Hillary Clinton Sweeps Tuesday’s Primaries

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Clinton won the state of Florida in the primary election. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) ORG XMIT: OTK
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Clinton won the state of Florida in the primary election. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Yesterday, Democratic primaries were held in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. As voters were heading to the poll, Bill and Hillary Clinton met with voters in two states. Bill was in Illinois where he visited voters in Chicago. Meanwhile, Hillary was in North Carolina where she took time to talk to and take pictures with voters in the Raleigh area.

As for the results, Hillary swept all five states, something that had not bee predicted. Early in the night, the states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio were called for Hillary. In Florida, Hillary was the clear winner with 64.4% to Sanders’ 33.3%. In North Carolina, Hillary won with 54.6% and Sanders had 40.8%. Ohio was a wild card going into the evening, but she won there by double digits: 56.5% to Sanders’ 42.7%.

Going late into the night, the two states in contention were her home state of Illinois and Missouri. Hillary was declared the winner with a lead over Sanders of 50.4% to 48.7%. Missouri proved to be a tight race for both Democrats and Republicans. While Hillary started with an early lead, Sanders overtook her and lead by as much as 3%. But votes from St. Louis and Kansas City pushed her ahead and she won 49.6% to 49.4%. The margin of victory was 1,531 votes!

After being declared the winner in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, Clinton spoke to supporters at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida. During her speech, she thanked her supporters and volunteers and said the fight was not over. However, she turned her attention away from the Democratic primary to the general election against Republican front-runner Donald Trump. She said, “When we hear a candidate for president call for rounding up 12 million immigrants, banning all Muslims from entering the United States, when he embraces torture, that doesn’t make him strong, it makes him wrong.” A video of her victory speech is below.

 State Type Winner
Florida Closed Primary Hillary Clinton
Illinois Open Primary Hillary Clinton
Missouri Open Primary Hillary Clinton
North Carolina Semi-closed Primary Hillary Clinton
Ohio Semi-open Primary Hillary Clinton

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News Source: Miami Herald, Politico, NBC Chicago, WRAL

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