This past Tuesday, New York finally got to speak up in this presidential election, and guess what? They said just about what everyone else is saying.
Donald Trump won the Republican primary with 89 delegates and 60% of the votes, while Hillary Clinton slid into a victory in the Democratic Primary 139 out 247 delegates, taking 58% of the votes. While these outcomes did not come as a surprise to many, Bernie Sanders had been picking up traction for the last couple of weeks, accumulating with what seemed to be a very enthusiastic and supportive response in New York. The Bern man even held a rally right in the center of our home – Washington Square Park. So what went wrong? And what does it mean for the imminent candidate nomination and general election?
Going into New York’s own “Super Tuesday”, there was controversy surrounded by the fact that millions of independent voters were not able to vote. Independent voters who mostly vote for Sanders. These voters were denied their right because the state’s primary was a “closed primary” therefore, it was closed to voters of party affiliations that are not on record, meaning they didn’t declare it before the voter deadline.
Protestors were hoping to gain a temporary right to vote, just during New York’s primary, which they petitioned to District Judge Seybert. However, they were denied. Due to this, it is believed that Bernie lost a lot of possible votes – votes that might have sent him over that 16% line-loss. However, the real concern is the fact that there are people in this country who are being denied the right to vote, simply because they need more time to decide who they want to vote for. This restriction was challenged in a Supreme Court case in the ‘70s, but the court ruled on behalf of the state.
So what happens now?
There are 21 states (and the commonwealth Puerto Rico) that have yet to vote in the primary election. However, in the Democratic party, Sanders will have to win every upcoming state in order to beat Clinton for a nomination – or he will have to convince super delegates to vote for him, and go against the democratic voters of the country. Concerning the Republican party, Ted Cruz was crushed in New York – he only won 4 delegate votes. Therefore, he can no longer reach the delegate threshold to claim nomination.
Like Sanders, Cruz will have to pave a way to the nomination convention and make his argument for Republican nominee for President. Despite these two passengers having an option (as well as Sanders having a narrow possibility), it seems clear who is driving this race: Clinton and Trump.