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On Tuesday, April 26, Delaware declared its support for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the primaries. As voters went to the polls to cast their votes in another 2016 Super Tuesday contest, the fact that the war over the party nominations is winding down has become increasingly clear. This primary, which is known to those in the Northeastern U.S. as the “Acela Primary,” was so named due to the expansive Amtrak railroad line that runs through the five states holding primary contests on Apr. 26, 2016. The five states in contention for this Super Tuesday contest included Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
For Donald Trump, it was a clean sweep among Republican primary voters in all five states. For Hillary Clinton, it was a sound victory for the Democratic frontrunner in three states including Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), managed to pull off a win in Rhode Island. However, Connecticut proved to be a battleground state for Democratic primary voters, with results too close to call for an extended portion of the evening. At the end of the night, the state was called for Clinton.
For both Clinton and Trump, the results in Delaware and the rest of the “Northeast Primaries,” which is another common reference for the April 26 Super Tuesday contests, has positioned the candidates to claim their respective party nominations in short order.
As Delaware declared its support for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the primaries, both candidates are approaching their respective delegate counts needed to secure their party nominations. As the Super Tuesday primary season continues to wind down, it is looking as if the Democratic and Republican frontrunners, Clinton and Trump, respectively, will claim their party’s nominations and continue to do battle for the White House in the General Election on Nov. 8, 2016.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
USA TODAY–Tuesday Northeast Primaries: What’s Happening Now
New York Times–April 26 Primary Results
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