|March 22, 2016 Primary results|
It is a very beautiful Wednesday afternoon and it is time for the weekly Blogger Candidate Forum Primary wrap up. Congratulations to Sec. Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Senators Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). They were the winners of the Arizona primary (Sec. Clinton and Mr. Trump), the Utah Caucus (Senators Sanders and Cruz) and Idaho Caucus (Sens. Sanders and Cruz-held on March 8th). Meanwhile, Sen. Sanders nicely rebounded from getting swept in last week's primaries-winning the Idaho and Utah Caucuses winning 33 delegates in total. You are all probably wondering what happened to Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio). So is the Kasich campaign. Gov. Kasich failed to capitalize on his victory in Ohio last week and came in a distant third in Arizona and very distant second in Utah. Let us see where things stand at the moment.
|The remaining candidates|
|Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)|
Speaking of Sec. Hillary Clinton, at a campaign event in Seattle, the former Secretary of State used her time at the podium primarily to address the horrible events in Brussels, Belgium and take aim at Mr. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz. Without directly mentioning the gentlemen, Sec. Clinton told the crowd,
|Secretary Hillary Clinton|
Despite her victory in Arizona and last week's clean sweep, Sec. Clinton continues to struggle in predominantly Caucasian states that cast their ballots in caucuses. The tenor of Democratic contest has made Blogger truly happy. Instead of engaging in ad homonym attacks and vulgarity, both Sen. Sanders and Sec. Clinton have chosen the high road. This is excellent new for anyone who wants a campaign that is about a vision for the next four years. Blogger still believes that Sec. Clinton will be the Democratic standard bear in the fall, barring a meltdown.
|Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)|
Donald Trump's blew past the combined efforts of Sen. Cruz and Gov. John Kasich to an easy win in Arizona. His commanding victory was due to the "Grand Canyon State's" generous early-voting laws, proving that he could win in a closed Republican primary where Democrats and Independents are prevented from voting. The win was a resounding rebuttal to Sen. Cruz's assertion that Mr. Trump would struggle in the remaining contests because many of them were closed Republican primaries. Mr. Trump's real weakness is in caucus states, "where organizational strength and be decisive." (Ibid) However, after Arizona, there are more such contests.
|Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio)|
Needless to say this presidential election cycle is rapidly becoming one wild ride. One has to wonder how much longer can Gov. John Kasich sustain his campaign? While Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign platform continues to resonate loudly among voters, you have to ask yourself how much longer can he continue to battle the Clinton juggernaut? This not to say the Sec. Hillary Clinton is the ideal candidate, far from it. She has her glaring weaknesses and the ongoing investigation into her emails during her tenure as Secretary of State hangs over her campaign like a dark cloud. Both Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz are running on pure hubris. Eventually it will catch up to them both. Buckle up ladies and gentlemen, this campaign is a wild ride to the finish.
Program note: Blogger Candidate Forum will be presented once a week, on Wednesdays, beginning March 30. This will continue through the conventions and the General Elections. Please check the blogs for updates.