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Hillary Wins Arizona, Bernie Takes Utah And Idaho

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Hillary Clinton has managed to win the pivotal presidential contest by taking Arizona Tuesday, prevailing over her Democratic nomination rival Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and continuing her chain of primary victories. The Associated Press was quick to declare Clinton the definite winner, announcing the big news less than 30 minutes after early balloting results were released.

On the other side of the trench, Sanders prevailed in caucuses in both Utah and Idaho, according to the Associated Press and other news organizations. The Vermont senator’s wins weren’t trivial either – he won by large margins, which enabled him to win sizable delegate majorities in both states.

Sanders did invest significant money and time in Arizona. He appeared in Phoenix, Tuscon, and Flagstaff at a total of five thunderous rallies which were largely dominated by younger voters who rushed to hear his “political revolution” message. Clinton thanked all her supports from Arizona with a short tweet that reads, “Thank you, Arizona,” and with a photograph of her at a rally in Phoenix.

When speaking in Seattle later in the evening, Clinton announced that she is determined to give back the hope that every American should have, adding that her party’s hard work will get them ahead. She concluded her speech with:

“That’s what we want for America.”

When Sanders spoke to supporters in San Diego, he cited “record-breaking turnouts” in states where the Tuesday contests were held, and also noted that his campaign appealed to voters because it is telling the truth. He added:

“We cannot go forward as a nation unless we are prepared to confront the real issues facing our country.”

Seventy-five of Arizona’s 85 Democratic National Convention delegates will be proportionally distributed based on the statewide vote and the vote in each of the state’s nine congressional districts. As far as the superdelegates are concerned, they are party leaders and elected officials. In Utah, 33 delegates will be divided in accordance with the results of Tuesday’s caucus. Idaho had twenty-three delegates.

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Clinton went to Phoenix on Monday, elaborating on her plans for the economy, college affordability, and immigration reform. Her husband former president Bill Clinton, who was in charge 20 years ago, was tagging close behind his wife. Strategists from both parties agree that, since Clinton won in 2008, the Democratic demographics trend well for her. To quote Republican strategist Garrett Archer:

“This state is literally tailor-made for her as a bellwether state. It’s not a Southern state, it’s not a Vermont or a Minnesota with a high population of college students.”

Sanders has taken a strong ground at attacking wealth inequality, explaining that the top 1% of Americans have nearly as much money as the bottom 90%. He particularly aimed his zealous energy at the Koch brothers, who are openly spending insane amounts of money to influence elections, adding that it’s “absolutely despicable” that they, as well as other wealthy donors, have so much control over the nation’s political system.

Many people who have voted for Sanders say that if Clinton ends up being the Democratic Party’s nominee, they will “hold their nose and support her,” but with a great deal of dissatisfaction. One particular reason for this is the amount of controversy surrounding her, especially the loss of American lives in Benghazi, Libya while Clinton was Secretary of State.

There are even people who claim they have waited in line to vote for Clinton. Sandra Hernandez, 48, explained that Clinton’s foreign policy credentials won her over in the end, even though she also feels a certain fondness for Bernie. She added that if more states had “felt the Bern” this primary election, she would’ve gone with Sanders.


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