Today was a return to the status quo, since the past few primaries showed things going a different direction.
As expected, Clinton and Trump have come away victorious, much to the disappointment of Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders.
This marks a return to “normalcy” as opposed to the last weeks where Cruz and Sanders were making waves.
Let’s break down today and what it means for each candidate:
Trump (60.5% of the votes)
Trump should count this as a major win, and it could not have come at a better time. Following some of his worst weeks on the campaign, filled with blunder after blunder, Trump seemed to be a perfect case of schadenfreude, as he could not stop tripping over himself. His latest mistake was mixing up 9/11 and 7/11. The media reported this as a huge blunder, but voters seemed to see it for what it was: a simple slip of the tongue. Recent days looked to be a shift of support away from Trump and more to Cruz, and Trump seemed to be fading away. But this primary has been critical to the survival of the Trump campaign. He took away the vast majority of delegates from New York, and this has breathed more vigor into the campaign to push him closer to the magic number of 1237.
Cruz (14.5% of the votes)
This primary was an absolute disaster for Cruz. There was no expectation of a win, but a slight glimmer of hope. It was never considered that he would come in dead last, 10 points behind John Kasich! This primary makes one ting abundantly clear: Ted Cruz has very little appeal to these “northern Republicans”. Ted Cruz is an excellent candidate for the evangelicals in the Untied States, but the more moderate Republicans in America do not feel a strong connection to his policies.
Kasich (25.1% of the votes)
Today, the Kasich campaign should be celebrating. They are a far third in the race, but this primary shows the wide appeal for Kasich. He is seen as a moderate Republican, and he is still hanging in there. This campaign shows that Kasich is a good candidate for Vice President, who appeals to the moderate Republicans. It breathes some life into the campaign, and helps build the idea that Kasich would be a good candidate for a brokered convention.
Clinton (58% of the votes)
Clinton had an important win. This is her home state, and losing it would have crippled her campaign. She won by a large margin, but not large enough to end the Sanders campaign. The debate before the New York primary was a tough one for her, as she was consistently booed by the crowd for her refusal to release transcripts of her speeches to the big banks. This primary gets her closer to 2383, but more importantly it widens the gap between Clinton and Sanders.
Sanders (42% of the votes)
The rhetoric was strong going in, and the Sanders campaign was really excited. A win here would be a fatal blow for the Clinton campaign, and turn the tide of the primary contest to really project favor for the Sanders campaign. This was not the result, but ti also was not a crushing defeat for the campaign, as 42% keeps them in the race. But it does give an edge to Clinton, so it would not be surprising if the DNC approaches Sanders and tells him to tone it down, as the attacks on Clinton is just ammo for the Republicans in the general election.