The Hill rated the two Democratic presidential candidates at a head to head tie in the Hoosier state, making this battle tighter than ever. Although supporters were hoping that Clinton could pull off another sweeping win against Sanders, it was not to be. Sanders fought hard, and managed to put his base together to pull out a victory, giving his campaign a much needed shot in the arm. Needless to say, the Vermont Senator is almost mathematically eliminated, though he put up a strong argument against that. Meantime, Clinton was already focusing on the competitions ahead, pivoting to the general election by slamming Donald Trump’s controversial positions.
While the Democratic party looks to the next primary, voters are wondering if Bernie Sanders will actually give full support to Hillary Clinton, especially if the race goes to a contested convention. Both camps focused on Indiana over the last several days, with topics ranging from manufacturing, to shaping a new Democratic party. Hillary drew a crowd at the Douglass Park Gymnasium touting support for the industrial state and its economic future, while Bernie spent time encouraging Indiana voters to help him win the nomination and change the political platform.
The Impact of Indiana
Hillary Clinton has almost won the majority of delegates needed to secure the presidential nomination, and with the delegate count from the Indiana primary, her lead increases. While Hillary is seen by most as the presumptive nominee, many still back Sanders when it comes to political change and social improvements. With 83 delegates to account for, Indiana is one of the last remaining big ticket states (aside form California and New Jersey) before the convention in Pennsylvannia, and both candidates are fighting tooth and nail to secure as many votes as they can.
If the Indiana delegate count wasn’t enough pressure for the candidates, then the Republican party rhetoric may be. Hillary recently went head to head with Trump, once again calling Trump a racist. And Trump didn’t stand by when insulted, stating “Hillary should spend more time producing her illegally hidden emails and less time trying to obfuscate a statement by me” in a recent post to the public.
With both the Democratic and Republican races approaching the finishing line, many are waiting to see the outcome in order to vote in November. Each vote counts, each state matters, and this election year is definitely one for the record books.