US Election 2016
End of the Line
As the US presidential primaries roll to their close, we've now reached a point where we can come to some relatively final conclusions about both the Democratic and Republican campaigns.
I'll elaborate on these conclusions shortly, but here they are for now:
It's the end of the line for Sanders' campaign. Senator Sanders' campaign to get on the Democratic Presidential ticket was an extraordinary triumph: that a candidate with little to no nation-wide organisation, relatively little funding, and little to no national visibility has managed to do as well against a candidate with a fully fleshed-out organisation, piles of money, and a national profile stretching back decades is nothing short of astonishing. In the end, though, it wasn't enough. Unless Sanders' campaign does amazingly well in the remaining part of the primary, Clinton will win.
Trump (aka Yuuuge Lying Demagogue) might just clinch the nomination. With massively decisive results this month, he's just 284 delegates back from having enough of them to avoid a contested Republican convention in the summer. With the potential for big gains in the remaining winner-take-most and winner-take-all states, and the likelihood of capturing at least some of the remaining states, such a victory now appears entirely achievable. In short, it might be the end of the line for the Cruz and Kasich campaigns. The question is, what does this mean for the Republican Party and the country?
I'll make extensive use of the New York Times' primary calendar for information.