from mainstream media.

Second, voters who might have chosen Donald Trump over tea party favorite Ted Cruz or Republican establishment representative John Kasich might now choose Bernie Sanders. Third, Clinton will have to divide her attention and her budget between Trump and Sanders now that the twice-divorced, four-times-bankrupt Trump is the GOP’s likely nominee. Fourth, Sanders is polling strongly in the states and territories that have yet to vote. His momentum could continue, leaving Clinton behind. Fifth, if the Democrats have a contest convention — which Dr. Abramson thinks likely — the superdelegates are more likely to change their minds and throw their support to Sen. Sanders.

Is the victory in Indiana enough to make Bernie Sanders the Democratic nominee? If so, can he beat Donald Trump?

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