Posted: 11:45 pm Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In a decisive set of victories, Donald Trump overwhelmed his Republican rivals and Hillary Clinton took another big step toward her party’s nomination, as voters in five eastern states pushed Trump and Clinton closer to a general election showdown for President in November.
Trump didn’t just win on Tuesday – he obliterated Ted Cruz and John Kasich in five eastern states:
+ Trump had 57 percent in Pennsylvania
+ 55 percent in Maryland
+ Almost 61 percent in Delaware
+ 58 percent in Connecticut
+ Nearly 64 percent in Rhode Island
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump told supporters, as he ran up the score in delegates as well, moving closer to the numbers he will need for a convention majority in July.
Trump's sweeps in CT & MD and the wins his slate is getting in Pennsylvania are enough for Indiana to no longer be absolute must-win for him
— Taniel (@Taniel) April 27, 2016
The delegate tally showed just how good a night it was for Trump, as he won 110 pledged delegates; John Kasich received 5, and Ted Cruz had three.
Those were not exactly numbers that would result in an open convention.
As for the 54 officially “unpledged” delegates from Pennsylvania, Trump’s slate was doing well in those races, as about half were going to candidates backed by the GOP leader, with others likely to vote for him as the winner of their Congressional district.
Trump slate has 31 of 54 unbound PA slots with 98% counted. 7 on 'not Trump' slate, another 11 who said they'd support winner of their CD,
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) April 27, 2016
In other words, Cruz and Kasich struggled to win a dozen delegates between them, while Trump gained almost 150.
Trump’s primary night dominance was across the board, as he only lost a few towns in New England.
Holy crap stat of the night: Of the hundreds of towns/counties/divisions in play tonight, Trump has won all but…SEVEN of them.
— Steve Singiser (@stevesingiser) April 27, 2016
As for the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton further tightened her grip on her party’s nomination, as she won in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut.
Like Trump, Clinton was also looking ahead to November.
As for Sanders, he gave no hint that he was getting out of the race after winning only in Rhode Island.
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come,” Sanders said in an email to supporters.
But after the results of the last two weeks, it gets more and more difficult for those opposing Clinton and Trump.
A win next week in Indiana for Trump would just about lock up the GOP nomination – and if Clinton can win the Hoosier State – then both candidates may be on a collision course in November..
First incumbent in Congress loses in 2016
Despite a lot of talk about voter “anger” in the Republican race for President, the first member of Congress to lose a primary this year was actually a Democrat.
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) of Philadelphia lost his re-election bid, mainly because of a cloud of scandal hanging over him, as a federal grand jury indicted him last year on a variety of corruption charges.
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 29, 2015
On the Republican side, a Tea Party challenge against Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) fell short.
Fattah’s loss means that 43 members of the House won’t be back in January of 2017 for the new session of Congress.
That’s already a 10 percent change in the House, with many primaries and the November elections still to come.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.