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Thursday, April 28, 2016

What America Thinks: Post-Tuesday Delegate Update

On Tuesday, we gave you an update on where the remaining presidential candidates stood in terms of delegates, but the five state primaries held that day in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island have gone a long way toward deciding the races in both parties. So where do we stand now?

Republican Donald Trump swept all five Republican primaries, carrying every country in every state. He now has 954 total delegates, bringing him a lot closer to the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination. Still hanging are 54 undeclared delegates in Pennsylvania, but most are expected to go Trump’s way. Challengers Ted Cruz and John Kasich have 562 delegates and 153 delegates, respectively. They have no mathematical chance of securing enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot at the national Republican convention in July and can only hope to emerge as the nominee from a brokered convention. If Trump wins the Indiana primary next Tuesday, he appears to be on his way to a first-ballot victory.

On the Democratic side, Clinton won four of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries, losing only Rhode Island to Bernie Sanders. She now holds an insurmountable delegate lead, with 2,151 of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination. That includes 520 special superdelegates, ensuring her the winning edge. Sanders has just 1,338 delegates in all.