Presidential campaign snapshots for Wednesday, March 23
Donald Trump won 59 percent of the delegates that were up for grabs in Tuesday’s contests. If he kept up that pace, he’d clinch the Republican nomination for president before the party’s national convention this summer.
Trump needs to win 54 percent of the remaining delegates to reach 1,237. That’s how many it takes to secure the GOP nomination.
Trump’s closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, would need to win 83 percent of the remaining delegates, a nearly impossible task.
Ted Cruz is suggesting he’d find a place for Republican rival John Kasich in his future administration if Kasich agrees to drop out of the presidential race and supports him.
Cruz noted that it’s mathematically impossible for Kasich to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination. So, the only role Kasich is playing now is that of a “spoiler” by taking votes that could have gone to Cruz. And that is only serving to help front-runner Donald Trump, Cruz says.
Hillary Clinton is closing in on collecting three-quarters of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
Bernie Sanders netted more than a dozen delegates after splitting the latest contests with Clinton. But he still trails significantly.
Three states held Democratic contests with a total of 131 delegates at stake.
Sanders picked up at least 67, having won big in Idaho and Utah.
Bernie Sanders says in a statement after his wins in the Idaho and Utah Democratic presidential caucuses that “tremendous voter turnouts” gave his campaign two victories “with extremely large margins.”
The Vermont senator says the support in Tuesday’s races “give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests.”
Sanders pointed to the participation of young people and working-class people, saying it was “exactly what the political revolution is all about.”
From Detroit News wire services