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March 15th was the day of reckoning for the GOP. Donald Trump or a contested convention is now the only way forward for the Republican presidential candidacy. In short, it was an outright disaster for the GOP. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton crushed her socialist opponent, Bernie Sanders, which was a stunning victory for sanity in a campaign that has been full of anything but.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump won four out of the five states that were up for grabs on the 15th. Perhaps his most important victory of the night was in Florida, knocking out Marco Rubio in the process and winning 99 delegates that are apportioned on a winner-take-all basis. Donald Trump also won in Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina, and expanded his delegate lead to more than 200 over his nearest rival Ted Cruz according to statistical blog FiveThirtyEight. The only good news from the night is that John Kasich won his own state of Ohio, denying Trump a clean sweep, raising the hope for a contested convention, where no candidate wins an outright majority of delegates. It is also important to note that, according to FiveThirtyEight, Trump is behind his delegate targets, gaining only 97% of that target, as it suggests that a contested convention is possible. Either a contested convention or a Trump win would be a disaster for the Republican party. If the nomination were decided at the convention, things wouldn’t get much better. Who would the nomination be given to? Egotistical Ted Cruz, who shut down the government in 2013. In short, there are no good options left, especially since Kasich has no chance. If, instead, the nomination were to be won by Donald Trump, the candidate who claimed he saw Muslims in New Jersey cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed,suggests a woman’s menstruation cycle is the reason for her asking tough questions, calls immigrants rapists, and idolizes a tyrant would be leading the Republican party.
In the Democratic race, the news is far more positive. Hillary Clinton, after a five state sweep, leads her opponent, Bernie Sanders, by 300 plus delegates, according to the Guardian. This is a victory for sanity, as Bernie Sanders wanted to crush free trade, vastly increase taxes on the rich, and make healthcare free, a policy that would vastly expanded the federal deficit. This is not to say that this editorialist is convinced by Hillary Clinton. She acts as if raising the minimum wage is a good thing, she doesn’t like free trade, and is overly supportive of labor unions. And Paul Krugman also supports her, which is a bad sign. However, she is far less extreme than Bernie Sanders.
In short, the contest for the Republican nomination looks set to be decided at the convention or won by Donald Trump, while the Democrats are coalescing around a more pragmatic candidate, Hillary Clinton.
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