Big Orange Machine and GOP presumptive nominee for president Donald John Trump did well in six primaries held Tuesday. By winning California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, by wide margins in some races,the soon to be 70 years old will steamroll into Cleveland in less than 50 days to be crowned the GOP’s new leader.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chair Sharon Day like the Big Apple billionaire and issued a statement on Tuesday’s election results that included a thought twister.
“Tonight, Donald Trump officially secured the requisite number of pledged delegates to be the Party’s presumptive nominee and built on his historic number of votes in the GOP Primary. Donald Trump sets up a clear contrast between Clinton who was anointed by Democrat insiders, and a successful businessman who offers a new path to get our country back on track.”
Tuesday was full of surprise. Another equally impressive phenomena happened Tuesday when Hillary Rodham Clinton made history by becoming the first woman to gain presumptive nominee status for a major American party, in this case the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton, 69, captured the 2383 pledged delegates needed to represent the party in the fall General Election. She beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in three more states—New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. With voting totals still uncertain, Mrs. Clinton was leading Sen. Sanders in California [62%] but Sanders won North Dakota, a caucus state, and was inching ahead of Mrs. Clinton in Montana. In a controversial call yesterday, the AP declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee before today’s voting in six states. Sen. Sanders said he was “disappointed” and “upset” at the call, the AP reported.
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz liked what happened today. “Even before voters went to the polls today, more than 24 million voters had turned out to support our Democratic candidates in primaries and caucuses,” she said in a statement. “And in state after state, exit polls have shown that overwhelming majorities of Democrats are excited about our candidates. At the same time, a majority of Republicans lament their own divisive primary, and even the Republican Speaker of the House continues to struggle with having to support his own Party’s standard-bearer. Republicans have nominated a divisive and dangerous candidate in Donald Trump, and we are going to hold him and all of their candidates accountable.”
Back in Ohio, Democrats are ready for the fight to unite to defeat Donald Trump and Republicans this fall. “We look forward to working now, through the Convention and beyond to unite Democrats, independents and even Republicans to stop Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton President of the United States,” Chairman David Pepper and Vice Chair Rhine McLin said in prepared remarks.
Both officials said the the party is stronger after spirited campaigns run in Ohio and states will bring issues both campaigns passionately campaigned for to national attention.
In his weekly conference call with Ohio media, Senator Sherrod Brown said that in spite of the tensions that mounted between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over the last months of the primary season, he expects Sen. Sanders to come on-board on his own timetable. Sen. Sanders will offer “full throated” support for Mrs. Clinton, Sen. Brown said today, predicting that Mr. Sanders “will slowly move the great majority of his supporters…to support Hillary.” Every primary gets personal, he said, but he contrasted the Democratic primary season to the name-calling and family insults that dominated the Republican contest and said there’s no comparison.
Sen. Brown was already aware of a posting at Politico today that quoted aides to Sanders saying that “progressives who picked Clinton are cynical, power-chasing chickens — like Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of his most consistent allies in the Senate before endorsing Clinton and campaigning hard for her ahead of the Ohio primary. Sanders is so bitter about it that he’d be ready to nix Brown as an acceptable VP choice, if Clinton ever asked his advice on who’d be a good progressive champion.” Brown’s name is on a list of possible vice presidential picks as determined by media. Sen. Brown has stuck by his story that he’s not interested in the job, although reports say his wife, Pulitzer Prizing winning columnist Connie Schultz said that might change if Mrs. Clinton actually offered him a spot on the ticket.
Hillary Clinton won three million more votes than Sen. Sanders, Sen. Brown reminded reporters on the call. He added that “as fever for Bernie subsidies and anger begins to evaporate, Bernie Sanders’ voters will come to realize that Donald Trump will be a disaster.”
Mr. Brown, from his years as an Ohio Congressman, has known Mr. Sanders for 24 years now. Sen. Brown, whose second term ends in 2018, expressed confidence that Sen. Sanders will be speaking out for Mrs. Clinton candidacy once voting ends next Tuesday in Washington D.C.
As for Mrs. Mrs. Clinton, she spoke from Brooklyn, New York where her campaign is headquartered, telling an energized crowd that “Because of you, for the first time in our country’s history, a woman will be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States. Tonight, we can say with pride that no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, or yes, what gender you are—in America, there is no barrier too great and no ceiling too high to break.”
But the going will get tougher real soon. Reports say a new super political action committee being organized by a friend of Donald Trump’s will spend about $1.2 million in the next two weeks on television advertising. The group, Rebuilding America Now PAC, run by Trump ally Tom Barrack, a real estate investor in Los Angeles, has raised $32 million in just a few days after its creation. Ads attacking Hillary Clinton were previewed by the group on Sunday and Monday news programs.
The 30-second spot toggles between Bill Clinton denying his affair with a White House intern while he was president and Hillary Clinton explaining her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.” The ad concludes, “Same old typical politician.” The AP reports the ad will air on cable stations across the country and “marks the first major pro-Trump super PAC effort aimed at persuading general election voters.”
Meanwhile, news agency Reuters reports that a poll done with Ipsos and released today shows Donald Trump losing to Hillary Clinton by 10 points. This poll, the news agency said, “differs from others that are often days removed from when their data was collected. As a result, the Reuters/Ipsos poll often detects shifts in opinion well ahead of other surveys.”
Lost in today’s voting news is that one-time GOP presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, lost another six state elections.