On April 26, 2016, American voters in Rhode Island turned out to make their choice of presidential nominees known. The polls closed at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Unlike previous primaries in the 2016 election cycle, there were no early projections of winners announced. When he reached 60 percent with less than 10 percent of the votes counted, The New York Times predicted him to be the winner. For the Democrats, the percentages remained close throughout the tallying process. However, Bernie Sanders managed to beat Hillary Clinton.
Trump finished with 68.3 percent of the vote, John Kasich garnered 24.4, and Ted Cruz came in third with 10.4. There were 16 delegates awarded in the Rhode Island primary; the winner claimed nine and Kasich added five to his overall total, which left one for Cruz. The front-runner dominated the state, but Kasich managed to carry Barrington with almost half of those voters supporting his candidacy.
Sanders was declared the winner in Rhode Island with 55 percent of the votes, and Clinton finished with 43.3. The Democratic winner scored 13 of the 24 awarded delegates. While Sanders carried the state, Clinton won by a small margin in Pawtucket, Barrington and East Greenwich.
There were four other primaries on April 26. In Connecticut, Trump and Clinton were declared winners with 57 and 51 percent, respectively. Also winning in Delaware, Trump received 61 percent and Clinton 60. In Maryland, Clinton garnered 63 and Trump won 54 percent of the votes. In Pennsylvania, the winners were Trump and Clinton; they secured 57 and 56 percent respectively.
The NBC delegate tracker indicated that, after today’s contests, Trump secured 954 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination for the Republicans. Cruz came in second with a total of 562, and Kasich had 152. Ted Cruz still holds 172 delegates, even though he is no longer seeking the nomination.
On the Democratic side, Clinton had amassed 2,117 of the 2,383 necessary to win the nomination at the convention, to be held in July. Sanders holds a total of 1,330 delegates. The New York Times published a story earlier in the day suggesting Sanders would reassess his race for the White House. However, Jane Sanders told MSNBC, “No…we’re in it until the convention.”
By Cathy Milne
The New York Times: Rhode Island
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NBC: 2016 Election News; Delegate Tracker for Republicans on April 26, 2016; Delegate Tracker for Democrats on April 26, 2016
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