Bernie Sanders wins Indiana Democratic primary, Donald Trump, Indiana Republican

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Winners of the Indiana primary: Donald Trump (left) and Bernie Sanders (right)

On Tuesday, Indiana held its Democratic and Republican 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 election. The results: Donald Trump obtained 51 of the 57 delegates, while on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders obtained 43 of the state’s 83 pledged delegates; super delegates are still undetermined.

Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, now needs only 200 more delegates to secure the nomination. On the Democratic side, despite Sanders’s win, Hillary Clinton still has 92% of the delegates she needs to secure the nomination. Still, Sanders expressed that “the Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong.”

Ted Cruz‘s poor performance has caused him to suspend his campaign. “Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed,” Cruz said. On Wednesday, John Kasich also suspended his campaign. This makes Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee. Additionally, conservative groups that oppose Donald Trump are considering having a third party candidate run against him in the general election.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders is celebrating 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 needs to earn 66% of the Democratic Party’s remaining pledged delegates.


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