Your Cheat Sheet to Tuesday's Elections
One week after Donald Trump became the likely GOP nominee, voters are casting ballots in two states. Check out everything you need to know about the West Virginia primary and Nebraska GOP primary.
Here's what's happening:
- Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia Democratic contest with almost 50 percent of the vote.
- Of course, Trump had no issue winning there now that he is the only Republican candidate left in the race. He also took Nebraska.
- Going into today, Clinton had 1,705 delegates and Sanders had 1,415 out of the 2,383 needed. (This count does not include superdelegates, many of whom have pledged to vote for Clinton but can still change their minds.)
- Trump had amassed 1,020 delegates delegates out of the 1,237 necessary to win the party nomination.
Here's what it means:
- As he racks up more wins, Sanders continues to prove how powerful he has been during this election and how he will continue to influence the party platform even if Clinton is the nominee.
- That is still the likely outcome, since only 29 Democratic delegates were up for grabs today and the Sanders campaign is virtually over when you look at the math.
- It's only a matter of time before Trump reaches the delegate threshold to go from "presumptive" to "official" Republican nominee.
- With no competitors left in his party, Trump is shifting his attacks to Hillary Clinton. This week, he called her an "enabler" of Bill Clinton's infidelities.
- Clinton isn't holding back either. She recently released an ad about how Trump is dividing, not unifying, his party.
Here's what's next:
- There will be a Kentucky Democratic primary and an Oregon primary next Tuesday.
- Follow all our election coverage here.