It’s got to feel good to be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump after New York on Tuesday. They voted for themselves during the day, and then a few hours later they got to celebrate winning their home state’s primary.
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Canadian who memorably trashed “New York values” a few months back at a debate, was coldly shut out after earning a mere 14.7 percent of the vote. Cruz’s religiosity doesn’t exactly mesh as well with New York as it does in places like Iowa. But before New York, he had won Wisconsin, and his campaign seemed inspired as Trump’s dragged a little. Now, even without the votes of Trump’s kids, two of whom failed to register in time to support their dad, things are back as they were before the underdogs had their moment.
Ted Cruz came in only a few points behind Kasich.— Covfefe New Year (@HumanVeterinary) April 20, 2016
Oddly, Gov. John Kasich–who cannot win enough delegates before the convention at this point–grabbed a quarter of the vote in New York, and more importantly, he scrapped together two delegates. However, Sen. Marco Rubio still has more, and he’s, you know, not in the race anymore. Kasich is clinging on just to mess things up, and that’s commendable.
John Kasich getting up every morning to aggressively pursue an utterly hopeless goal is how I feel every day about my own life. #NYPrimary— Nick Nuñez (@StudMcMuffinTop) April 20, 2016
Trump squashed everybody flat, however, with more than 60 percent of the vote and some 84 delegates. If this doesn’t put some hop back in the Trump campaign, nothing will.
And on the Democrat side, things have gotten scrappy recently. Clinton dominated with nearly 58 percent of the vote and 129 new delegates. This should recharge the perpetual frontrunner who doesn’t have the Rocky appeal of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
But if Sanders is going down, he is going down like the fictional Philly boxer. He has left being sick of hearing about Clinton emails far behind and has been hitting her relentlessly on war and on Wall Street as of late. Sanders’ campaign manager says his boss is ready and willing to fight until the convention, but Clinton not getting 2,383 delegates needed to crush him before then seems less and less likely as she now is more than 700 delegates ahead.
This campaign has been called over, and candidates have been written off every few weeks for the past nine months, and there’s no need to do it again. But both Trump and Clinton really could get their delegates before the convention. Pundits are giving Sanders his last rites, and Trump’s people are saying he’ll get the needed 1,237 delegates, thereby making a second convention ballot and a contested event unnecessary. If he doesn’t get those votes, and it’s contested, there’s a real chance the mainstream GOP’s backlash against him could mean he doesn’t get the nomination. Either way, a contested convention could still happen, and for fun, let’s hope it does–on both sides.