Trump and Clinton Win Big in April 26 Primaries

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored significant victories last night in a huge day for 2016 primaries.

Trump made a clean sweep – scoring victories in all five states that voted: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In each state Trump scored almost, or over, 60% of the vote. John Kasich came in second one very state but Pennsylvania, where Ted Cruz narrowly scored second place.

Hillary Clinton scored big in four out of five states. In Delaware she beat Sanders by 60% to 40%, in Maryland she won with 63% of the vote, and in Pennsylvania she won with 55% of the vote. Connecticut was a close race, with Clinton only winning by 5%.

Bernie Sanders won Rhode Island, his only victory of the night with 55% of the vote.

Sanders made a speech shortly after the polls closed, blaming his losses on closed primaries, which do not allow independent voters from participating. Every one of the four states he lost in had closed primaries. Rhode Island, his only win, allowed independent voters. Sanders has previously done well in open primary states.

The Vermont senator said: “In a general election, Democrat, independent, Republican, has the right to vote for president. The elections are not closed primaries. Those folks and independents all over this country will be voting in November for the next president of the United States. And in most cases, we win the independent vote by a 2-1 margin.”

Although he suffered a huge defeat last night, Sanders presses on, insisting that it is still not yet time to reevaluate his campaign.

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Alexandra Jacobo is a dedicated progressive writer, activist, and mother with a deep-rooted passion for social justice and political engagement. Her journey into political activism began in 2011 at Zuccotti Park, where she supported the Occupy movement by distributing blankets to occupiers, marking the start of her earnest commitment to progressive causes. Driven by a desire to educate and inspire, Alexandra focuses her writing on a range of progressive issues, aiming to foster positive change both domestically and internationally. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to community empowerment and a belief in the power of informed public action. As a mother, Alexandra brings a unique and personal perspective to her activism, understanding the importance of shaping a better world for future generations. Her writing not only highlights the challenges we face but also champions the potential for collective action to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

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