While Biden has not endorsed either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nominee, he has not been shy about talking about the state of the race and the two candidates.
Both Trump and the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, were pushing ahead toward Northeast primaries on an increasingly direct path to party nominations after trouncing their challengers Tuesday in NY.
On Wednesday, the Kasich camp said his second-place finish in NY is more proof that he is emerging as the anti-Trump candidate as the race shifts next week to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have been mathematically eliminated, yet both contend they can win the nomination at the convention. A Republican needs 1,237 to be nominated, a level Trump may not be able to reach before the party’s July convention.
Trump basked in the glow of his victory at a rally in Indianapolis, where he drew several thousand people to a packed building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
In that case, convention delegates will vote for the candidate they are bound to on the first ballot, but then are free to vote for whom they wish on subsequent ballots.
“Systems like this favor people who have well organized campaigns and are backed by the party”, said Marc Meredith, an associate political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
His campaign reserved about $2 million worth of air time in soon-to-vote Pennsylvania and in, advertising tracker Kantar Media’s CMAG shows. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gestures as he speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting in Hollywood, Fla. One lawmaker, Peter King, went so far as to say he would consume cyanide if Cruz wins nomination. Put simply, Trump’s going to get close enough to 1,237 in the other remaining states that he simply must be denied most of Indiana’s 57 delegates. “We are headed to a contested convention at this point”.
Indeed, a handful of RNC members, led by Chairman Reince Priebus, have been quietly lobbying committee members against advising any changes to the rules this week.
Sanders would recapture some momentum with such an unexpected win, but can’t escape the fact that even the loser gets some delegates. Democrats had the opposite view: About 7 in 10 said the party had been energized by the battle between Clinton and Sanders, while 3 in 10 said it was divisive.
The Vermont senator took Wednesday off the campaign trail at home alone with his wife, leaving his top aides behind in Washington to cool their heels.
Sanders’ record March haul of nearly $46 million topped Clinton by about $19 million.
Kevin Bonham’s poll aggregate is now at 50.1% Two Party Preferred (2PP) to Labor, a gain of 0.7% for Labor since last week, and the first Labor lead in this aggregate since Turnbull became PM.
That might explain why Team Trump is exuding gross amounts of confidence these days – the calendar is suddenly pretty strong for Trump, and things could get very grim very quickly for his chief rival.
Host Sean Hannity asked Buchanan about the validity Cruz using the rules of the process to take delegates, which Buchanan acknowledge wasn’t criminal, but went on to declared that Trump was the victor. On the other hand, Kasich, who has only 148 delegates, despite doing better than Cruz in NY, would need 1,048 delegates to win the nomination.
Clinton said at a campaign event in Pennsylvania she would not respond to Trump’s comments about her.
Roughly at the same time, Trump’s newly hired political director, Rick Wiley, was hosting a series of private meetings at the Florida resort with party officials from states set to vote in the coming weeks.